New grant allows for cat owners to get free spay-neuter surgeries

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Cat owners in Salmon Arm might be eligible for a free spay-neuter surgery.

PetSmart Charities of Canada has given the community a $62,000 grant that will help provide the spay-neuter surgeries for 350 cats in the city. The goal of this grant is to help cut down cat overpopulation in a community that needs help.

“We are thrilled to have received this grant and provide this program to our community,” B.C. SPCA Shuswap Branch Manager Victoria Olynik said in a press release, issued today, Jan. 3.

“We have a constant intake of cats into our shelter, the majority of which are kittens. With this grant we hope to see a significant reduction in the amount of unplanned or unwanted litters of kittens and cats that end up in our care.”

Though the spay-neuter program will be free, recipients of the grant are asked to contribute $40 to the fund if possible. The $40 contribution, will allow the Shuswap Branch of the BC SPCA to help more animals that are in need of care.

“Together we can solve the cat overpopulation crisis in our community.”

Residents of Salmon Arm who haven’t been able to spay or neuter their cat are eligible for a free spay-neuter surgery. To schedule an appointment, visit the Shuswap Branch of the BC SPCA at 5850 Auto Rd. SE or contact them at 250-832-7376.

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