Innovation centre saves 448 cats
Valerie Burke Markham Ward 1 Councillor
Markham’s Cat Adoption and Education Centre (CAEC) was established in the Thornhill community in 2016 with the goal of reducing Markham’s cat euthanasia rate, improving animal services to our residents and providing education about responsible pet care and living harmoniously with wildlife.
A review of the CAEC was presented recently to Markham City Council, and the results are impressive! This innovative project has significantly reduced the cat euthanasia rate and surpassed its adoption goal in finding forever homes for a total of 448 cats.
The CAEC also promotes kindness and compassion toward animals by providing joint initiatives with community programs, such as volunteer opportunities for seniors, students, veterinary technician internships and so much more. The children’s reading therapy program has been especially popular. Children have improved their reading skills while enjoying the time they spend reading to the cats in a relaxed and calm atmosphere. The cats do not judge the children’s reading ability and also enjoy their company.
The CAEC also hosts information sessions and events regarding domestic animals and wildlife in collaboration with York Regional Police Canine Unit, the OSPCA, Shades of Hope, Speaking of Wildlife and various city departments.
Special thanks goes to the volunteers with Markham’s Animal Care Committee, who have worked tirelessly to raise funds and have donated a total of $32,500 toward the centre.