Mama Daphne and her brood of seven rainbow kittens on display at Bosleys Penticton as part of their Rescue Awareness Day April 12. Daphne was trapped from a feral colony in Oliver BC and was so close to term she wasn’t spayed. She gave birth 3 days later. Left to Right Volunteers Brenda Lynch and Cy Atkinson.

AlleyCATS Alliance assists South Okanagan pet owners

Not-for-profit group assists families by providing affordable means to have their cats spayed and neutered.

AlleyCATS Alliance was able to help cats and their families for the second time by providing an affordable means to have their beloved cats spayed and neutered.

As a result of the S.N.A.P. Program (Spay & Neuter As Many As Possible), a total of 20 cats from 15 families living in Penticton, Oliver, Okanagan Falls, Cawston, and Keremeos were able to be spayed and neutered.

The population of unwanted cats throughout the Okanagan and Similkameen is very high, as observed by the number of animals processed by various animal rescue groups and the SPCA. Many of these animals are the result of “domestic” street population. According to AlleyCATS Alliance, one un-spayed female and her offspring can produce up to 420,000 kittens in seven years.

AlleyCATS Alliance wants to break the cycle of unwanted pregnancies by helping families who might not otherwise be able to set aside the funds to do this on their own. The goal was to host a low cost spay / neuter clinic with the help of the local veterinarians and volunteers.

“This is one of my favourite programs that we do at AlleyCATS Alliance,” said president December van den Berg. “I love meeting the people we are lucky to be able to help. They are always very grateful, and it’s heartwarming to see how much they love their pets and want to do what’s best for them, regardless of their current circumstances.”

AlleyCATS Alliance is grateful for the support by local veterinarians and their staff who have made it possible to offer this clinic. Specifically, they thank Dr.’s Kopp and Nixon at Lindsey Veterinary Hospital in Penticton, Dr. Anderson at Sunoka Veterinary Clinic in Summerland and Dr. Kular of Asher Road Animal Hospital in Kelowna. All programs are funded entirely by fundraising and private donations. If you would like to help please visit www.AlleycatsAlliance.org to donate.

AlleyCATS Alliance is a registered charity dedicated to providing rescue, rehabilitation, medical care, and adoption to feral and orphaned cats & kittens throughout the Okanagan Valley.

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