Penticton and South Okanagan
Forlorn felines abound at the SPCA
Sep 3, 2013 / 5:16 pm
The BC SPCA South Okanagan Similkameen Branch currently has dozens of cats available for adoption, during the busy kitten season.
The season is the time of year, beginning in May and lasting into the early fall, when there is a big increase in abandoned and surrendered kittens to the nonprofit.
"People are not spaying and neutering their animals, and in the spring and summer there are more kittens being born," said Stephanie Salsnek, relief supervisor at the branch. "A lot of them are then abandoned and found."
Salsnek said she wants to get the message across that it is less expensive to spay and neuter animals than it is to raise and feed kittens.
It is when people start factoring in the expense, that the kittens get abandoned.
The animals that come in are immediately assessed by staff and a vet is then scheduled for spaying and neutering.
They then live at the building at 2200 Dartmouth Drive in Penticton until someone adopts them. Kittens are adopted before the adult cats.
On Tuesday, there were several older cats sleeping, eating and playing with staff on the premises.
People interested in caring for the animals are asked to come in and fill out an application form.
The fee to adopt a kitten is $120, while the cost for a cat is $90.
"It is actually very advantageoous to adopt," said Salsnek. "You are saving an average of several hundred dollars worth of value with the spay and neuter, free vet check and prelminary shots."
In addition to keeping the animals at the SPCA, the staff gets temporary assistance from foster families.
People who don't know what to do with the animals, should make an appointment, rather than leaving them by the side of the road or in some other undesirable location.
"Don't abandon them, because this is a little life, and it's not fair to them," said Salsnek. "When you appreciate the care they need, it makes for a better society
In a perfect world there wouldn't even have to be a SPCA."
To help the nonprofit better do its job, there will be a major fund-raiser, Paws for a Cause, this Sunday, Sept. 8 at Gyro Park in Penticton.
Activities and registration begin at 10:30 a.m. The 3 km dog walk to the S.S. Sicamous begins at noon.
People make pledges and there are prizes available. Among them two nights of wine/dine/$50 spa experience at the Naramata Heritage Inn, two pairs of tickets to Bad Company at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Sept. 14 and an iPad mini.
When: Sunday, September 8 - 3km at 10:30 a.m., 1km at 11 a.m.
Where: City Park, North Field
Registration Time: 9 a.m.
Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the day will include a 1km & a 3km walk route. Find a gold rock along the way and you'll win a prize! Check out the games happening in the Dog Zone with your furry friend or take your kids to the Kids Zone for a bounce in the bounce house, crafts & games. There will be a BBQ, vendor market, and many opportunities to win prizes.
Vernon & District Walk
When: Sunday, September 8/10:00 a.m.
Where: BX Ranch Park
Registration Time: 9 a.m.
For more information, to register online, or download a pledge form click here.
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