The BC SPCA Port Alberni Branch recently met their grant project goal to spay and neuter 800 cats and is already seeing a significant decline in the number of kittens entering their shelter. PetSmart Charities of Canada™ awarded $110,900 in 2013 to help the city of Port Alberni address the cat overpopulation crisis in their community.
“This is the first year that we have not been completely overwhelmed by kittens,” says BC SPCA Port Alberni Branch manager Irene Towell. “We’ve also passed the 2015 spring peak of ’kitten season’ and have only seen two surrendered pregnant cats come to the shelter.”
The grant made it possible to provide services to cats in critical need that that would not otherwise be spayed or neutered during their lifetime. The branch also expanded its outreach, focusing on providing transport and trapping assistance where necessary, to ensure every single cat in the community was reached.
A major focus of the BC SPCA’s five-year Strategic Plan is addressing B.C.’s massive cat overpopulation problem, as tens of thousands of outdoor cats are left to fend for themselves outside, suffering from illness, injury, starvation, predator attacks and more.
When the grant program commenced, Port Alberni was unable to keep up with the flow of incoming kittens. This year, the branch has seen a 37 per cent decrease in the number of incoming stray kittens compared with 2011.
“Even though we’ve seen a significant reduction in the number of unwanted stray kittens in Port Alberni, the problem is not yet solved. We continue to urge all residents to not only have their own cats spayed and neutered, but to also take action to ensure that all stray and feral cats in their community are fixed as well,” says BC SPCA outreach coordinator Megan Munroe, who oversees the organization’s cat spay/neuter prevention programming for the province.
The BC SPCA would like to thank our sponsors, PetSmart Charities of Canada™, Manzini Animal Hospital, Pacific Rim Veterinary Clinic and Bute Street Veterinary Clinic Ltd. and 93.3 The Peak FM for their generous contributions.
Visit spayneuter.ca for more information on what the BC SPCA is doing to prevent suffering related to pet overpopulation.
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.