The BC SPCA Community Animal Centre and Spay-Neuter Clinic in Kamloops is launching a low-income spay/neuter pilot-program to address cat overpopulation in the city.
Ashley Fontaine, the agency’s community engagement manager, said the Kamloops SPCA branch has been seeing the highest intake of cats and kittens amongst the BC SPCA locations for the past several years, noting a significant percentage of cats coming into care are less than a year old.
The BC SPCA undertook a community assessment in 2019 on how to best address the issue of cat overpopulation. As a result, a multi-faceted approach has been developed, including education, community engagement and increased spaying and neutering for both owned and unowned cats.
“The cost of spaying and neutering procedures can be a barrier for some pet guardians,” Fontaine said. “This program will assist families with the costs of a spay or neuter procedure, so they can do what is best for their cat.”
The BC SPCA Kamloops Spay Neuter Clinic will be prioritizing appointments for this program over the coming months to ensure they can meet the needs of the community.
In addition to receiving a free spay/neuter surgery, cats will receive primary vaccines and be microchipped. Those having cats fixed will receive a one-year registration to the BC Pet Registry. The registry lists contact information for all microchipped pets, which can be used to reunite lost pets with their guardians.
For more information, call the BC SPCA Call Centre at 1-855-622-7722, option 6. Applications are online at spca.bc.ca/kamspayneuter.