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Low income spay and neuter program launched for Kamloops and Salmon Arm regions

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September 28, 2020 - 10:14 AM

Low-income families in the Shuswap region can now apply to the Salmon Arm B.C. SPCA for low-cost spay and neuter surgeries.

“In a time of growing need and financial difficulties for many families, this program will assist families for whom the costs of a spay or neuter procedure is a barrier but who want what is best for their cat,” Victoria Olynik, B.C. SPCA Shuswap Branch manager said in a press release.

The program covers up to 50 per cent of surgery costs. Applicants are requested to provide proof of income to ensure the program reaches those most in need.

The services are being made available due to funding of $10,000 has been Shuswap Community Foundation. The support received from the foundation comes from the Margaret Haney Fund. This endowment was left to specifically assist the welfare and humane treatment of animals in the areas of Kamloops and Salmon Arm.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this program to the entire area we serve,” Olynik said. “In 2018, we were able to spay and neuter more than 300 cats in Salmon Arm through a grant we had received and we received many inquiries from surrounding areas for a need for similar programming.”

In addition, cats will be microchipped and cat guardians will receive a one-year registration to the B.C. Pet Registry. The sole goal of the B.C. Pet Registry is to reunite lost pets with their people. Each year, thousands of lost or stray animals are taken into care by B.C. SPCA shelters, animal control agencies, veterinarians and rescue groups. Without permanent identification, it is nearly impossible to identify lost animals and reunite them with their families.

Interested cat owners can fill in an application online.

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