In order to highlight the many small animals available for adoption at shelters across the province, the BC SPCA has named March “Small Animal Month.”
“Along with cats and dogs, BC SPCA shelter staff and volunteers care for small animals including rabbits, guinea pigs and rats,” says Meghann Cant, animal welfare educator for the BC SPCA. “Many of these animals have experienced abandonment or neglect; they really need loving, permanent homes.”
Why consider adopting a small animal? “Not only do they have charming personalities and behaviours, but most small animals are also clean, quiet pets – great for people with pet restrictions where they live,” says Cant. She notes, however, that a small size doesn’t necessarily translate to a small amount of care. “Small animals have unique needs; prospective guardians should do their research so they know what to expect.”
To help current and potential guardians understand the care needs of different small animals, the BC SPCA created its Small Animal Care Series. “These guides offer a good overview of the physical and behavioural care needs of six different small animal species,” says Cant.
BC SPCA small animal care guides are available for rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters, rats and mice. Additional small animal care information can be found on the BC SPCA website.
If you think you’d like to adopt a small animal, first familiarize yourself with what you’ll need to do to keep your pet happy and healthy. Then, if you feel ready to welcome one or more small animals into your home, check our adoption listings or visit your local shelter to make the right match. When you do, you’ll quickly discover why they say that good things come in small packages.
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.