Helping those who can’t help themselves. #MillionActsOfKindness #BCSPCA

Growing up, I had several pets…

Pets

Photo credit: The Island News

Dogs, cats, birds, chinchillas, rabbits.

Once, I adopted from the SPCA.

My Mom gave me some money for my 20th Birthday and I decided that I wanted a kitty. It was a pouring rainy day and I went down to my local SPCA shelter to see if they had any kittens available. When I entered the cat room, I was immediately drawn to one little lady who greeted me so enthusiastically. Her name was Sophie. She was a tortoiseshell with grey, white and peach fur. Her little tail was crooked at the end and she had a squeak of a meow.

I loved her and she loved me for 16 years. She was my little girl before I had my own little girl, and I miss her dearly.

Now that we are a family of four, hubby and I think it might be time for us to welcome a furry family member into our home.

We’ve discussed that when it’s time, we want to visit our local SPCA shelters to find the right pet for us. There are so many pets waiting in shelters looking for good homes, that we are adamant about getting one from there.

Not only do they have cats and dogs, but there are rodents like hamsters, ferrets and rabbits, that also need homes. But when you consider adopting a pet, keep in mind that they have needs to be met. Not only do they need feeding and activity, but in the case of rodents, their cages need to be kept clean as well.

A lot of people like to buy pets for their children as gifts for the holidays, like Birthdays, Christmas and Easter. And unfortunately, once these pets get bigger or the child tires of them, these little creatures get brought into shelters or let loose in local parks where they are unable to fend for themselves and usually die as a result. It’s a much better idea to really prepare your family to welcome a furry member by discussing what there needs will be.

Photo credit: The Inhabitots

Photo credit: The Inhabitots

This Easter, instead of getting your kiddos a bunny or chicks, stick to the stuffies, crafts, treats (if they’re allowed) or consider making a donation to the BCSPCA to help the shelter animals in need.

Please help the BCSPCA fulfill their #MillionActsOfKindness by donating, volunteering or adopting a pet!

Million Acts of Kindness

A second chance.

Today we paid a visit to our local animal shelter. We have no pets, but frequent the local pet store when we are out for walks. I thought that it might be a nice idea to visit the animals that are looking for a second chance.

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Coquitlam Animal Shelter

They have lots of cats and a few dogs, as well as a bunny barn.

The cat room was fun. There were probably about a dozen cats of different age and personality. We were greeted by a very friendly, curious little black cat that was quite young still.

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The friendly black kitty.

Little dude was so excited with all the cats, that I thought his head would explode from all of the excitement. Our wee lass had to pet every. single. one. of the cats as to not leave anyone out.

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More kitties.

After giving lovvies to ALL the cats, we headed out to see the dogs. Fortunately there were only 2 looking for homes, but they were a little too rambunctious and loud for my littles, so we said a quick “Hi” & “Goodbye”, before we ventured into the bunny barn.

I never realized that people actually take rabbits to the SPCA. There were many bunnies in there looking for homes.

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Brown bunny.

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Harlequin bunny.

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Bunny run.

All of the animals in the shelter look well taken care of and the facilities appear to be kept clean. The kennels and pens are tidy and look like they are washed down regularly.

The Coquitlam Animal Shelter is open to visitors:

  • Monday to Friday – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sunday and Statutory Holidays – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Shelter’s Viewing Hours for Dogs – We are working to give the dogs a less stressful environment and they will be having “Quiet Time” every day.
    • Monday – Friday – closed from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Saturday/Sunday/Holidays – closed from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Looking for a new family.

Looking for a new family.

The Shelter welcomes all kinds of donations including: cash donations, food, towels, blankets, pet beds, carrying cages, toys, and other animal related equipment.

Cash donations will be used to directly benefit the animals, such as to acquire specialized equipment and provide a fund for extraordinary veterinary costs.  Cash donations are not used to offset general operating costs of the shelter. Charitable receipts are available upon request for any donation and will be automatically mailed to identified donors of donations over $15.00. Charitable receipts may also be available for substantial donations of supplies. To make a donation or for more information, please contact the Coquitlam Animal Shelter.

Donations are greatly appreciated!

Donations are greatly appreciated!

If you are considering pet adoption, please follow this link to find out more information.

So next time you’re planning an outing with the little ones, why not pop in to the nearest shelter for a visit. The animals are always looking for some company and maybe, just maybe, your family might be perfect for giving one of these animals a second chance:)

Coquitlam Animal Shelter

Coquitlam Animal Shelter