03/03/2015 10:25 EST | Updated 05/03/2015 05:59 EDT

SPCA West Island in jeopardy of closing after only a year

The SPCA West Island in Vaudreuil may have to shut down due to financial issues.

It opened in November 2013 and is already $55,000 in debt.

Rémi​ Brazeau, the organization's general director, said that's partly because it operates as a no-kill shelter, which leads to added costs that other shelters don`t have.

"We need public support," Bazeau told Daybreak Montreal.

"We've worked so hard. We've invested a lot of money in this project... but without the proper funds we cannot pay the debts."

The shelter has started an online fundraising campaign in the hopes of staying open for at least another year.

Brazeau said with the proper public support, he's confident his organization can reach a balanced budget.