is coming to British Columbia, and as temperatures across the province
start to drop, the BC SPCA is encouraging people who are thinking about
adopting a furry family member to consider cats, and is offering 50 per
cent off adult cat adoption fees from Nov. 21-30.
“It’s cold outside. We’re
reminding British Columbians that when one cat is adopted, it frees up
shelter space and allows us to bring another cat in from the frigid
winter conditions experienced in much of the province,” says Lorie
Chortyk, BC SPCA general manager of community relations. “The BC SPCA
takes in thousands of cats each year – there were 13,000 in 2013 and of
those, 7,000 were adult cats.”
Homeless cats are a major issue in B.C., often suffering from injury,
illness, predator attacks and frostbite. Illegal abandonment and animals
who aren’t spayed or neutered contribute to the problem, as well as cats
without permanent identification like a microchip or a tattoo, who are
never reunited with their guardians.
Chortyk notes the adoption fee includes vaccinations, spaying or
neutering, permanent ID, any necessary medical care, and internal and
external parasite treatment. Normal adoption counselling and matching
takes place to ensure animals go to a good home, and Petsecure provide
six weeks of free pet insurance.
The half-price promotion is presented by Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
“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
of our mission: To help enrich and lengthen the special relationship
between people and their pets. With the free bag of Science Diet® we
provide with every adoption, our hope is that new pet guardians will
continue the feeding regimen the BC SPCA has started, for a lifetime of
health and happiness for their pet.”
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