The adoption of cats at the Society for the Protection of Animals of Quebec (SPA) is overflowing for the first time in two years.
Since the start of the pandemic, the attraction for pets has always been strong due in particular to isolation, but the SPA de Québec is experiencing a new reality as demand is running out of steam.
Currently, the cages are all occupied and the organization is actively looking for families ready to welcome an animal. Fortunately, the number of animal abandonments is not higher than usual.
” We did not expect that. We have 26 cat adoption cages. There is at least one cat in each cage and sometimes more, when it comes to kittens. It hadn’t happened to us since the start of COVID, ”explains Félix Tremblay, general manager of the SPA de Québec.
In addition, yesterday alone, 17 cats were surgically sterilized to prepare them for adoption.
“We will not be able to place them because the adoption is overflowing. This is why we invite people to come and adopt an animal in the coming days. If it’s a thoughtful and responsible choice,” adds Mr. Tremblay.
As soon as a cat is adopted, another will immediately take its place and the adopters will thus contribute to saving two lives, specifies the organization.
The SPA wants to say that this overcrowding does not lead to euthanasia. Cats that cannot go down for adoption are placed on hold in a “pre-adoption” room that is not accessible to the public.
The simple fact of publicizing this problem should also help to find some families quickly. The SPA wants to prevent the situation from continuing for weeks or months.
The costs for adopting a cat are around 300 dollars, a low amount considering the care received, which is more expensive in veterinary clinics.
Moreover, the labor shortage is affecting the shelter like many other sectors.
This new overflow comes as the SPA seeks to fill certain key positions in the organization, in particular animal health technician positions. The inability to fill certain positions affects the proper functioning of the shelter.
Unlike restaurants and hoteliers, the SPA cannot limit the number of “customers” who show up.
“Animal health technicians are extremely important employees at the shelter. Without them, veterinarians slow down, animals receive less care, veterinary exams take longer,” adds Félix Tremblay.
About 2500 animals find a family thanks to the SPA each year.