With a generous grant from the BC Hydro GO Fund, the North Peace BC SPCA has been able to successfully provide spay/neuter surgeries for owned cats from low income families in the Fort St. John area.
“We are happy we have been able to offer this program to those in need in our community,” says Candace Buchamer, manager of the BC SPCA in North Peace. “In addition to helping pet guardians, it helps us reduce the cat overpopulation problem in Fort St. John and the number of cats and kittens who come through our small shelter.”
Since the program launched last September, 66 cats have been sterilized. “The cat guardians were able to get their felines the care they needed for good health and welfare, while keeping their family together,” says Buchamer.
In some cases, access to the spay/neuter program has alerted owners to other urgent health issues with their pet. “In one case, when an individual brought her female cat to be spayed, the veterinarian noticed that the cat was suffering from Pyometra, an infection of the uterus,” says Buchamer.
“Had the owner not been able to access veterinary services this cat would likely have died. Now, the cat is healthy and living happily in her home.”
While the program is now completed, the BC SPCA is on the look-out for further funding to continue providing these services in the future.