No shortage of cats and kit­tens around

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - BY DIANE CROCKER [email protected]­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_DianeCrock­er

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.”

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