LETTERS: Cold paws, warm hearts

Thank you for bringing the plight of stray, homeless and abandoned cats to the attention of our community.

Thank you Laure (Dear orange cat owner, Western News, Nov. 21) for bringing the plight of stray, homeless and abandoned cats to the attention of our community, particularly as temperatures start to drop.

In 2013 the BC SPCA received 13,000 cats and kittens across the province. Illegal abandonment and animals who aren’t spayed or neutered contribute to the problem, as well as cats without permanent identification like a microchip or a tattoo, which are never reunited with their guardians. It is truly heartbreaking that cats continue to be abandoned and lost, left to fend for themselves, struggling to find food, water and warmth with the constant risk of injury, illness or frostbite. Each year we continue to receive an overwhelming number of requests to receive stray cats, well beyond our capacity.

The BCSPCA is currently holding an adoption event offering adult cats at half the regular adoption fee. Your new family member will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and given permanent ID with a free vet check, bag of food and six weeks trial pet insurance. When you adopt from the BCSPCA you create space for another homeless animal to come in from the cold. Please consider giving the gift of love this Christmas. Visit spca.bc.ca/adopt to find a furry friend, today!

Tracy Westmoreland

Regional Manager,

British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals