Legacy funds help GNAWS address feral cats

Greater Nechako Animal Welfare Society (non-profit) in Vanderhoof has received funding

Outdoor cats

Greater Nechako Animal Welfare Society (non-profit) in Vanderhoof has received funding thanks to the generosity of animal lovers and supporters who planned ahead and designated legacies to combat cat overpopulation.

With their help the BC SPCA is able to address the suffering of tens of thousands of outdoor-living cats across the province.

“Thanks to the legacy funds, this is the fifth year we can support communities across the province working to address the community cat population through spay and neuter initiatives,” says Marieke van der Velden, BC SPCA outreach coordinator. “Preventing unwanted litters through spaying and neutering is the most effective and humane approach to solving the problem and we are seeing communities across B.C. coming together to help these cats.”

Cat overpopulation was identified as a key issue in the BC SPCA’s 2014-2018 Strategic Plan and the organization has been making great strides through numerous initiatives designed to combat the number of homeless cats.

“Last year the work achieved by grant recipients resulted in more than 700 cats being spayed and neutered. This year a total of $97,500 from several legacies will be helping nearly 900 cats live healthier, happier lives and reduce the outdoor cat population in these communities over time,” van der Velden says.

The funds will go toward many partner charities, and non-profit organizations, including the BC SPCA to help address the cat overpopulation crisis. They are (in alphabetical order):

file from SPCA press release