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BC SPCA rescues 18 cats and 2 kittens from Delta home

Followed an investigation into suspected animal neglect
The cats were brought to a BC SPCA animal centre for assessment and those that required veterinary care were taken to a nearby clinic (BC SPCA photo)

In a recent operation, the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) intervened in a distressing situation in Delta, British Columbia, rescuing 18 cats and two kittens from a single residence. Following an investigation into suspected animal neglect, conducted by BC SPCA’s animal protection officers, the cats were seized from the premises.

Eileen Drever, Senior Officer for Protection and Stakeholder Relations at BC SPCA, described the dire conditions the cats were found in, stating, “The cats were living in a home that had an overwhelming ammonia smell with piles of feces as high as five inches in some rooms. The litter boxes were overflowing and the few pieces of furniture in the home were soaked in urine.” Drever noted that it was apparent the owners had become overwhelmed with the responsibilities of caring for the cats.

The rescued cats were taken to a BC SPCA animal center for evaluation. Those requiring medical attention were promptly attended to at a nearby veterinary clinic. Drever emphasized the immediate relief provided to the cats upon removal from their unhealthy environment, although many still bore the strong odour of urine. Four cats necessitated veterinary treatment, including one diagnosed with diabetes, another with a cyst on their tail, and one with a fever successfully treated with antibiotics. Additionally, one cat required tooth extractions.

The two kittens, fortunately, were found to be in good health and are now under the care of a BC SPCA volunteer foster. Although still nursing, they are beginning to transition to solid food. Drever remarked on the remarkable resilience and friendly nature exhibited by the cats, with one displaying an endearing habit of “smiling” when vocalizing.

This incident marks the second significant intake of cats by BC SPCA in the early months of 2024, following the surrender of 40 cats in the Okanagan region. Drever expressed the challenges faced by animal center staff in securing volunteer fosters for the increasing number of cats in their care, in addition to the financial strain of providing veterinary treatment, food, and enrichment.

The BC SPCA has yet to announce when the rescued cats and kittens will be available for adoption. Furthermore, they have indicated that they will not be pursuing charges in this case.

The two kittens are healthy and living with one of the BC SPCA’s volunteer fosters. (BC SPCA photo)

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