The Abbotsford branch of the BC SPCA took in 580 cats last year. File photo

The Abbotsford branch of the BC SPCA took in 580 cats last year. File photo

Abbotsford SPCA took in 580 cats in 2016

In addition to 580 cats and kittens, more than 217 dogs housed by local branch last year

More than 500 unwanted cats were taken in by the Abbotsford Branch of the BC SPCA last year, according to figures presented to council Monday.

A total of 580 cats and kittens were housed by the organization. A little more than half of those were found as strays, with the remainder having been surrendered by their owners, according to a report.

Another 217 dogs and puppies were taken in, along with 90 small animals – primarily rodents and birds.

The organization also housed 238 stray farm animals, and transferred the same number of animals to other jurisdictions through its Drive for Lives program. That initiative sees animals that aren’t adopted at one shelter transferred to other ones for second chance at finding a home.

The local shelter cost more than $440,000 to run last year.