Solving cat overpopulation in B.C.
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Cat overpopulation

Every day thousands of kittens are born to family pets, stray cats living on the streets and community (feral) cats. These kittens can get pregnant as early as five months old, producing more kittens and continuing the cycle. The result? Too many cats and not enough homes for all of them. Our hope is for all cats in B.C. to have warm, loving homes.


Take action to help cats in your community

Your voice and actions matter. Watch the video below to learn how you can help prevent cats in B.C. from suffering:

 

Steps you can take:

Here are six BC SPCA initiatives addressing the issue and promoting spay/neuter:

  1. Running large scale spay/neuter projects in areas where there is a big need. Since 2013 we have launched eight projects in areas with cat overpopulation. We’ve been able to target over 7,000 cats thanks to generous grants from PetSmart Charities™ of Canada.
  2. Providing grant funding for community cats: Rescues, veterinarians, BC SPCA branches, municipalities and First Nations communities are able to apply for funding to address cat overpopulation in their area. Successful applicants receive between $1,000 and $7,500 for spay/neuter initiatives.
  3. Establishing veterinary clinics: These clinics prioritize spaying and neutering pets. They provide either no charge or discounted spay/neuter services for feral cats and discounted prices for pets of financially disadvantaged and First Nations guardians.
  4. Working with community partners: With the help of veterinary partners, municipalities, regional districts and granting organizations, we are able to provide low-cost spay/neuter programs across the province. Need financial assistance to fix your pet? Find a list of B.C. cat spay/neuter funds available.
  5. Helping municipalities take action: Some B.C. municipalities have established spay/neuter funds for low-income residents. These funds have reduced shelter intake in communities where they have been implemented.
  6. Offering youth and public education: Messaging on the importance of spaying and neutering is worked into our humane education programs for youth in schools, and to the public through awareness programs.

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