Name a Stray for Valentine’s Day*

Our provincial animal shelter agency, the BC SPCA, is offering a rather unique Valentine’s Day fundraising idea: name a homeless pet after your loved one. The romantically inclined are invited down to the Vancouver shelter to select a pet, anything from dogs to cats, puppies and kittens and ferrets (Vancouver is well-known for its ferret population) and name a critter after a loved. In exchange for a minimum donation of $25, the romantic animal-lover is rewarded with a certificate with the pet’s photo and new name, which they can then give to the individual they’re salutng on Valentine’s Day.

However, this doesn’t mean the pet’s name is forever unalterable—indeed, it only lasts until the critter is adopted. On the bright side, all proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the local branch of the SPCA, which cares for thousands of homeless, abused and injured animals every year, including hundreds of strays, who are usually given names by shelter staff and volunteers. “We end up with a lot of ‘Buddies’ and ‘Shadows,’ so if we can mix it up a bit with a few Brendas and Trevors, all the better,” Vancouver branch manager Mark Vosper is quoted as saying in the press release. The promotion ends Feb. 14.

End the proliferation of “Buddies” and “Shadows” now.

*No, not my friend Mike, he already has a name.

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