© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
One of about 50 cats currently being housed at the Prince Albert SPCA is seen earlier this month.
With their move into a brand new facility about two months away, felines at the Prince Albert SPCA remain at risk of contracting upper respiratory infections.
“If they stay here for a long period of time, then they develop upper respiratory infections, and it’s not very good,” staff member Jared Epp said.
The current building has virtually no air exchange system for their feline guests during the winter months, meaning that if the area is over-crowded during this time they risk contracting related illnesses.
Last year the SPCA had to euthanize between 20 and 25 cats due to related medical problems.
Although cat adoptions have been steady around the Christmas season, the cat area has remained at capacity for about two weeks.
The SPCA stopped taking in new cats on Dec. 20, at which time people were asked to temporarily house any strays that they find until spaces have opened.
As such, Epp said that even though a number of cats have been adopted, their spots have been re-filled by previously found strays that were on hold elsewhere.
If they stay here for a long period of time, then they develop upper respiratory infections, and it’s not very good Jared Epp
The SPCA is still unable to take in new cats, Epp said.
“Dogs with the moment, we’re pretty full,” he said. “Dog adoptions are always steady, so it’s not something we really have to worry about. We do have access to rescue groups, so if they want to give us a hand if we do get to 100 per cent, then that would be excellent.”
While dogs can flush out their respiratory systems during outdoor jaunts in the field, cats are kept in kennels all day long, Epp said, putting them most at risk.
To view pets available for adoption, visit the Prince Albert SPCA website online at www.princealbertspca.com, or stop by the facility at 680 Exhibition Drive.