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Cowichan Cat Rescue continues low-cost spay program with CVRD aid

The CVRD has stepped up with funding for Cowichan Cat Rescue. - John McKinley/file
The CVRD has stepped up with funding for Cowichan Cat Rescue.
— image credit: John McKinley/file

The Cowichan Valley Regional District is filling in for Pepsi by providing $10,000 so Cowichan Cat Rescue can continue its low-cost spay program this year.

The program that began after CCR received an initial dose of $10,000 through the Pepsi Refresh Everything program last year continues through 2012 thanks to the second cash shot from the regional district.

"Almost 100 cats belonging to people living below the poverty line were spayed or neutered under that (Pepsi) program before the money ran out," a CCR press release states.

"Now, thanks to a remarkably progressive and forward-thinking Cowichan Valley Regional District, funding for this program will once again be available.

"By far the great majority of the pet owners we have dealt with are responsible, loving owners who simply do not have the money to get their cat fixed."

CCR is a volunteer organization that aims to prevent over-breeding among cats, which in turn reduces the number of feral cat colonies in the Cowichan Valley.

"By adding this program to the animal control budget, the CVRD is in the vanguard of local governments seeking a human and cost-effective way to deal with the problem of cat over-population."

To learn more about Cowichan Cat Rescue, email cowcatrescue@shaw.ca, visit the group's website or call 250-743-6500.

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