Cariboo Country Mobile Veterinary Services (CCMVS) and the Ulkatcho First Nation, with help from a BC SPCA grant, have just completed an ambitious plan to spay and neuter a large number of cats and dogs in their Anahim Lake community.
“It all started from a phone call (the Ulkatcho First Nation) made, which came to us,” says Mark Collett, marketing director for the Cariboo Mobile Vet. “There were a lot of animals running around loose, and they wanted our help in controlling their companion animal population.”
Collett found out about the BC SPCA’s grant program, which helps B.C. communities spay and neuter animals, and applied. He and CCMVS veterinarians Pam Barker and registered vet tech Michelle Collett then coordinated their efforts, aided by a $3,000 BC SPCA grant to fix 20 cats and an $8,100 BC SPCA grant to fix 35 dogs in the community.
Collett says they had 70 animals sterilized by the end of September.
Spaying and neutering the animals helps prevent unwanted litters of puppies and kittens, Collett notes, and adds there have been other positives, such as re-homing or finding homes for animals who need them from the Anahim Lake community. Barker adds that spayed and neutered animals are less likely to roam or fight, and are less likely to succumb to certain kinds of cancers that afflict older, intact animals.
“The BC SPCA is thrilled to support projects like this one,” says BC SPCA outreach coordinator Megan Munroe. “Huge disparities in access to affordable spay/neuter services exist throughout the province. When members of a community come together to address the problem, it helps provide a successful solution and sets a fantastic example for other B.C. communities to follow.”
The next application period for 2016 BC SPCA Community Animal Spay/Neuter Legacy Grants will open in September of 2016.