THE BRITISH COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

 May 11, 2015

Addressing the suffering of tens of thousands of outdoor-living cats in B.C. is a major focus for the BC SPCA, and thanks to the generosity of animal lovers and supporters who planned ahead and designated legacies, several communities will now benefit. The BC SPCA has awarded grant funding to BC SPCA branches and outside animal welfare groups who are working with the society to help solve the overpopulation crisis in their local areas. All of the funds go directly toward covering the cost of spay/neuter surgeries and permanent identification for more than 1,200 cats and dogs.

“Pet overpopulation is an overwhelming crisis affecting every region of the province,” says BC SPCA policy and outreach officer Amy Morris. “It has serious consequences for the welfare of the many animals who are threatened, abandoned or relinquished throughout B.C. every year. Preventing unwanted litters of puppies and kittens through spaying and neutering is the most effective and humane approach to solving the problem.”

Free-roaming cats suffer from starvation, illness, injury, freezing temperatures and predator attacks because of human neglect, and while free-roaming dogs also suffer, outdoor felines far outnumber canines in B.C.

“Pet overpopulation is a community problem, and when the community comes together to help solve it, we see real, tangible results,” Morris says.

A total of $70,000 from several legacies designated towards spaying or neutering will go to nearly 800 cats helped by many partner charities, and nonprofit organizations, including the BC SPCA to help address the cat overpopulation crisis. They are (in alphabetical order):

Community Cat Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)

  • BC SPCA Kamloops (charity) – Kamloops

  • BC SPCA Prince Rupert (charity) – Prince Rupert

  • BC SPCA Shuswap (charity) – Salmon Arm

  • CatNap Society – Nanaimo (charity)

  • Coastal Animal Welfare & Education Society – Bowen Island

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

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

  • Nanoose Bay Catspan (charity)  – Nanoose Bay

  • Northern Animal Rescue Alliance Society (charity) – Terrace

  • Quadra Island Cat Rescue (charity) – Heriot Bay

  • Rest Q Animal Sanctuary Society (charity) – Galiano Island

  • Street Cat Rescue (charity)- Terrace

  • Village of Gold River (municipality) – Gold River

Cats in First Nations communities

  • Canadian Animal Assistance Team (charity) – Fort St. James, Hazleton, Cowichan, Kyoquot, Quatsino, Ahoushat, Clayoquot

  • Cariboo Mobile Veterinary Services (veterinarian) – Anahim Lake

  • Lakes Animal Friendship Society (non-profit) – Tachet

  • Squamish Neighborhood Animal Partnership and Protection Society (non-profit) – Squamish Nation Reserve

Another $19,000 from a legacy designated towards spay and neuter will provide surgeries to an estimated 475 dogs. This will significantly limit the roaming, attacking, and breeding behaviours of the free-living dogs in these remote areas, creating humane communities:

Dogs in First Nations communities

  • Canadian Animal Assistance Team (charity) – Fort Saint James, Hazleton, Cowicha, Kyoquot, Quatsino, Ahoushat, Clayoquot

  • Cariboo Mobile Veterinary Services (veterinarian) – Anahim Lake

  • Squamish Neighborhood Animal Partnership and Protection Society (nonprofit) - Squamish Nation Reserve

 “As a non-profit organization, the BC SPCA relies mainly on donations from the public. These legacy funds will help us immensely in reaching our goal of stopping the province’s pet overpopulation crisis in its tracks,” Morris says. The organization’s next task is to develop and implement a provincial cat overpopulation strategy with the help of a new grant generously provided by the Vancouver Foundation.

Visit spca.bc.ca/support/legacy for more information on leaving legacy gifts to help the province’s most vulnerable animals.

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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