Kamloops SPCA overrun with cats

Handsome is one of the many cats that has come through the Kamloops SPCA this year.

KAMLOOPS - If you’ve been thinking about adding a furry family member to your clan, now is the time.

There are about 35 cats (older than six months) and one rabbit currently in care at the Kamloops SPCA branch and for the next week the shelter is offering adoptions of adults cats and all rabbits at 50 per cent off the regular price.

“During this time of year, we always see an influx of animals at all of our branches throughout the province,” B.C. SPCA community relations manager Lorie Chortyk says. “We’re hoping (the reduced fees) will encourage people who have been considering adopting a pet to visit their local SPCA and take home a new, furry friend.”

At the beginning of July there were nearly more than 700 adult cats and more than 900 kittens in SPCA shelters across the province, as well as 118 rabbits. Senior cats often wait longer to be adopted while rabbits wait an average of at least 90 days before being adopted.

“Pet overpopulation is a preventable problem, yet every year tens of thousands of homeless cats die tragic deaths because of human neglect,” Chortyk says.

July 27 is the last day to get in on the discounted adoptions in Kamloops.

The next big event for the Kamloops shelter is the Paws for a Cause on Sept. 7. Paws for a Cause is one of the largest fundraisers for the local shelter, along with the City Challenge in May.

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