Wednesday, June 25, 2014


A Lovely Deal

Can you give a cat or rabbit a happy home?

Released by Tricia Leslie, SPCA Van


et 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 forever home.

“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 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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