Leaving a legacy gift can really help – especially where the province’s pet overpopulation problem is concerned. Thanks to the generosity of BC SPCA animal lovers and supporters who planned ahead and designated legacies, more animals will be spayed and neutered in order to help bring the animal overpopulation crisis in the province under control.
Homeless cats and kittens, in particular, suffer needlessly because of their sheer numbers in B.C.
“There are tens of thousands of homeless kittens and cats in British Columbia,” says BC SPCA general manager, community relations Lorie Chortyk, who notes that these abandoned and free-roaming cats suffer from starvation, illness, injury, freezing temperatures and predator attacks because of human neglect. “In our new, five-year Strategic Plan, we’re targeting pet overpopulation – cats in particular – as we move forward, as it is a completely preventable problem.”
Part of that focus includes partnering with local organizations, governments, veterinarians and others, Chortyk says.
A total of $80,000 from several legacies designated to the spaying or neutering of cats will go toward many partner charities and non-profit organizations including the BC SPCA to help address the cat overpopulation crisis. They are (in alphabetical order):
Free roaming cat trap-neuter-return (TNR)
- Black Creek – Kitty Cat P.A.L. Society (charity)
- Golden – Little Mittens Animal Rescue Association (non-profit)
- Gold River – Village of Gold River (municipality)
- Hedley – Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen ( regional district)
- Kamloops – Riverside Small Animal Hospital (veterinarian)
- Nanaimo – CatNap Society (charity)
- Penticton – AlleyCATS Alliance Society (charity)
- Prince Rupert – BC SPCA Prince Rupert Branch (charity)
- Quadra Island – Quadra Feral Cat Group (charity)
- Robson Valley – Robson Valley Spay and Neuter Society (non-profit)
- Sandspit – BC SPCA Haida Gwaii Branch (charity)
- Victoria – Dee’s Orphan Kitten Fund (charity)
Cats in First Nations communities
- Cayoose Creek Band near Lillooet – First Nations Band
- Cheakamus Reserve near Squamish – S.N.A.P.P.S. (Squamish Neighbourhood Animal Partnership & Protection Society, non-profit)
- First Nations reserves in the Capital Regional District – BC SPCA Victoria Branch (charity)
- Katzie First Nation near Port Coquitlam – Lower Mainland Network for Animals Society (charity)
- Nak’azdli First Nation near Fort St. James – Canadian Animal Assistance Team (charity)
- Penelakut First Nation near Chemainus – First Nation reserve
- Skidegate Reserve on Graham Island – BC SPCA Haida Gwaii Branch (charity)
Another $7,500 from a legacy to spay and neuter will go toward fixing an estimated 85 dogs:
- Nak’azdli First Nation reserve near Fort St. James – Canadian Animal Assistance Team (charity)
“As a non-profit organization, the BC SPCA relies mainly on donations from the public. These legacy funds will help us immensely in reaching our goal of stopping the province’s pet overpopulation crisis in its tracks,” Chortyk says.
Find out more about leaving legacy gifts to help the province’s most vulnerable animals.
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.