All animals adopted from BC SPCA shelters are one in a million, but today, that phrase takes on a literal meaning as the society celebrates the millionth adoption of an animal in BC SPCA care.
The society celebrated the monumental milestone with a celebration at the BC SPCA Richmond Education and Adoption Centre that featured the lucky millionth animal, an 11-week-old kitten named Meetsa, and her new guardian, Arlene Stakic.
A female grey tabby, Meetsa will live with Arlene, her husband Srdjan, their 15-year-old daughter Veronica and a new adult kitty companion in South Vancouver. Their former pet cat, who had lived a long and happy life, had recently passed away, and they went to the Richmond SPCA because they were missing her so terribly, says Stakic.
“We are complete cat people – we always have been, and when I found exactly the cat I was looking for in Richmond, I went right away,” she says. “Meetsa was a bonus – she was crying so hard in the kitten room that I just could not leave her there.”
as the millionth adopter, Stakic recieved a gift package from the BC SPCA as well as a year’s worth of free cat food from Hill’s® Science Diet® and a year of free pet health insurance from Petsecure.
The BC SPCA is also celebrating its 120th anniversary this year, but the adoption program didn’t begin until the 1950s. Today, branches take in more than 28,000 animals every year; 53 per cent of them are cats. While this celebration is in recognition of the public’s ongoing support in welcoming animals into their homes and hearts, there are still hundreds of animals awaiting adoption in the province at any one time.
“One of our main priorities going forward is to curb the cat overpopulation crisis and reduce the number of stray and homeless cats on our streets,” says BC SPCA general manager of community relations Lorie Chortyk. “And the best way to do that is through education and by encouraging cat owners to get their animals spayed and neutered.”
She notes that the BC SPCA couldn’t help the province’s most vulnerable animals without the generous help of the BC SPCA’s many supporters and donors.
“As a non-profit organization, we are so grateful for the enormous support we receive each and every year,” she says.
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.