Kitten season hits the SPCA hard

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Overloaded with cats, the Prince Albert SPCA has been forced to cap its limit at 50 and stop accepting any more.  

Prince Albert SPCA employee Lacey Regnier is seen handling some of the 50 cats that have brought the facility to capacity. 

Overloaded with cats, the Prince Albert SPCA has been forced to cap its limit at 50 and stop accepting any more.  

The underlying problem that created this situation is the same one that comes up constantly, SPCA manager Debbie Lehner said.

“Spay and neuter your pets!” she said with strong emphasis. “We wouldn’t have to be here if people spayed and neutered their pets!

Of the 50 cats overloading the SPCA, 30 are kittens under the age of six months.

“Every fall and spring there’s this pattern – a time of year we call kitten season,” Lehner said, noting that cats tend to breed twice per year.

This time last year, the SPCA opted to overload their facility by accepting a total of 80 cats.

With 80 cats overflowing their facility, the felines were overcrowded, with cats getting stressed out and developing upper respiratory problems as a result.  

“Not again,” Lehner said. “We can’t risk that again.”

Now with 50 cats — a more appropriate limit — Lehner said that the current goal is to get them out of the facility and into loving homes as soon as possible.

Every one of these pets have an owner and it is very sad to have these pets here instead of in their homes. Debbie Lehner, Prince Albert SPCA manager

With euthanasia not an option with perfectly healthy animals, they’ve had to stop accepting any more cats until spaces have freed up, posing potential problems should stray cats be discovered in the meantime.

“I’ve phoned 10 rescue organizations between Saskatchewan and Albert to see if any of them can take any (of the cats),” Lehner said.

Unfortunately, with all rescue organizations currently in the midst of kitten season, she’s not holding her breath.

“Every one of these pets have an owner and it is very sad to have these pets here instead of in their homes,” Lehner said.

Those interested in adopting cats are encouraged to view the SPCA pets at www.princealbertspca.com or call the shelter at 763-6110. 

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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