Wednesday, June 25, 2014
A Lovely Deal
Can you give a
cat or rabbit a happy home?
Released by Tricia Leslie, SPCA Van
all the love for half the price during the BC SPCA’s Half Price Love
cat adoption event, presented by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, from July
14-20 (with the exception of the Kelowna BC SPCA Branch, which will
run July 2-20).
The campaign promotes the
joy of pet guardianship by allowing potential pet guardians to adopt
cats and rabbits from their local SPCA shelter for half the price of
the usual adoption fees.
“During this time of year, we always see an influx of animals at all
of our branches throughout the province,” says Lorie Chortyk, BC
SPCA general manager of community relations. “We want to end the
wait for the many animals in our shelters who are looking for loving
homes by offering a reduced adoption fee. We’re hoping it will
encourage people who have been considering adopting a pet to visit
their local SPCA and take home a new, furry friend.”
Normal adoption counselling and matching takes place to ensure
animals go to good homes, she notes.
Currently, there are 1,684 cats and kittens in BC SPCA care across
the province – 766 cats and 918 kittens. The BC SPCA is also caring
for 118 rabbits in shelters throughout B.C., with 50 per cent of
them coming into care as a result of cruelty investigations.
Homeless cats are part of a major pet overpopulation problem in
British Columbia, which is why the BC SPCA has made the plight of
abandoned and free-roaming cats in the province a main focus of its
new, five-year Strategic Plan.
“Pet overpopulation is a preventable problem, yet every year, tens
of thousands of homeless cats die tragic deaths because of human
neglect in communities across B.C.,” Chortyk says.
Senior cats often wait longer than kittens before being adopted,
while rabbits wait the longest in SPCA care before adoption – an
average of at least 90 days, often longer – before finding their
“Hill's® Science Diet® is excited to continue our long-term
sponsorship of this special adoption event,” says Hill’s Pet
Nutrition General Manager Joe Giles. “The Hill’s Food, Shelter &
Love® partnership program with the BC SPCA and our support of this
event, is a natural extension of our mission: To help enrich and
lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets.
To find out more about the Half Price Love promotion, visit your
local BC SPCA branch or spca.bc.ca to view all adoptable animals and
for event details. Follow #HalfPriceLove on Twitter to keep up with
what’s happening during the campaign.
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