SPCA adoption fees reduced, waived on overrun of cats needing homes

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The SPCA has over 1000 cats that they not able to accommodate.

The Nova Scotia SPCA says it has over 1,000 cats that it is not able to accommodate, up nearly 25 per cent from this time last year.

"We are once again at the height of breeding season and we are now experiencing a second round of kittens being born and this creates many challenges and pressures for intake on animal welfare organizations and regrettably, many animals need to be turned away," said director of animal care, Sandra Flemming. "Triaging for space is very challenging, and owner and public surrenders are often a lower priority than cruelty cases, sick and injured animals, and pregnant moms," Flemming added.

The Nova Scotia SPCA is a no-kill organization and therefore will not euthanize for space. It is therefore imperative to ensure adoption rates remain high. Adoption promotion, the use of off-site adoption locations and other strategies are critical to success, she said.

In response, shelters across the province are offering discounts on adoption fees and the Provincial Animal Shelter has many cats up for adoption that have had their adoption fees waived completely.  

“In times of greatest need all options need to be on the table even if that means that shelters have to take a financial hit when adoption fees are waived as it eliminates our ability to recover the medical costs associated with their care” said Flemming.

The SPCA says the public can help in the following ways:

Foster – Become part of your local SPCA or Humane Society’s animal care network and expand their ability to support animals in need by providing a loving, safe environment for an animal in your home.

Adopt – Every animal that is adopted makes room for another to come into care. If adoption was everyone’s first choice, there would be no displaced animals in need of loving homes. If you can’t adopt from a shelter, consider adopting a stray and providing for their needs.

Donate – Help humane organizations expand their capacity to offer care. Donations directly go to enhancing the ability to help animals in need.

Support local rescue groups and TNR – Local rescues take in thousands of animals each year and TNR (trap, neuter, return) groups work with feral populations to ensure that they do not reproduce and populations naturally decrease.

Call the media or use social media – Be heard and bring attention to the cause. Broadening awareness of efforts on the ground and issues that need to be addressed is vital to improving cats’ social value.

Talk to government – Understand where your tax dollars go and advocate for stronger regulations and bylaws that are inclusive of the needs for cats in particular – stray and owned.

ID your pets – shelters are full of pets that never find their way back home because they have no ID. Indoor pets may even escape through open doors and windows. Safety collars with ID are a great start, but the best form of permanent ID is a quick and painless microchip, which lasts a lifetime.

To learn more, to make a donation or to view adoptables, visit www.spcans.ca.

Organizations: Humane Society

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