On July 8th, 2015, the CBC reported that animal shelters in Alberta were inundated with hundreds of unwanted cats and kittens. Both the Calgary Humane Society and the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) are holding emergency adoption events this weekend.
Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue on flickr / CC-by-2.0Since early June, the Calgary Humane Society has accepted an additional 669 animals into their their facility.
Yet their facility was built to provide care for 400 pets at any one time. On July 8th, they were housing a total of 832 pets.
The AARCS has about 375 cats and may need to shut its doors to more felines until they can make more room.
In an AARCS blog post, executive director Deanna Thompson stated:
"We need to get some of the currently adoptable cats into new homes so we can rescue more. Kitten season is out of control this year and we are getting calls everyday to help rescue and rehome cats. The last thing we want to do is turn cats away, but every shelter has their limit."
Sadly, the slumping economy in Alberta is forcing more people to give up their pets. Calgary Humane Society's spokesperson Sage Pullen McIntosh added, "Often they're very upset and so they will let us know why they've had to surrender the animal. They've had to move because they can't afford to live here, a loss of job, [or] they can't afford the health care for the animal."
Calgary Humane Society Emergency Adoption Event
July 8th to July 12th, 2015 at: 4455 110th AVE SE, Calgary, Alberta
Executive director Carrie Fritz urged the public in a July 8th, 2015 media release:
"While we do have emergency measures in place that will allow us to continuing operating and providing the best possible care for our animals, we are asking Calgarians who may be looking to adopt a pet to come and see us soon."
Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue on flickr / CC-by-2.0The Calgary Humane Society has reduced adoption fees:
- Cats (7 months of age and over) for a $25 donation
- Rabbits for a minimum $20 donation
- Dogs (7 months to 6 years of age) for $150 plus classes
- Dogs (7 years of age and older) for $75 plus classes
- Birds (Cockatiels) for $10
The hours of operation for Calgary's Humane Society as listed on their website:
Monday to Friday: 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Calgary Humane Society posts a wishlist of items urgently needed. It is continually updated and even people without pets could donate these: towels, flat sheets (highly needed), fleece, blankets, spray bottles (heavy-duty), X-pens, AAA batteries, and non-powdered examination gloves.
It's So Relaxing Coming Home to a Cat
The AARCS Emergency Cat Adoptions in Calgary
July 11th, 2015: 11 am - 2 pm at Safe Haven (Bay F, 3851 21 Street NE)
The AARCS is holding an Emergency Cat Adoption Event today (Saturday July 11th, 2015) and are also reducing (or waiving) their adoption fees:
animalcareservices on flickr / CC-by-2.0Kittens (under 6 months of age): $125
Cats (over 6 months of age): $25
Senior Cats and Long Term Residents: Fee Waived (FREE)
As an added bonus, there will be door prizes, FREE ice cream, information about volunteering and fostering, and same day adoptions.
The AARCS is also in need of (and greatly appreciates) donations of the following supplies: wet and dry kitten food, gastro medical food, cat litter, bleach, and paper towels.
Financial donations are put towards providing surgical and veterinary care to all of the animals at the society.
The hours of operation for the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) are Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm (except in special circumstances). For more information about their various divisions, donations, memberships, events, adoptions, forstering, spay and neuter assistance programs, and more visit AARCS | Contact.
Cats Make Great TV Watching or Reading Buddies
June Was Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month
Last month, I wrote about Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month. In it, I detailed all the costs associated with caring for a cat. I also address what kind of cat you should consider and included a video from Jackson Galaxy, host of the wildly popular TV show My Cat from Hell.
Jake Przespo on flickr / CC-by-2.0When I was researching the Adoptable Cats page on the AARCS website, I was delighted to see that they had categorized (pun intended) their felines by personality:
If you want a shy cat, you can see all of the shy ones available.
Any felines in the process of being adopted will have a notice which states "pending application" directly under their name on the photo.
Need a cat that is great with kids? No problem, check out all of the Kid Tested Kitties on their site.
If you have a dog and need a cat that will be okay with a dog, there is a whole page of Dog Friendly Felines to browse.
I was glad to see that there is some overlap of felines on several of these pages. You can, of course view all of the adoptable felines or narrow your search.
Other options include: gender (male or female), kittens (up to 6 months), young adult cats (6 months - 2 years), adult cats (2 - 9 years), seniors (9 years and older), solo cats (ones that do well as the only cat in their new home), bonded cat pairs, cat-loving cats, and special needs cats.
RSPCA Short Tails: Kitten Season
Published on November 16th, 2014 by RSPCA NSW
Wonder Why Spring/Summer are Nicknamed "Kitten Season"?
Rose Webster on Paw Mane Fin / All rights reservedI viewed several videos about this topic and felt that the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, New South Wales did an excellent job of explaining why shelters are overrun with cats this time of year.
I was astounded to learn that just two cats (who aren't spayed and neutered) along with their kittens could produce up to 20,000 cats in just two years.
The cost of spaying and neutering is clearly more cost-effective for communities than the mounting financial burden placed on shelters (bursting at the seams every summer) to house unwanted felines.
And fortunately, there are numerous low-cost and highly flexible payment programs available at every animal shelter or hospital I've researched.
Every veterinarian or veterinary assistant I've talked to knows where these procedures can be safely carried out for reduced fees. So don't be afraid or ashamed to ask. When I lost my job, I couldn't bare to part with my pets.
It's One of the Nicest Feelings to Find a Cat at Your Feet
Lastly, If You Haven't Already, Spay or Neuter Your Cat(s)
Rose Webster on Paw Mane Fin / All rights reserved
Jackson Galaxy does a fabulous job of explaining why you should still spay or neuter your cat and dog.
A sobering reminder I read on his video description states that according to Best Friends Animal Society:
"It costs over 1 billion dollars of taxpayers money to round up, house, euthanize and dispose of homeless animals yearly (many other sites state it is about 2 billion)."
In his short video, Jackson Galaxy addresses the most common concerns pet owners have about spaying and neutering, including: weight-gain issues, health risks, and safety of the surgery.
He also has an answer for those who "want their cat to have just one litter" or their kids to witness "the miracle of birth."