(BC SPCA)

BC SPCA shelters across the province are overwhelmed due to an influx of cats in care, prompting staff to slash select adoption fees to free up space.

From June 20th to 30th, the BC SPCA is offering 50% off adult cat adoption fees at its locations, including Victoria, to combat an ongoing strain on facilities and resources, especially after large-scale intakes.

“Just this month, we took in 120 cats from a property in northern BC, and these kinds of cases are happening all around the province,” said Lorie Chortyk, general manager of communications for the BC SPCA.

Through the promotion, Chortyk says society staff is hoping to find homes for the cats already in its care to bring in more cats and kittens in need of urgent help.

While adoption fees vary from location to location, in Victoria, the price of an adult cat is $149. That includes a microchip and lifetime registration with the BC Pet Registry, according to the BC SPCA’s website.

Chortyk says some of the cats available for adoption have flocked from recent cases, including more than 70 cats brought to the SPCA’s Surrey facility and numerous Himalayan cats surrendered to its location in Squamish.

“COVID, the rising cost of living and mental health challenges are all playing a role in this increased need for help,” added Chortyk.

“We encourage anyone who has been thinking about adopting a pet to take advantage of this promotion. You will not only be providing a loving home for a deserving animal, but it will also allow us to create capacity to help more abused and neglected animals.”

Interested in adding a furry friend to your family? More adoption details can be found online here.

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