VANCOUVER, BC – Oct 29, 2014 – Paws for Hope Animal Foundation, a Vancouver-based charity committed to more sustainable companion animal protection in B.C., today announced it has joined the Surrey Community Cat Coalition to help combat the growing cat overpopulation crisis in Surrey alongside fellow members, the BC SPCA Surrey Education & Adoption Centre, the Surrey Animal Rescue Centre, Semiahmoo Animal League, Katie’s Place, and the Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA). The Vancouver charity also announced its first ever “Surrey Spay & Neuter Day” scheduled for low-income pet guardians on November 2, 2014 in partnership with VOKRA marking a positive first step in the quest to help reduce the number of cats suffering on Surrey streets.
“With an estimated 20,000 feral and stray cats living in danger of starvation, disease, injury, and death each day in Surrey, we knew joining the Surrey Community Cat Coalition was the right step for us. In fact, we were honoured to be invited to join,” said Kathy Powelson, Executive Director of Paws for Hope Animal Foundation. “We believe the only sustainable way to affect change in this province is to work together with other animal welfare organizations, rescue groups, and shelters in each community, recognizing that each one of us brings something unique and important to the table. For us, that means contributing funding from our Crazy About Cats Program and lending our expertise in working with low and no-income pet guardians gained through our successful Roxy’s Relief Program.”
The November 2nd “Surrey Spay & Neuter Day” in partnership with VOKRA will be held at Scottsdale Veterinary Hospital where Paws for Hope Board Vice President, Dr. Shawn Llewellyn, is a Partner and full-time veterinarian. Dr. Llewellyn and the Scottsdale team will volunteer their time to spay and neuter over 30 Surrey cats which were previously assessed and vaccinated on September 28th with the help of VOKRA volunteers who are providing transport services.
“We are so grateful to the staff at Scottsdale Veterinary Hospital and to our partners at VOKRA,” adds Powelson. “Our Crazy About Cats program aims to work with rescue organizations, municipal leaders, and community members to educate the public about the cat crisis in B.C. and to find sustainable, humane solutions to the problem. Ignoring the situation or assuming cats are independent animals capable of taking care of themselves isn’t good enough. On November 2nd we’ll help these cats – preventing thousands of new cats on the streets of Surrey – and we look forward to additional efforts alongside members of the Surrey Community Cat Coalition.”
For more information on the Surrey Community Cat Coalition, please visit www.surreycats.ca and to learn more about Paws for Hope’s companion animal protection initiatives in B.C. and its ongoing free animal health clinics, please visit www.pawsforhope.org.
Executive Director, Paws for Hope Animal Foundation