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BC SPCA distributes more than $100,000 across B.C. to address cat overpopulation

April 30, 2018

Community cats and animals on First Nations reserves are on the road to better lives thanks to the BC SPCA Community Animal Spay Neuter grant program.

With the largest amount of funding available since the program’s inception six years ago, the BC SPCA is happy to announce the twenty grant recipients selected to address pet overpopulation throughout the province.

“We are excited to fund projects in all corners from the province this year, in locations such as Invermere in the Interior and numerous remote communities in Northern B.C., where access to spay/neuter services is limited,” says BC SPCA outreach specialist Marieke van der Velden.

Recipients include First Nation governments, BC SPCA branches, veterinarians, municipalities and animal charities that are eager to make an impact on the cat overpopulation in their community.

“Preventing unwanted litters through spaying and neutering is the most effective and humane approach to solving the problem. By partnering with local groups we are able to reach more cats and reduce the suffering of countless of cats and kittens,” van der Velden explains. “In addition to preventing population growth, fixing these cats also improves the health of the individual cats and the human community in which they live.”

Feral stray cat outdoors with two different coloured eyes

All of the funds go directly toward the cost of spay/neuter surgeries and permanent identification for nearly 1,000 cats and dogs. Since the launch of the program in 2013, the BC SPCA Community Animal Spay/Neuter Grant program has supported the spaying and neutering of 3,217 cats, 339 dogs and 100 rabbits.

The grant recipients are (in alphabetical order):

Community Cat Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

  • BC SPCA Haida Gwaii (charity) – Haida Gwaii
  • BC SPCA Kamloops & District (charity) – Kamloops
  • BC SPCA North Cariboo (charity) – Prince George
  • BC SPCA Prince Rupert (charity) – Prince Rupert
  • BC SPCA Quesnel (charity) – Quesnel
  • BC SPCA South Okanagan – Similkameen (charity) – Penticton
  • Campbell River Partners in Animal Welfare Society (charity) – Campbell River
  • Cats Meow Society (non-profit) – Port Hardy
  • City of Merritt (municipality) – Merritt
  • Coastal Animal Rescue & Education Network (non-profit) – Tofino
  • Dee’s Orphan Kitten Fund (charity) – Victoria
  • Invermere Companion Animal Network (charity) – Invermere
  • Nanoose Bay Catspan (charity) – Nanoose Bay
  • Okanagan Humane Society (charity) – Kelowna
  • Quadra Island Cat Rescue (charity) – Heriot Bay
  • Vet to Pet Mobile (veterinarian) – Smithers
  • Westbank First Nation (First Nation Reserve) – Kelowna

Cats in First Nations communities

  • Campbell River Partners in Animal Welfare Society (charity) – Campbell River
  • Coastal Animal Rescue & Education Network (non-profit) – Tofino
  • Dee’s Orphan Kitten Fund (charity) – Victoria
  • Paws for Hope (charity) – Nass Valley
  • Westbank First Nation (First Nation Reserve) – Kelowna

Dogs in First Nations communities

  • Canadian Animal Assistance Team (charity) – Kwadacha
  • Prince George Humane Society (charity) – Prince George

Homeless cat