Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

 November 13, 2014

Want to make your community more humane? The BC SPCA is offering spay/neuter grants to help B.C. communities address the overwhelming issue of pet overpopulation. Through several private donations designated to the BC SPCA for spay/neuter programs, the society is providing $87,500 in grants in 2015 - $80,000 for cats and $7,500 for dogs and rabbits.

Now in its third year, the program allocates funds to registered animal charities and non-profits, municipalities, veterinarians, BC SPCA branches, First Nations governments and First Nations tribal councils. Successful applicants must meet specific criteria and be able to administer the grant.

“Thousands of cats and kittens are dropped off at SPCA shelters or simply abandoned by their guardians every year,” says BC SPCA chief executive officer Craig Daniell. “By providing communities with spay/neuter support, we believe we can reduce the number of unwanted litters and help end the suffering of homeless cats throughout the province.”

The BC SPCA spends $2 million each year on spay/neuter initiatives across B.C., including the provision of free and low-cost spay/neuter operations through SPCA clinics in Vancouver, Prince George and Kamloops. The society also ensures that every cat, dog and rabbit leaving BC SPCA shelters are sterilized prior to adoption. Addressing the massive homeless cat issue in British Columbia is a major focus of the BC SPCA’s five-year Strategic Plan, Daniell notes.

Last year, grants went to the following communities:

Free roaming cat trap-neuter-return (TNR)

  • Black Creek – Kitty Cat P.A.L. Society (charity)

  • Golden – Little Mittens Animal Rescue Association (non-profit)

  • Gold River – Village of Gold River (municipality)

  • Hedley – Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen ( regional district)

  • Kamloops – Riverside Small Animal Hospital (veterinarian)

  • Nanaimo – CatNap Society (charity)

  • Penticton – AlleyCATS Alliance Society (charity)

  • Prince Rupert – BC SPCA Prince Rupert Branch (charity)

  • Quadra Island – Quadra Feral Cat Group (charity)

  • Robson Valley – Robson Valley Spay and Neuter Society (non-profit)

  • Sandspit – BC SPCA Haida Gwaii Branch (charity)

  • Victoria – Dee’s Orphan Kitten Fund (charity)

Cats in First Nations communities

  • Cayoose Creek Band near Lillooet – First Nations Band

  • Cheakamus Reserve near Squamish – S.N.A.P.P.S. (Squamish Neighbourhood Animal Partnership & Protection Society, non-profit)

  • First Nations reserves in the Capital Regional District – BC SPCA Victoria Branch (charity)

  • Katzie First Nation near Port Coquitlam – Lower Mainland Network for Animals Society (charity)

  • Nak’azdli First Nation near Fort St. James – Canadian Animal Assistance Team (charity)

  • Penelakut First Nation near Chemainus – First Nation reserve

  • Skidegate Reserve on Graham Island – BC SPCA Haida Gwaii Branch (charity)

Another $7,500 from a legacy to spay and neuter will go toward fixing an estimated 85 dogs:

  • Nak’azdli First Nation reserve near Fort St. James – Canadian Animal Assistance Team (charity)

“Homeless cats suffer needlessly from illness, injury, frostbite, predator attacks, starvation and more,” Daniell says. “It is a completely preventable problem, and these grants will help immensely in reaching our goal of stopping the province’s pet overpopulation crisis in its tracks.”

The deadline for to apply for a BC SPCA grant is Dec. 31, 2014. Visit us online to apply or for more information.

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.

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