The BC SPCA is offering 50 per cent off adult cat adoption fees from June 20 to 30 to help free up space in its locations for incoming animals. The adoption promotion is presented by Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
“Our shelters are overwhelmed with cats as we’ve been responding to many cases this year where up to 100 cats are being rescued at one time from hoarding situations,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of communications for the BC SPCA. “Just this month we took in 120 cats from a property in northern B.C. and these kinds of cases are happening all around the province. This time of year is always very busy with incoming animals and these large-scale intakes place additional demands on our facilities and resources.”
Chortyk says the society is hoping to find wonderful homes for the cats in SPCA care during this adoption promotion as well as freeing up space to bring in more cats and kittens who urgently need help. She notes that some of the cats currently available for adoption have come from two recent cases – one involving more than 70 cats who were brought to the BC SPCA Surrey facility and a large number of Himalayan cats surrendered to the society’s Sea to Sky location in Squamish. “We are definitely getting more and more requests for help on properties where hoarding situations have gotten out of control, or people are just overwhelmed with the number of animals they are caring for,” says Chortyk. “COVID, the rising cost of living and mental health challenges are all playing a role in this increased need for help. We encourage anyone who has been thinking about adopting a pet to take advantage of this promotion. You will not only be providing a loving home for a deserving animal, but it will also allow us to create capacity to help more abused and neglected animals.”
“We are extremely grateful to Hill’s for their ongoing and generous support of vulnerable animals in B.C. and for sponsoring this adoption promotion,” says Chortyk.