“With this generous funding from the city we are able to resume our low-income program for residents of Maple Ridge, and Katie’s Place can ensure feral cat colonies are kept under control,” says Krista Shaw, manager at the BC SPCA Maple Ridge Branch.
The city originally provided funding to the branch in 2013. The program fixed 609 cats between 2013 and 2016, including 90 feral cats that were trapped, neutered and returned to their territory in partnership with Katie’s Place.
“Spaying and neutering more than 600 cats in the community resulted in significant successes. Intake of cats at the BC SPCA Maple Ridge Branch declined by 28.5% from the year before the program began, with kitten intake specifically down by 51%,” Shaw highlights. “Continuing the program ensures we maintain this success and prevent cat overpopulation from getting out of control.”
Cat guardians who meet the low-income guidelines for the program and live in the City of Maple Ridge can visit the BC SPCA Maple Ridge Branch to receive their free spay/neuter voucher or contact the branch for more details at 604-463-9511.