It’s adoption awareness month

  • May. 18, 2012 8:00 p.m.

Submitted article–You can’t buy love but you can adopt it. The SPCA is celebrating adoption awareness month in May. There are thousands of wonderful animals in rescues across the province who can’t wait to meet their new families.”The animals we receive are beautiful, loving creatures who are in our care through no fault of their own – they are with us because their guardians couldn’t, or wouldn’t, provide for their needs,” says Lorie Chortyk of the BC SPCA. “Unfortunately research shows a very small percentage of pets acquired in BC come from shelters or rescue organizations and we’d really like to challenge people to think of the BC SPCA as their ‘first adoption option’ when thinking about bringing a new pet into their family.”Choosing adoption instead of purchasing a pet provides an animal in need with a home, rather than encouraging overpopulation and unsustainable and unhealthy breeding practices. All SPCA animals have updated health checks and vaccinations, and are spayed and neutered.Currently, the Haida Gwaii SPCA has dogs, cats, rabbits and a guinea pig available for adoption to loving homes. As Haida Gwaii does not have an animal shelter, our rescued animals are kept at foster homes. As always, if permanent adoption is not a possibility for you, the SPCA welcomes new foster parents too.If you don’t find what you are looking for amongst our animals, there are hundreds of other rescued animals in northwest BC who are looking for their forever homes. You can view our adoptable animals on http://bcpetsearch.com/ or http://www.petfinder.ca/ If you do not have internet access or if you have any questions, phone us at 559-9030. The BC SPCA rescues more than 32,000 animals each year and operates adoption centres in 35 communities across the province. “We have animals of every size and description – dogs and puppies, cats and kittens, rabbits, horses, and every kind of small animal,” says Chortyk. “The one thing they have in common is that they desperately want a family to call their own.”This May, the BC SPCA’s adoption campaign focuses on the unique bond that humans share with their pets. The campaign features the slogan “Beautiful relationships start with adoption. Bring Love Home” in honour of the irreplaceable gifts animals bring into our lives.All animals adopted from the BC SPCA have health checks, vaccinations, temperament testing and are spayed or neutered prior to adoption. To view adoptable animals online visit spca.bc.ca/adopt or visit the BC SPCA branch nearest you.