Winter is coming to British Columbia, and as temperatures across the province start to drop, the BC SPCA is encouraging people who are thinking about adopting a furry family member to consider cats, and is offering 50 per cent off adult cat adoption fees from Nov. 21-30.
“It’s cold outside. We’re reminding British Columbians that when one cat is adopted, it frees up shelter space and allows us to bring another cat in from the frigid winter conditions experienced in much of the province,” says Lorie Chortyk, BC SPCA general manager of community relations. “The BC SPCA takes in thousands of cats each year – there were 13,000 in 2013 and of those, 7,000 were adult cats.”
Homeless cats are a major issue in B.C., often suffering from injury, illness, predator attacks and frostbite. Illegal abandonment and animals who aren’t spayed or neutered contribute to the problem, as well as cats without permanent identification like a microchip or a tattoo, who are never reunited with their guardians.
Chortyk notes the adoption fee includes vaccinations, spaying or neutering, permanent ID, any necessary medical care, and internal and external parasite treatment. Normal adoption counselling and matching takes place to ensure animals go to a good home, and Petsecure provide six weeks of free pet insurance.
The half-price promotion is presented by Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
“Hill’s Science Diet® is excited to continue our long-term sponsorship of this special adoption event,” says Hill’s Pet Nutrition general manager Joe Giles. “The Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® partnership program with the BC SPCA and our support of this event is a natural extension of of our mission: To help enrich and lengthen the special relationship between people and their pets. With the free bag of Science Diet® we provide with every adoption, our hope is that new pet guardians will continue the feeding regimen the BC SPCA has started, for a lifetime of health and happiness for their pet.”
Visit spca.bc.ca/adopt to find a furry friend, today!
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.