The Lloydminster and District SPCA finished it’s Cat Bonanza event with about 12 cats adopted. This Colonial Days weekend saw cat adoption prices reduced to $25 to help find a backlog of cats their forever home.
The adoption event comes at the end of a good week for the shelter. Twenty-five adoptions for cats and dogs were made from the local SPCA. Becca Lawrence, community outreach manager at the Lloydminster and District SPCA, says the shelter’s numbers show cat populations are a constant problem for the shelter.
“Cats are always our biggest issue for sure. Even with reclaim rates, dogs are at least 80 per cent more likely to get reclaimed, and cats are [at] about 7 per cent,” says Lawrence.
Lawrence affirms that the SPCA continued to follow the adoption procedure and ensure that all cats adopted from the event went to the right homes. All 18 cats made available were spayed or neutered, microchipped and all vaccinations are up-to-date. The spring season usually sees a higher amount of cats and kittens come into the shelter in need of a home.
Lawrence says that right now many cats are still in the shelter, estimated into the fifties. The shelter will likely see those spots made vacant filled up again soon. While the dozen adopted makes a small dent in the shelter’s cat population, Lawrence is pleased some were able to find their new homes.
“It feels really good. Not only are we a little bit less full, but some of those cats were our longest residents, and they finally have gone home.”
Anyone looking to adopt new animals can check with the SPCA to see which ones are available.