The SPCA is hoping to bring a furry friend to your home this Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet day.
On April 30th, SPCA across BC will be celebrating by offering 50% off their fees. The discount will be in effect from tomorrow until the end of April 30th.
“Animals come into our care through no fault of their own,” says Adrienne McBride, the BC SPCA’s senior director for Community Animal Centres. “Sometimes guardians just aren’t able to care for their pets and they seek our help to find them a new home. In other cases, animals are seized from dangerous or neglectful situations.” The goal of the BC SPCA, says McBride, is to provide emergency treatment and a safe, loving environment for animals – either at an SPCA facility or in a foster home – until a new family can be found.
Certain locations may also be offering special activities for the public to take part in, or extended hours through the weekend.
“Seeing an animal go home with their new guardian is one of the most rewarding parts of my job,” says McBride. “Often animals come to us from less-than-ideal situations, where their needs were not being met. To see them go to a home where they will be cared for and cherished is such a wonderful feeling.”
McBride says the pandemic brought people to shelters or pet shops to get a companion to help them cope with the long amount of time spent inside.
“Pets can be such a gift in our lives, and our goal is to match the animals in our care with the needs of the people who are looking to adopt,” says McBride. “We believe that there is a perfect match out there for every animal.”
The BC SPCA provided shelter for around 16,000 animals last year, according to the organization. More information is available here.