VANCOUVER – The BC SPCA is funding 11 animal organizations to address the problem of wild cat populations across the province.
The funds are part of the Community Animal Spay and Neuter Grant program, which is ninth year of community building partnerships to reach and save more cats and kittens.
In a press release, the BC announced SPCA that efforts to prevent cat overpopulation have been hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in delays in spay and neuter operations, reduced staff and volunteer capacity, and reduced ability to travel led to the care for cats in need.
“Many of the areas we’re funding this year are working in areas that struggled with access to veterinary care before the pandemic,” said Marieke van der Velden, outreach specialist at BC SPCA, in the press release.
“The efforts of our fellows are now more important than ever and we are excited to make this work possible.”
One of the groups funded this year is CatSpan Ferals in Nanoose Bay, which welcomes 80 to 100 cats each year.
Kathy Robinson, a CatSpan volunteer, told CTV News Vancouver Island that the funding will help meet the approximately $ 40,000 veterinarian bills the registered charity pays annually.
“We care for them in our own four walls, we get them neutered and neutered, vaccinated, deflowered, dewormed, the whole 9 meters,” said Robinson.
She said that often cats come to the charity when a friendly homeowner starts feeding a stray or two that show up in their yard. Soon the cats will have kittens and the homeowner will be overwhelmed, Robinson said.
“We found more and more that these cats aren’t really wild, they’re just scared to death and they get wild because someone dumped them, because someone just opened the door and let them go,” she added.
In addition to preventing population growth, according to the SPCA, spaying and neutering wild cats improves their individual health and helps reduce human-animal conflicts.
The full list of grant recipients follows. More information about the program can be found on the BC SPCA website.
Canadian Animal Aid Team – Bella Bella
Campbell River Partner in Animal Welfare – Alert Bay
Catspan Ferals Registered Charity – Nanoose Bay
CATS Meow Society – Port Hardy
Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven – Chilliwack
Invermere Companion Animal Network (ICAN) – Invermere
Kitty Cat Pals – Comox
Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS) – Langley
Pawz United Rescue Society (PURS) – Prince Rupert
Spirit Mission Rescue Society – Bella Bella
Robson Valley Spay and Neutral Society – Valemount