LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Editor,

The BC SPCA Adoption Challenge is back, and there is no better time to show your love for animals than by opening your heart and your home to a homeless animal in your community.

BC SPCA shelters, adoption centres, storefront locations and branches across the province are competing in this annual event to try and find ?forever? homes for as many animals as possible during the month of May. Last year, our facilities found homes for 1,659 animals, representing an 8.5 per cent increase over the same period in 2007; we?re hoping to increase that figure by 10 per cent this year.

But we can?t do that without your help. Sadly, only 17 per cent of cats and 13 per cent of dogs in Canadian households are acquired from shelters and rescue groups like the BC SPCA.* We?re trying hard to change that.

In 2008, we rehomed 19,951 dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, small animals and even the odd horse, sheep and llama. The Great BC SPCA Adoption Challenge is an opportunity to celebrate the many ways these animals enrich our lives, and to highlight the important role we play as the guardians entrusted with their care. Local branches will be hosting open houses, adoptathons, mobile adoptions and other special promotions throughout May in an effort to find homes for more animals in our care.

The top branches in the challenge will win a cash prize of $2,500 to be used locally and will vie for the coveted BC SPCA Adoption Award (and of course, bragging rights for their community!).

Please show your support for the animals this May and help our community win the Great BC SPCA Adoption Challenge. Contact your SPCA today — your best friend is waiting for you.

Sincerely,

Lorie Chortyk

General manager, community relations, BC SPCA

* 2008 Ipsos-Reid poll on behalf of the Banff Summit for Urban Animal Strategies