Twin Meadows Animal Rescue Society (TMARS) needs your help.
The local Elk Valley animal rescue group currently has 12 kittens to examine and adopt, and as many cats.
TMARS co-founder Nycki Wannamaker said the number of adoptions in the Elk Valley has slowed “a lot” in line with a provincial slowdown noted by the BCSPCA.
“It’s definitely slowed down,” she said.
“Last year we had waiting lists for kittens, this year we have kittens waiting for homes.”
TMARS was created during the pandemic and has adopted 30 cats during the 2021 “kitten season,” which is the time of year when cats have kittens and groups like TMARS are overwhelmed with homeless animals.
Wannamaker said the decline in adoptions was not only the end of the pandemic, but that there were only a limited number of homes pets in need could go to. While the number of adopters had slowed, the number of animals cared for by TMARS had not decreased.
“Just yesterday we had nine babies,” Wannamaker said. They are in the care of TMARS, and all will be neutered, microchipped and vaccinated before being adopted – a cost of over $300 per cat, and they will be adopted for $100.
To help TMARS, you can become a foster family, adopt an animal or contribute financially.
Wannamaker said they have a strong need for foster families at the moment – fostering can be rewarding, but there are many variables in caring for animals through TMARS – such as the amount of medical care an animal needs, whether it needs a safe place to recover, or get used to humans and other animals. Currently, TMARS need host families who can be patient in taming wild or feral animals, as well as regular host families who are willing and able to step in when needed.
“Fostering is very rewarding because it costs you nothing, you don’t have to commit or pay vet bills or buy supplies. You get the joys of owning a pet for a little while.
“You save a life.”
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