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B.C. SPCA hopes to attract purr-fect families with sale

Nov 21 2012
Penny Stone with some of the cats at the Victoria SPCA, where adoption fees for cats and kittens are being cut in half from Nov. 26 to Dec. 9. 

Penny Stone with some of the cats at the Victoria SPCA, where adoption fees for cats and kittens are being cut in half from Nov. 26 to Dec. 9.

Photograph by: Darren Stone, Times Colonist , Times Colonist

Craving a little feline attention? Whether you prefer a serious mouser or a couple of playful kittens, you're in luck, because the B.C.

SPCA is having a sale.

The B.C. SPCA takes in more than 17,000 homeless cats and kittens each year and space is tight at shelters. Between Nov. 26 and Dec. 9, successful applicants can adopt a cat for $75 and a kitten for $85 - half off the group's normal rate. The fee includes spaying/neutering, deworming, vaccinations and six weeks of insurance.

The Victoria SPCA shelter has 80 cats and 40 kittens to choose from, all of which are handled regularly and would make good pets, said manager Penny Stone. The cats range in age from eight weeks to 15 years.

Cats make a good pets for anyone who wants a companion that doesn't need exercise or constant grooming.

"Cats have their own ideas of when they want to like you," Stone said.

"We certainly have some lovely, lovely cats here."

There are 936 adult cats and 1,146 kittens at SPCA shelters across the province, said Lorie Chortyk, B.C. SPCA general manager for community relations.

"These are beautiful animals who are homeless through no fault of their own," Chortyk said in a statement.

"B.C. has an overwhelming cat overpopulation problem because people do not spay and neuter their pets, or they illegally abandon their cats and the animals ultimately pay the price."

The cost of care of the average cat during its stay at an SPCA shelter is $784 - much higher than the regular adoption fee, Chortyk said.

To adopt a cat, visit the SPCA shelter at 3150 Napier Lane in Victoria.

Anyone wanting to adopt a cat needs to fill out an application, attend an interview and be approved before choosing their pet.

Cats can also be viewed online at spca.bc.ca/ branches/victoria.

smcculloch@timescolonist.com

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