The BC SPCA designates March “Small Animal Month” to draw attention to the many small animals available for adoption at shelters across the province.
“Many people don’t realize we have small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs and rats available for adoption,” says Meghann Cant, animal welfare educator for the BC SPCA. “Like dogs and cats, many small animals end up in our shelters after being neglected and abandoned, and are just waiting for a great home to come along.”
Small animals make wonderful pets, as long as prospective guardians know what to expect. “Small animals are often overlooked – perhaps because people don’t see them as ‘real’ pets,” remarks Cant. “They may be little, but they have delightful personalities and fascinating behaviours.” And Cant knows from experience – she has had rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and rats. “My small animals have really enriched my life.”
“Small animals are great for people who have pet restrictions where they live. They don’t take up a lot of space or make much noise,” says Craig Naherniak, BC SPCA general manager of humane education. “But don’t mistake being small as requiring little attention,” he adds. "Small animals have unique care needs and, as with cats and dogs, people should familiarize themselves with the animal’s characteristics to ensure a suitable match."
So, before you head out to a BC SPCA shelter to adopt, check out our pet care pages first to learn what you need to do to keep your potential pet happy and healthy. Then, should you feel ready to bring a small animal (or two!) into your life, check our adoption listings or stop by a BC SPCA Branch to find one just right for you. Our volunteer adoption counsellors can help you find the right match.
The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization funded primarily by public donations. Our mission is to prevent cruelty and to promote the welfare of animals through a wide range of services, including cruelty investigations, emergency rescue and treatment, sheltering and adoption of homeless and abused animals, humane education, advocacy, farm animal welfare, spay/neuter programs, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.