The South Okanagan/Similkameen and Kelowna Branches of the BC SPCA are caring for a large intake of young cats surrendered to the BC SPCA on Jan. 30. The cats came from the same individual who has previously surrendered 164 cats and kittens to the SPCA.
“Thirty cats were brought into our care, suffering from upper respiratory infections and other medical issues,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of communications for the BC SPCA. “Unfortunately the cats came from the same individual who surrendered 111 cats to our care in October, 2018 and 53 more in 2016 and 2017, making a total of 194 cats. It’s extremely challenging dealing with hoarders because unless they get the help they need, the same issues arise again and again, and the animals suffer as a result.”
The BC SPCA South Okanagan/Similkameen Branch is caring for 18 of the surrendered cats and 12 have been transferred to the Kelowna Branch. In addition to providing treatment for medical issues, many of the cats are fearful and will require behaviour modification and rehabilitation before they can be put up for adoption.
“Most of the cats are six months or younger, so we’re hoping that they will respond well to the veterinary treatment and rehabilitation,” says Chortyk “Caring for large numbers of animals places an enormous strain on the resources on local branches so we would be so grateful for any support to help off-set these costs.”