The British Columbia SPCA is hoping to find homes for the hundreds of cats and kittens overcrowding its shelters by slashing its adoption fees in half from Nov. 26 to Dec. 9.
The organization has 936 adult cat and 1,146 kittens in its facilities across the province in need of homes, said spokeswoman Lorie Chortyk in a news release.
“The BC SPCA takes in more than 17,000 homeless cats and kittens each year and right now our shelters are filled to capacity,” Chortyk said in the release.
B.C.'s feline boom is due in part to owners' failure to heed game show host Bob Barker's famous plea to spay or neuter their pets. Many cats and kittens are also abandoned illegally, Chortyk said.
“The BC SPCA's average cost to care for a cat during its stay is $784, much higher than the actual adoption fee,” Chortyk said. “Our costs include vaccinations, spaying or neutering, an identification tattoo or microchip, preventative treatment for internal and external parasites, any medical care or rehabilitation required, daily welfare monitoring, sheltering and feeding.”
All adopted cats will be covered by six weeks of pet insurance, the release said.
Fees differ at various locations, but here are the Vancouver shelter's normal adoption fees, which include spay or neutering costs, a health guarantee and vaccinations
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