SPCA strives to send pets ‘Home for the Holidays'

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All they want for Christmas is a home.

The BC SPCA is trying to find “forever homes” for hundreds of animals during the month of December through its Home for the Holidays pet adoption campaign. Last December, SPCA shelters, adoption centres and volunteer-run branches found loving homes for more than 1,600 abandoned and abused animals and they hope to increase that number in 2011.

“More families bring pets into their homes during the holidays than at any other time of year so what better gift to give a homeless animal than a caring family and a warm home?” said Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA. “The SPCA strongly discourages giving pets are gifts. But if an individual or family has carefully considered the decision and the responsibility of a new pet the holidays can be an optimum time to adopt because families tend to take time off and spend more time with each other, and with their new companion animal.”

Chortyk says it is sad to think of animals having to spend the holidays at a shelter. “Our staff and volunteers do an outstanding home of nurturing the animals in our care, but there is no substitute for being part of a permanent, loving family. If you are thinking about welcoming a dog, cat or other furry creature into your home at this time of year, please come and meet some of the wonderful pets that we have available. Your love will change the life of a homeless animal forever.”

You can search animals available for adoption by location, breed, age, gender, colour and other characteristics at spca.bc.ca. The website also lists the locations and contact information for all BC SPCA branches and satellite adoption centres as well as important pet care information.

Visit the BC SPCA in person or online and find your new best friend today!

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