To bring much-deserved attention to the many small animals available for adoption around the province, the BC SPCA has declared March “Small Animal Month.”
Not sure about the benefits of adopting a petite pet? Don’t let size fool you. Small animals can bring a huge amount of joy into the lives of their lucky guardians. Just ask Meghann Cant, animal welfare educator for the BC SPCA.
“I’ve had the pleasure of being guardian or foster guardian to numerous small animals over the years,” says Cant, who has cared for 10 types of small animals, including gerbils, rats and chinchillas. “They all have different behaviours and personalities, and I’ve enjoyed learning more and more about them in order to provide the best care possible. They really are fascinating!”
Not only does Cant aim to provide excellent care to her own small animals, as co-author of the BC SPCA’s Small Animal Care Series she is also committed to helping other guardians do the same. “Our shelters have many small animals in need of loving homes,” says Cant. “When someone decides to take the step and adopt one or more of these deserving animals, we want to give them the tools to confidently provide top-notch care to their new companions.”
BC SPCA small animal care guides provide information on the unique physical and behavioural needs of six different small animal species. They are available for rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, hamsters, rats and mice. Additional small animal care information can be found on the BC SPCA website.
As for advice to potential adopters, from a seasoned small animal guardian, Cant says, “It’s important to do your research. Different animals have different needs, and smaller doesn’t necessarily mean less care, so be prepared before bringing home a new pet.”
Those ready to take the next step towards finding a small, furry friend can view BC SPCA adoption listings or visit their local shelter to make the right match, or check out rescue groups by visiting petfinder.com, inputting their location and searching for “small and furry.”
“If you do your homework, and you’re committed, it can be a really rewarding relationship for both you and the animal.”
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.