Kittens are cuter than cute, there’s no doubt. But with an abundance of felines across the province, the BC SPCA is hoping an upcoming adoption promotion will encourage British Columbians to consider adopting an adult cat companion – or even two.
“We’ve currently got more than 1,700 cats and kittens in foster care and in our shelters, with more waiting to come in each day,” said BC SPCA director of regional operations Jane Talbot.
“We’re hoping this promotion will encourage anyone who has been considering cat adoption to take the next step and make it a reality – so many adult cats are looking for forever homes – why not come and see if one of them is the purr-fect match for you?”
From Oct. 1-14, all BC SPCA branches are offering 50 per cent off the usual adoption fees for all adult cats.
“Kittens are always in high demand, but the goal during this event is to find fantastic homes for as many felines as possible,” Talbot said. “The usual adoption criteria will apply – we always try to find the best match with personality, lifestyle and what the potential pet guardian is looking for, but the best reason is, adult cats deserve love, too.”
Adopting an adult cat instead of a kitten has many benefits, she notes, as they’re calmer and more settled, litter trained, fully grown and their personalities are already developed, so potential adopters know exactly what they’re getting.
Each year, the SPCA in B.C. rescues more than 15,000 cats and kittens. To adopt an adult cat this weekend, visit your local BC SPCA branch during business hours, or visit spca.bc.ca/adopt to search for adoptable cats.
Due to a temporary closure related to the recent seizure of 45 dogs and 18 cats from a Langley home, the Vancouver shelter won’t be participating in this adoption promotion.
Langley doesn’t have an SPCA branch, however both Abbotsford and Surrey do.
In Langley, cats are available for adoption through CARES and at LAPS’ Patti Dale Animal shelter in Aldergrove. Adoption rates are set by the individual rescue agencies and are separate from the SPCA.