No shortage of cats and kittens around
Ten years ago, the NL West SPCA had a lot of dogs and puppies in its care.
Then the group decided it had to be proactive and any dogs adopted out would be spayed or neutered before they left the facility. Where puppies were too young for the procedure the group would follow up to ensure it was done later. That effort has worked. “Now we find that there’s a shortage of puppies and dogs coming around,” said NL West SPCA president Frances Drover.
The same can’t be said for cats.
In recent days, there’s been many posts to social media by rescues about the number of kittens coming into their care.
“Everybody right across Canada are inundated with kittens, totally inundated,” said Drover.
Drover said as a result rescues and SPCAs are fundraising to cover the costs of having the cats and kittens spayed or neutered.
Sometimes the SPCA will take kittens from people who have litters every four months and also offer to have their adult cat spayed.
The SPCA and rescues have also been pretty proactive with the trap-neuter-release of feral cats and not letting any be adopted unless they are spayed or neutered for about two to three years.
And with educating young people on what it means and how to be a responsible pet owner.
“Maybe if you call me in 10 years’ time I’ll be able to say it worked. But it is going to work somewhat. It may not work as fast as we want it to do and it may not work forever.”