Animals need forever homes

SPCA adoption weekend ahead in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Mandi Wright shows off one of the rabbits up for adoption at the Parksville and District SPCA.

Mandi Wright shows off one of the rabbits up for adoption at the Parksville and District SPCA.

It’s time, says Nadine Durante, to end the wait.

That wait, said the manager of the Parksville and District  SPCA shelter, is endured by cats, kittens and rabbits every day as they linger in shelters across the country in hopes that someone will give them a loving home — a forever home.

She and her staff at the shelter are hoping they can find some forever homes for cats, kittens and rabbits when they hold a BCSPCA adoption weekend and Hills Science Diet open house on May 25.

“We see an influx of animals during the spring season at our shelters,” said Lorie Chortyk, the general manager of community relations for the BCSPCA. “We hope to end the wait for many of the animals in our shelters who have been waiting for loving homes by offering a reduced adoption fee.”

That fee, said Durante, will be cut in half on both May 24 and May 25 for cats, kittens and rabbits. However, she stressed that potential owners will still have to go through a screening process to ensure the animals are going to a good home.

Besides the cut-rate adoptions, Durante said the shelter will have a mini-book sale, flea market and barbecue, with hamburgers, hot dogs and a vegetarian option.

The open house will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All proceeds from the mini book sale and flea market will go towards the provincial Paws for a Cause fundraiser, which helps lost, abandoned, neglected and unwanted animals in the area.