In­no­va­tion cen­tre saves 448 cats

Va­lerie Burke Markham Ward 1 Coun­cil­lor

Thornhill Post - - News -

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.

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