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Legacy funds help B.C. communities address outdoor cat overpopulation problem

April 6, 2017

Community cats in British Columbia are getting the help they need thanks to the generosity of animal lovers and supporters who planned ahead and designated legacies to combat cat overpopulation. With their help the BC SPCA is able to address the suffering of tens of thousands of outdoor-living cats across the province.

“Thanks to the legacy funds, this is the fifth year we can support communities across the province working to address the community cat population through spay and neuter initiatives,” says Marieke van der Velden, BC SPCA outreach coordinator. “Preventing unwanted litters through spaying and neutering is the most effective and humane approach to solving the problem and we are seeing communities across B.C. coming together to help these cats.”

Cat overpopulation was identified as a key issue in the BC SPCA’s 2014-2018 Strategic Plan and the organization has been making great strides through numerous initiatives designed to combat the number of homeless cats.

“Last year the work achieved by grant recipients resulted in more than 700 cats being spayed and neutered. This year a total of $97,500 from several legacies will be helping nearly 900 cats live healthier, happier lives and reduce the outdoor cat population in these communities over time,” van der Velden says.

The funds 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):

Community Cat Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

  • BC SPCA Kamloops & District (charity) in partnership with Kamloops Humane Society (charity) – Kamloops
  • BC SPCA Kelowna (charity) – Kelowna
  • BC SPCA Prince Rupert (charity) – Prince Rupert
  • BC SPCA Shuswap (charity) – Salmon Arm
  • BC SPCA South Okanagan – Similkameen (charity) – Penticton
  • BC SPCA Trail (charity) – Trail
  • Campbell River Partners in Animal Welfare Society (charity) – Campbell River
  • CatNap Society – Nanaimo (charity)
  • Coastal Animal Rescue & Education Network (non-profit) – Tofino
  • Greater Nechako Animal Welfare Society (non-profit) – Vanderhoof
  • Creston Veterinary Hospital (veterinarian) – Creston
  • Dee’s Orphan Kitten Fund (charity) – Victoria
  • Lakes Animal Friendship Society (non-profit) – Southbank
  • Okanagan Humane Society (charity) – Kelowna
  • Pawprints Animal Rescue Society (charity) – Chase
  • Quadra Island Cat Rescue (charity) – Heriot Bay
  • Westbank First Nation (First Nation Reserve) – Kelowna

Cats in First Nations communities

  • Canadian Animal Assistance Team (charity) – Kwadacha
  • Coastal Animal Rescue & Education Network (non-profit) – Tofino
  • Dee’s Orphan Kitten Fund (charity) – Victoria
  • Nanoose Bay Catspan (charity) – Nanoose Bay

Dogs in First Nations communities

  • Canadian Animal Assistance Team (charity) – Kwadacha

“As a non-profit organization, the BC SPCA relies mainly on donations from the public. These legacies go a long way in helping us reach our goal of stopping the province’s pet overpopulation crisis in its tracks,” van der Velden says.

Learn more about leaving a legacy gift 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.