The Lloydminster SPCA is looking for more people to adopt cats and kittens as their shelter reaches maximum capacity.
Executive Director Danika Bodnarchuk says while a decrease in adoptions is normal for this time of year, cats continue to come into the shelter and they are now out of space for new intakes.
“We have an isolation ward in our shelter as well as observation ward and the adoption floor. Every single kennel we have available to us is now, at the moment, full with cats. We do try and pair up cats wherever possible, but as far as extra kennel space we don’t have a single open kennel available to take in more cats.”
A total of 96 felines are currently in care at the shelter. Bodnarchuk adds with no spaces available, they won’t be able to take in any strays they may be found across the city this winter.
“We would be more than happy and would love to help them. We’re a team of animal lovers here, but when we don’t have the space it gives us some restrictions to what we’re able to take in. In hopes to be able to help more cats this season we do need to get some kitties out the doors and into their forever homes.”
Bodnarchuk says some cats on the adoption floor have yet to be neutered and have their shots, but if adopted the medical procedures will happen right away. Residents who are unable to take in a pet long-term can still foster one for a shorter period of time to help make space in the shelter.
“Even having a cat in a home environment as opposed to a shelter is beneficial for the cat’s mental and physical health. If anyone’s interested in having a short-term resident, all the costs are covered by us. They just need a home to stay in and someone to love them.”
With the increase in cats, the SPCA is also asking for more cat food donations. She thanks those who’ve already donated, but says the food runs out quickly with a shelter full of cats.
She reminds residents to call ahead if they are interested in adopting as the shelter has limited space to abide by the provincial health guidelines and masks are required while inside. Appointments can be made by calling 780-875-2809.