Thursday, May 20, 2010

Seasonal flood of stray cats begins at Ottawa Humane Society

OTTAWA, Ont. (20 May, 2010) — Spring has sprung at the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) and that means the seasonal flood of cats has begun.

Since the start of May, more than 340 lost and surrendered cats have come through the doors of the OHS. On Tuesday of this week alone, 34 cats arrived — 15 adults and 19 kittens. The crunch left OHS staff scrambling, as cats in carriers lined hallways until suitable cage space could be found.

The deluge of felines will continue now that the warm weather is here for good. Sunnier days coincide with kitten season, and the inevitable litters of orphaned kittens and pregnant cats will continue unabated until winter arrives.

While the OHS keeps all adoptable cats until they find new homes, the cost of caring for the animals is significant and extended wait times lead to increased stress on the animals, making them more vulnerable to illness.

“The influx of cats definitely creates a critical bottleneck situation,” says OHS Director of Operations, Sharon Miko. “Cats simply do not fare well in our cramped shelter, and with more and more cats arriving every day, we need to increase our adoption efforts in order to keep animals healthy.”

There are many cats currently in need of a new home, including some who have been waiting a long time. Tempest is a three-year-old male cat who has been at the OHS since the end of January. This sweet boy has unfortunately developed a sensitive stomach from the stress of being in the shelter for so long. Some special dietary needs will need to be met, but Tempest will reward his new owners with lots of head butts and kisses in return!

Tempest is a three-year-old cat who has been searching for a new home since January.

There is currently a great selection of cats available for adoption, including many kittens and young cats. For more information, visit www.ottawahumane.ca, or call the OHS Adoption Centre at 613-725-3166 ext. 258.

For media enquiries, contact:
Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
613-725-3166 ext. 261

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