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Nerf not harmless to pets

Nerf not harmless to pets

An affinity for foamy objects landed an eight-month-old cat in the care of the Sunshine Coast BC SPCA Branch. Piper, a friendly black-and-white feline, was surrendered into BC SPCA care after being sick for three days and running a fever.

“The vet suspected a blockage and completed an emergency surgery, and found the tip of a foam Nerf dart lodged in his intestine,” says BC SPCA Sunshine Coast Branch manager Cindy Krapiec. “He’s recovering beautifully and is being such a good patient.”

An unprecedented number of animals requiring medical help have come into the branch this year, Krapiec says, from blockages to amputations, and from allergies to overall neglect.

“It’s been a challenging year for our little branch, so we are seeking the public’s help and support to help us make ends meet,” she says. “We just want Piper to have another chance to live out the rest of his nine lives in a loving, forever home – where he hopefully won’t have any access to the foamy toys and objects he seems to love to eat.”

When Piper has finished recovering from his surgery, he will be available for adoption.

A non-profit organization, the BC SPCA relies primarily on public donations to carry out its life-saving work helping the province’s most vulnerable animals. If you can help Piper and other animals like him at the BC SPCA Sunshine Coast Branch, you can donate online at or in person, at 4376 Solar Rd., Sechelt.


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