Program tackles booming cat population

NANAIMO – Nanoose First Nations Cat Rescue among nine Vancouver Island organizations to receive SPCA program.

Nanoose First Nations Cat Rescue is among nine Vancouver Island organizations to receive the new B.C. SPCA Community Cat Spay/Neuter Grant Program.

The program, funded in part by an SPCA donor who was concerned about the cat overpopulation crisis in B.C., will provide up to 1,000 operations and prevent 5,000 kitten births this year in B.C. communities.

“Feral cats are of particular concern on Vancouver Island where colonies have grown as a result of pet abandonment,” said Amy Morris, officer of policy and outreach for the B.C. SPCA.

Eligibility for funding was determined by 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.