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Overwhelmed shelters means BC SPCA is discounting cat adoptions

Many cats are coming from hoarding situations, meaning space for cats at SPCA shelters is limited.

With an overwhelming number of cats coming into BC SPCA shelters, the animal welfare organization is looking for new long-term homes for cats lodging in its shelters.

To that end, they're offering 50 per cent off their normal adoption fees for people across B.C., including Metro Vancouver.

“Our shelters are overwhelmed with cats as we’ve been responding to many cases this year where up to 100 cats are being rescued at one time from hoarding situations,” said spokesperson Lorie Chortyk in a press release. “Just this month we took in 120 cats from a property in northern B.C. and these kinds of cases are happening all around the province."

"This time of year is always very busy with incoming animals and these large-scale intakes place additional demands on our facilities and resources.”

Some of the cats ready for adoption come from recent cases where large numbers of cats were rescued; in one case more than 70 cats were brought to the BC SPCA Surrey facility, while a large group were given to the Squamish location in an unrelated case.

"We are definitely getting more and more requests for help on properties where hoarding situations have gotten out of control, or people are just overwhelmed with the number of animals they are caring for,” said Chortyk. “COVID, the rising cost of living and mental health challenges are all playing a role in this increased need for help."

The adoption discount is due in part to the support of Hill's Pet Nutrition, a dog and cat food company. The discount runs from June 20 to June 30.