There are a lot more dogs than usual at the BC SPCA’s Vancouver branch these days. After it became clear that an elderly pet guardian could no longer care for her beloved pooches, 15 small dogs were surrendered to the Vancouver shelter last weekend – 10 poodles, three Chihuahuas and two Pomeranians.
The small dogs are lovable and extremely cute, but so many canines coming into the shelter at once poses a serious financial problem, notes Vancouver SPCA branch manager Charlotte Ellice.
“This many dogs all at once means we’ll need upwards of $10,000,” Ellice said. “A lot of them are adoptable right now. Some will require very special homes as many have lived a sheltered and isolated life.”
But many of the dogs need care, such as blood work, dental work, analysis and related treatment, Ellice says, which can cost $400 to $500 per dog. One of the poodles, Robbie, needs surgery on his left hind leg for severe luxating patella, a joint problem common in small-breed dogs. That surgery will cost at least $2,000.
“We’d like to do the surgery as soon as possible to get him off to a better start in life,” Ellice said.
As a non-profit organization, the BC SPCA is supported through public donations. Anyone who is able to help these adorable small dogs and other animals like them in need at the Vancouver SPCA shelter can donate online or visit in person, at 1205 East 7th Avenue, Vancouver.
Source: BC SPCA
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