The adoption of cats by the Society for the Protection of Animals of Quebec (SPA) is on the rise for the first time in two years.
Since the onset of the epidemic, the attraction to pets has always been strong, especially in isolation, but SPA de Quebec is experiencing a new reality as demand is dwindling.
Currently, all the cages are occupied and the company is actively looking for families who are ready to welcome the animal. Fortunately, the number of animals abandoned did not exceed normal.
“We did not expect that. We have 26 cat adoption cases. When it comes to cats, there is at least one cat in each cage and sometimes more. This has not happened to us since the beginning of COVID,” explained Felix Tremble, general manager of SPA de Quebec.
In addition, 17 cats underwent surgery yesterday to prepare for adoption.
“We can not keep them because adoption is high. That is why we invite people to adopt the animal in the coming days. If it is a thoughtful and responsible choice,” Mr. Tremble adds.
As soon as the cat is adopted, another will come in its place and the adoptee will help save two lives, the company said.
The SPA wants to say that this extreme congestion did not lead to ease. Cats that cannot be adopted are kept in a “pre-adoption” room that is not accessible to the public.
The simple fact that this issue is publicized also helps to find some families quickly. The SPA wants to prevent the situation from lasting for weeks or months.
The cost of adopting a cat is about $ 300, a small amount considering the care received, which is very expensive in veterinary clinics.
In addition, labor shortages are affecting shelters as much as many other sectors.
This new overflow comes as SPA seeks to fill some key positions in the organization, especially the positions of animal health technicians. The inability to fill certain positions affects the proper functioning of the shelter.
Unlike restaurants and hotels, the SPA does not limit the number of visible “customers”.
“Animal health technicians are very important employees in the shelter. Without them, veterinarians would slow down, animals would receive less care, and veterinary examinations would take longer,” Felix Tremble added.
Every year about 2500 animals find a family thanks to the SPA.