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BC SPCA offering half price adoptions to free up space in shelters for flood-affected pets

BC SPCA offering half price adoptions to free up space in shelters for flood-affected pets

Now might be the perfect time to welcome a new pet into your family.

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The BC SPCA are offering 50% off adoption fees to help free up space in their shelters for flood affected pets and animals.

Torrential rain has continued to pour over the Lower Mainland and Interior in recent weeks causing devastating mudslides along highways which killed several people. More than 17,000 residents were evacuated and huge swathes of Abbotsford and Chilliwack have been left underwater.

More than 640,000 livestock animals are also thought to have perished in the floods, with officials expecting the death toll to rise as farmers return.

Since the floods began, the BC SPCA has been offering free emergency boarding to displaced pets in the Lower Mainland, Interior and Vancouver Island, and has been handing out free crates, pet food, leashes and other supplies through Emergency Support Services (ESS) centres.

As animals continue to be rescued, the charity has decided to slash it’s adoption fees in half in order to encourage potential adopters to welcome a new pet into their lives, as well as create room for all the animals in need.

The promotion, which is sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, runs until December 8 and applies to all animals across B.C., with the exception of SPCA facilities in Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Prince Rupert, which have been impacted by flooding and other local issues, and the Haida Gwaii and 100 Mile House SPCA branches, which do not have facilities.

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Lorie Chortyk, general manager of communications for the BC SPCA, said: “We hope anyone who has been thinking about adopting a pet will take advantage of this opportunity.

“You will not only make a difference in the life of a deserving animal by giving them a loving home, you will also help us support pet guardians and their animals who have displaced because of the flooding.”

Anyone interested in adopting a new family member should visit spca.bc.ca/adopt as well as read through the charity’s adoption guide.

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