For those who've been considering adopting a cat, the next 10 days might be the best time to do it.
From June 20 to 30, the BC SPCA is offering 50 per cent off adult cat adoption fees, in an attempt to free up space for new incoming animals.
“Our shelters are overwhelmed with cats as we’ve been responding to many cases this year where up to 100 cats are being rescued at one time from hoarding situations,” said Lorie Chortyk, general manager of communications for the BC SPCA.
“Just this month we took in 120 cats from a property in northern B.C. and these kinds of cases are happening all around the province. This time of year is always very busy with incoming animals and these large-scale intakes place additional demands on our facilities and resources.”
Two recent large intakes included more than 70 cats brought into the organization's Surrey facility and a large number of Himalayan cats surrendered to the Sea to Sky location in Squamish.
“We are definitely getting more and more requests for help on properties where hoarding situations have gotten out of control, or people are just overwhelmed with the number of animals they are caring for,” says Chortyk.
“COVID, the rising cost of living and mental health challenges are all playing a role in this increased need for help. 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.”
Those interested in adopting a cat can find more information on the BC SPCA's website.