The Paws for a Cause event gave a little relief to the crowded conditions at the SPCA’s cat kennels, but there is still need for people who are willing to adopt adult felines.
Paws for a Cause, a walk-a-thon event with pets, took place at the Maple Ridge SPCA shelter on Sunday, taking participants along the trails near the facility, and raising an estimated $15,000 to $16,000 in pledges from participants.
It is the largest fundraiser of the year for the SPCA.
The top team was called “In Memory of Maggie May,” which raised $560, and the top individual participant was Jody Schindler, with $675 in pledges.
Paws for a Cause is held at more than 30 SPCA branches around B.C., and in the past has raised more than $1 million province-wide.
The Maple Ridge event also features dog agility and obedience demonstrations, games, prizes and shelter tours.
“We definitely had more people take part this year,” said Faydra Nichols, local SPCA branch assistant manager.
This year’s Paws for a Cause also featured a half-price promotion for all people adopting adult cats, to try and get new homes for the felines in the pet shelter.
Nichols said about six adoptions relieved some of the pressure on facilities, but it is still crowded, as there is generally room for about 25 cats.
There are two litters of kittens, both in poor health, that are receiving treatment and will soon be available for adoption. And there are 23 kittens in foster homes who will need to be adopted.
Nichols is not worried about the kittens – there is generally little problem finding homes for them. But adult cats can be harder to place.
“Adults are just as lovable as kittens,” she asserts.
Even at the full price of $205 for adoption, she said adopting a pet from the SPCA is a good deal, considering they all have a microchip inserted, and have the benefit of vaccines and other veterinary care before they are adopted out.
She said the public should check in regularly. On Thursdays, the shelter will send two cats that have not been adopted to other SPCAs, and receive two from another community, so the cats available are always changing.