Things are getting crowded at the Edmonton Humane Society.
Summer is always busy at the shelter, as it’s what’s known as “kitten season” when most moms give birth to their litters.
“A mom cat can come in and have a litter of 10 kittens,” Mandy Crawford, Acting Director of Animal Health said. “If we have three of those mom cats come in in one day, that’s 30 cats we’ve had come in in one day.”
The shelter can comfortably house about 200 cats, right now they have over 400.
“We’ve been inundated with more cats coming in than we have getting adopted out,” said Crawford. “So, over the course of three months, the excess has piled on top of each other and we are completely 100 per cent full.”
Crawford says they can’t accept any more surrenders, and many of the animals that are surrendered don’t even need to be brought to the shelter.
“Eighty-five per cent of cats actually find their own way home. A healthy stray cat doesn’t need to be picked up and brought into the shelter, it’s actually doing this cat a disservice; they will probably find their way home. If it’s healthy they will find their own way home.”
You can see bios and photos of adoptable animals at the shelter’s website. They are open seven days a week for anyone who would like to come in and adopt an animal. (kb)