Winter is coming and as temperatures drop, the B.C. SPCA is encouraging people who are thinking about adopting a furry family member to consider cats.
As a result, the agency is offering 50 per cent off adult cat adoption fees until Nov. 30.
“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,” said Lorie Chortyk, B.C. SPCA general manager of community relations.
“The 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.
Visit spca.bc.ca for more information.