A sweetheart of a three-year-old needs your help. Joey, a stray cat who came into the BC SPCA Maple Ridge Branch with a lame leg, puncture marks, fever and a fractured tooth with the root exposed, requires extensive medical treatment and staff are hoping the public can help give this frisky feline a brighter future.
“Joey is feeling much better but still needs dental work. He’s such a sweetie,” says Jennifer York, branch manager, noting his leg has since healed and that antibiotics took care of the fever. Medical care, while necessary, is also costly, she adds.
“Though we’ve received incredibly generous discounts from our local veterinarians, our branch has taken in a high number of cruelty cases this year compared to past years, and that means an increase in medical bills – thousands of dollars’ worth,” York says. “We’ve seen a huge surge in the cost per animal in our care – the last three months of 2013 put us about $8,000 over-budget in medical procedures alone.”
York notes the surgeries required are never cosmetic and always necessary in order to relieve the distress of the animals who come into the branch’s care.
“We’re reaching out to the public to help us catch up with these expensive bills, as we’re really struggling.”
If you can help Joey and other animals like him in need of care at the Maple Ridge SPCA, you can donate online or in person at 10235 Jackson Rd., Maple Ridge.
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.