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Thanks to the generosity of animal lovers and supporters who planned ahead, several communities in the province will be able to combat cat overpopulation.
There are tens of thousands of cats living outdoors in B.C. and these cats often end up suffering from starvation, illness, injury, and predator attacks. This year, the BC SPCA has received a record number of applications from communities working to help solve the overpopulation crisis in their local area. Thanks to legacy funding, many of these animals will be spayed or neutered and receive permanent identification.
“The BC SPCA Community Animal Spay Neuter grant, now in its fourth year, can support communities across the province working to address the community cat population through spay and neuter initiatives,” said Geoff Urton, BC SPCA senior manager, stakeholder relations. “When the community comes together to address the issue, we see real, tangible results.”
A total of $70,000 from several legacies designated to the spaying or neutering of nearly 800 cats and rabbits will go toward many partner charities, and nonprofit organizations, including the BC SPCA to help address the cat overpopulation crisis.
Several organizations in the B.C. Interior will benefit from the funding, including Alleycats Alliance Society, Okanagan Humane Society, and the Kelowna, Kamloops, Salmon arm, and Penticton SPCA branches.