50 Lucky Saskatchewan Cats Get Relocated To The West Coast July 06 2017
The Prince Albert, SPCA is solving an overcapacity issue by transporting 50 cats to the cat-loving island of Victoria, B.C.
Not only is Victoria an island full of cat lovers, but there is also a shortage of adoptable kitties available in shelters. Meanwhile, in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, there are hundreds of them waiting to be adopted and the SPCA is running out of space due to overpopulation.
Liana Maloney, who manages the Prince Albert SPCA, told CBC they currently have 137 cats at the shelter who are waiting for their furever homes.
"That's up 58 per cent from last year so it's a lot of kittens and cats on board and we are a no-kill shelter so our capacity has been reached," Maloney explained on CBC Radio's Morning Edition last Monday.
"We want to reach out to some shelters that are also no-kill and want to help us out with getting some homes for these great little guys."
Liana, stated Prince Albert is over populated with cats because they aren’t being spayed and neutered by their owners, whether they are indoor or outdoor cats. She said that a lot of low-income families cannot afford to 'fix' their pets and often don't realize the importance of the procedure. However, the SCPA will help to cover the costs.
An un-spayed female goes into 'heat' more often than most owners realize.
Info retrieved from vcahospitals.com states: Each heat generally lasts several days - it can be as short as 1 day or as long as 7 days. If the queen is not mated during estrus, she will "go out of heat" for a short period of time, usually 1-2 weeks. Thus, the average complete estrus cycle of a cat is 1-3 weeks.
Dr. Cheryl Yuill, DVM, MSc, CVH writes "Cats are 'seasonally polyestrus', which means that they have multiple estrus cycles during the breeding season. The breeding season for cats will vary according to geographic and environmental factors such as temperature and the number of daylight hours. In the Northern Hemisphere, female cats usually cycle from January until the late fall. Cats that live in more tropical regions or that mainly live indoors may cycle all year round."
Year round? This was news to us!
This further reiterates the importance of having both female and male cats 'fixed', and not just outdoor ones!
Your indoor kitty can accidentally escape for a brief moment of time and get impregnated, or your male could impregnate a female cat without you even knowing.
SPCA's Maloney, says “We really need people to understand that it’s a simple operation and, you know, we can help you with the funding if you need it and it’s very, very vital to get it done."
The SPCA spent $1,800 in travel costs alone to send the 50 cats to Victoria. After neutering and vaccinating, the total expenditure came to $3,000.
Maloney said the SPCA teamed up with the Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders on Vancouver Island, which had organized the rehoming of these cats.
According to Maloney, the "cat shortage" in Victoria is due to the city's proactive spay and neuter program which has been extremely effective in keeping cat populations from getting out of control.
This is not the first time the organization has offered to help with Prince Albert's overpopulation of cats. In the last year, the Prince Albert SPCA has sent dozens of cats to the Greater Victoria Animal Crusader. The last shipment of 70 cats were adopted in less than 2 days!
"There was a two-hour waiting list for them when they got there and they all got adopted within 48 hours. So we're hoping for another happy ending," said Maloney about the new shipment of 50 cats this past week.
Speaking about the Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders, she said “They like us, they’re all about finding good homes so they’re embracing it, and taking them all, and they’re just really great to work with."
Several of the cats that have been moved to Victoria this past week came from citizen drop-offs, abusive homes, and others were removed from a sad hoarding situation. Being that the Prince Albert SCPA is a no-kill shelter, they take in all kinds of cats and will not put them down unless they are seriously ill and cannot be helped.
One of the cats being shipped to Victoria is Pringles.
Pringles spent 119 days in the Prince Albert SPCA. When he was originally taken in he was completely matted, suffered from an eye infection and was in "pretty rough shape," according to Maloney.
After a haircut and some much needed medical attention, Maloney said the black cat's condition really improved. "[He's] just a really sweet little cat. And very social too. Hopefully he's going to find his new home out there and enjoy the island weather."
Thanks to these and other organizations, many cats like Pringles will eventually find the furever homes they truly deserve. <3