Adopt a cat from the SPCA for half-off until Dec. 5.

Adopt a cat from the SPCA for half-off until Dec. 5.

Vernon SPCA needs help turning bars into purrs

The upcoming adoption event offers 50 per cent off all adult cat adoption fees until Dec. 5

As temperatures across the province start to drop, the B.C. SPCA is encouraging people who are thinking about adopting a furry family member to consider cats, and turn brrrs into purrs.

The upcoming adoption event, presented by Hill’s Science Diet offers 50 per cent off all adult cat adoption fees until Dec. 5, including at the Vernon shelter.

“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 cold,” says Lorie Chortyk, B.C. SPCA general manager of community relations.

“The society takes in several thousands of cats each year – right now, there’s more than 1,600 felines in B.C. SPCA care who need loving, forever homes.”

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 provides six weeks of free pet insurance. All cats are microchipped, and for only $12 annually or a $45 lifetime fee, the animal will be registered in the province-wide B.C. Pet Registry, bcpetregistry.ca, to help ensure if a pet is lost, he can be found and reunited with his family.

“We’re proud to provide food for all the B.C. SPCA’s cats and dogs and a free bag to guardians upon adoption to ensure a lifetime of good health,” said Joe Giles, General Manager of Hill’s Pet Nutrition Canada.

Visit spca.bc.ca/adopt to search for animals online.