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 June 16, 2014

A friendly former stray named Deuce is hoping the right loving family will find him and fall in love.

Turned in as a stray to the Squamish SPCA, this gentle and lovable boy needed to have several teeth extracted, among other procedures, when he came into the BC SPCA's care with a very painful mouth last month.

"Deuce has healed up great and his facial swelling is gone," says Marika Donnelly, Squamish branch manager.

"He's doing fantastic! And he's such a sweetie. We're hoping he'll find his 'fur-ever' home soon, as he's now up for adoption."

Original story posted on May 20, 2014:

Gentle ginger Deuce in desperate need of major dental work

An affable cat who came into the BC SPCA’s care in Squamish has a whole mouthful of pain. Deuce, a lovable ginger boy, was brought in as a stray by a Good Samaritan, but SPCA staff at the branch quickly discovered his teeth need a lot of attention.

“Deuce has multiple abscessed teeth that need to be extracted as soon as possible, as well as a dental cleaning, as he has a Grade 4 dental disease,” says Squamish branch manager Marika Donnelly, noting that the friendly feline’s upper mouth area is visibly swollen and he has a raw spot from where he’s been rubbing himself to try to ease the pain. “He is so sweet, cuddly and gentle despite his very painful mouth. We’ve also discovered that he’s a kisser!”

Even though a local veterinarian has offered to do the necessary work for a discounted rate, Deuce’s medical care costs are expected to be $1,500 or more when everything is completed.

“We just want to ease his pain as much as we possibly can, and give him a better chance at a more enjoyable life,” Donnelly says.

The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization that relies mainly on public donations to help the province’s most vulnerable animals. With its new, five-year Strategic Plan, the BC SPCA is focusing on B.C.’s pet overpopulation problem and particularly, on easing the plight of homeless cats across British Columbia. If you can help Deuce and other animals like him in need at the Squamish SPCA shelter, you can donate online or in person at Government Road, in the municipal works yard, in Squamish.

 Maria Vanesa Acuto photos

Don’t forget to save the date for the second annual Whiskers & Wine event, a fundraiser for the Squamish BC SPCA Branch, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Friday, June 20 at the Brackendale Art Gallery, 41950 Government Rd. Features include appetizers, desserts, a silent auction, live music featuring the Blinking Fish and more. Tickets are $25 in advance, available at the BC SPCA Squamish Branch, Eagleview Vet Hospital and Garibaldi Vet Hospital or $30 at the door.

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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