August 01, 2013 - 5:45 AM
KAMLOOPS – As of July 30 a total of 30 mature cats had found new homes during the month of July thanks to a cat and rabbit sale at the Kamloops SPCA branch.
Those 30 cats represented over half the number at the shelter, with only about 25 still waiting for a new home as of Tuesday. Branch manager Charleen Holloway is very pleased with the success of the sale but notes only the mature cats were offered at a discount price because the kittens usually find new homes more easily.
The sale only last two weeks and some people decided to adopt two cats at once, Holloway notes, so it was not actually a cat-a-day over the entire month. Between July 18-31 cats and rabbits across the province were offered at half price fees.
The shelter faces cases where people are force to look at the reality of their situation, Holloway says. In one case a woman came in looking for a kitten and left with a pomeranian.
“People come with 'I want to rescue something' in their heart,” she says, “and I'm glad those people are out there. But can you really support it? Be honest with what you can do, what you want to do.... It can be a 20 year commitment in some cases.”
Holloway was before council Tuesday to talk about adoptions, fostering and renovations. She brought two eight week old kittens for staff, council and anyone else in the chambers to cuddle with during her presentation. She focused on the successes of the shelter in 2012 and the hope a five to 10 year plan by the B.C. SPCA will result in a new shelter or at least more renovations for the local branch.
“Kamloops is a hub,” she says, noting the city sees a lot of animals come into the shelter and a lot of cruelty cases to look at. “We're integral to the region.”
The branch is now looking forward to the Paws for a Cause walk on Sept. 8, which acts as a major fundraiser for the shelter. So far only 17 per cent of the goal of $20,000 has been raised with the top team recording just over $900.
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