Vernon SPCA opens the doors on a day of fun

SPCA Vernon branch holds open house May 5 with activities including garage sale and barbecue and a chance to meet animals up for adoption

The Vernon & District Branch of the BC SPCA invites you to an animal-themed day of fun on Saturday.

In addition to featuring pets looking for loving homes, activities will include education booths, a pet drawing contest, a barbecue and much more. There will also be a garage sale, courtesy of BigSteelBox. Anyone with saleable items to donate is welcome to drop them off at the branch during open hours.

The event is presented by Hill’s Science Diet, which is partnering with BC SPCA branches across the province to promote adoption of homeless animals during May.

“The open house series is an opportunity for people to meet the animals available for adoption and to have fun learning more about how to help animals in the community,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA. “We are extremely grateful to Hill’s for sponsoring this series to showcase the wonderful animals we have for adoption.”

Hill’s Canada donates free food for all dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in SPCA branches across the province to ensure that the animals receive a high quality and consistent pet food. The program promotes the health of shelter animals, making them more adoptable, and enables animals to be transferred between shelters without suffering any ill effects from changing pet food.  Hill’s also gives a free 3.5-5 lb. bag of Science Diet to new pet guardians with every BC SPCA cat or dog adoption along with The Guide for Lifelong Health.

“We are excited to partner with the BC SPCA for the annual open house series,” says Brian Howard, general manager for Hill’s Canada. “Hill’s Shelter Nutrition Partnership with the BC SPCA is a natural extension of our mission: To help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets.”

The BC SPCA adopts more than 18,000 animals each year through its 36 branches.  All animals adopted from the BC SPCA are vet-checked, vaccinated, spayed or neutered and assessed for temperament.

The open house takes place Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Vernon SPCA, 4800 Haney Rd., off Old Kamloops Road in Vernon. For more information, see spca.bc.ca