Grants available for SPCA program

NANAIMO: The B.C. SPCA launched a new spay/neuter grant competition to help communities across the province

The B.C. SPCA launched a new spay/neuter grant competition to help communities across the province address the tragedy of pet overpopulation.

Through a $75,000 legacy from a compassionate donor concerned about the suffering of homeless cats, the SPCA will be distributing grants of $2,500, $5,000 and $7,500 to municipalities and First Nations communities to assist low-income cat owners and individuals and groups who care for feral cats.

“We are pleased to launch this initiative to help reduce cat overpopulation in B.C. communities,” said Craig Daniell, B.C. SPCA chief executive officer. “Each year thousands of cats and kittens are dropped off at SPCA shelters or simply abandoned by their guardians in public areas.

“By providing communities with spay/neuter support, we believe we can reduce the number of unwanted litters and help end the suffering of homeless cats.”

Successful applicant organizations must meet certain criteria in order to be eligible for funding, including: evidence of a community problem with homeless and unwanted cats; the ability to match funds within the community; and the participation of a veterinarian willing to discount his or her services.

“Even if applicants don’t fully meet all the criteria, we still encourage them to apply,” said Daniell. “We want to see an end to cat overpopulation in our province and this program is designed to stimulate local solutions tailored to each community.”

The BC SPCA spends more than $2 million a year on spay/neuter initiatives across the province.

To apply for a community spay/neuter grant, or for more information, please visit www.spca.bc.ca/catgrant and download the application guide.

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