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Community-living cats have better outlook with SPCA grant program

April 23, 2019

More than 800 cats will be spayed and neutered around the province this year through the BC SPCA Community Animal Spay Neuter grant program.

“We will be supporting groups and communities across the province working to care for and ultimately decrease the un-owned cat population through spay and neuter initiatives,” says Marieke van der Velden, Outreach Specialist.

Feral scared stray cat caught in trap cage to be released and cared for

All of the funds go directly towards covering the cost of spay/neuter surgeries and permanent identification for pet guardians in need. The grant program, now in its seventh year, helps groups address both community cat colonies and cats living on First Nation land.

“The groups we fund have established relationships in their area, making the work more accessible to the community and welcomed by the residents. By providing support to groups within their communities we see better outcomes for the animals and the human population,” van der Velden explains.

A survey of 99 colonies cared for by past grant participants, conducted in 2018, reveals that 97 percent of the cat colonies are showing a decrease in size since the animals were spayed and neutered.

The funds will go toward many partner charities, and non-profit organizations, including BC SPCA branches, to help address the cat overpopulation crisis. They are (in alphabetical order):

Community Cat Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

  • BC SPCA Chilliwack (charity) – Chilliwack
  • BC SPCA North Cariboo (charity) – Prince George
  • BC SPCA Prince Rupert (charity) – Prince Rupert
  • BC SPCA Quesnel (charity) – Quesnel
  • Cats Meow Society (non-profit) – Port Hardy
  • KittyCat Prevents A Litter Society (charity) – Courtenay
  • Nanoose Bay Catspan (charity) – Nanoose Bay
  • Okanagan Humane Society (charity) – Kelowna
  • Quadra Island Cat Rescue (charity) – Heriot Bay
  • Vet to Pet Mobile (veterinarian) – Smithers and Houston

Cats in First Nation communities

  • BC SPCA Powell River (charity) – Tla’amin Nation, Powell River
  • Campbell River Partners in Animal Welfare Society (charity) – We Wai Kai Nation, Quadra Island and Homalco First Nation, Campbell River
  • Canadian Animal Assistance Team (charity) – Penelakut Tribe, Penelacut Island
  • Coastal Animal Rescue & Education Network (non-profit) – Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations and Ahousaht, Tofino
  • Dee’s Orphan Kitten Fund (charity) – Esquimalt Nation, Victoria
  • Northern Animal Rescue Alliance (charity) – Kitsumkalum First Nation, Terrace
  • Spirit’s Mission Animal Rescue Society (charity) – Tsal’alh First Nation, Seton Portage