The BC SPCA is trying to find “forever homes” for thousands of homeless animals this month, through its Home for the Holidays pet adoption drive.
SPCA shelters, adoption centres and volunteer-run branches currently have 4,000 homeless cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, rabbits and small animals in care.
“What better gift to give a homeless animal than a caring family and a warm home?” BC SPCA spokesperson Lorie Chortyk said.
While the SPCA discourages giving pets as gifts, “if an individual or family has carefully considered their decision and the responsibility of a new pet, the holidays can be an optimum time to adopt,” Chortyk said.
“Families are more likely to be off work or school during the holidays and have more time to spend with each other and with their new companion animal.”
Chortyk said it is sad to think of animals having to spend the holidays at a shelter.
“Our staff and volunteers do an outstanding job of nurturing the animals in our care, but there is no substitute for being part of a permanent, loving family.”
For more information on the SPCA, or to search available SPCA animals by location, breed, age, gender, colour and other characteristics, visit spca.bc.ca