Every day there are calls coming into Shaid about stray cats and owned cats needing to be re-homed. There are so many cats/kittens homeless it is heartbreaking. Shaid is almost always FULL, when we have adoptions and a few spots becomes available we then pull out a lengthy waiting list for cats/kittens. There are many times we simply do not have any room left, sad but true.
Many people are very understanding; some are frustrated because they want to do the right thing, help a homeless, innocent cat/kitten that just appeared in their yard. This time of year every Shelter is overwhelmed with cats/kittens. So how can we change what appears to be a never ending task! It seems simple, just SPAY and NEUTER…. but is it that simple?
We all know it is a big expense to spay and neuter. It is a pet owner’s responsibility to provide shelter, care, and love. Providing care would seem to include spaying and neutering. Having sat with homeless cats birthing, it does not appear to be fun for them at all, nor is it fair to them or their kittens to be homeless.
If you have a pet that is old enough to be spayed or neutered and just haven’t gotten around to it yet, please make it a priority to do so….. There really are too many homeless animals now……
So how does a cat or innocent little kitten become homeless? It is quite easy to understand how this happens; there are many stray or feral cats that just continue to have kittens several times a year. And yes many owned cats as well…. One cat can have many, many kittens in her lifetime if left unaltered. Consider this; when a cat is having her second litter of kittens, her first kittens are almost old enough to have kittens themselves.
This cycle is ongoing and never-ending unless we all do our best to help control it.
Shaid ONLY adopts pets that have been spayed, neutered and vaccinated. We also dewormed and treat for fleas if needed. Cats are also tested negative for feline leukemia. Not only do you have the wonderful feeling of rescuing a pet from a shelter when you adopt from Shaid, you have big savings on Veterinary bills. Shaid is a caring, wonderful, non-profit organization that continues to provide care, shelter, vet care and love to so many homeless animals.
The day this article was written Shaid had 8 Dogs and 55+ Cats/Kittens. Shaid also has 1 long-term dog in a foster home, 3 senior cats with special needs in foster homes and a Mom with 4 kittens in a foster home.
We currently have several cats at the Shelter since 2011that would love to have a forever home…….
Fran, a sweet 6 year old female. Fran needs a soft food diet due to dental surgery. Fran has been at Shaid since February 2011.
Diva, a 3 year old female. Diva can be a bit stand offish at times but once she is able to have a larger space she is sure to become a very nice companion, she has been at Shaid since August 2011.
With 55+ cats and 8 kittens available for adoption there is sure to be one that is perfect for your family. We welcome everyone to visit Shaid, we are open daily from 11am – 3pm. Our website is www.shaid.ca you can also follow us on Facebook, just search S.H.A.I.D. Tree Animal Shelter and click LIKE!