Adoption blitz aims to depopulate the SPCA

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Perplexed by certain area pet owners, Leanne Roberts throws her hands in the air in a combination of frustration and confusion.

 

“Spay and neuter your pets -- I think that’s the main message we need to get out there,” the Prince Albert SPCA’s director of operations summarized -- a message they repeat to the point of exhaustion.

At 49 dogs, the Prince Albert SPCA’s brand new facility on North Industrial Drive is nearing its 50-dog capacity.

In hopes of paring down their ranks, the Prince Albert SPCA is offering a 20 per cent reduction in adoption fees for all puppies and mature dogs until Friday, Aug. 22.

The organization currently has 69 cats at the facility.

Although shy of their 90-cat capacity, 90 is pushing it, Roberts said, noting that 69 cats approaches their maximum comfort level.

The Prince Albert SPCA has been in contact with five different rescue groups to take on some of their animals, however they’ve yet to find any luck.

“Unfortunately, there are so many stray dogs in the province of Saskatchewan and only so many foster homes and rescue groups,” Roberts said.

The Prince Albert SPCA moved into their new facility at North Industrial Drive about two months ago and quickly found its merits.

Spay and neuter your pets -- I think that’s the main message we need to get out there. Leanne Roberts

By July 24 they counted 33 dogs and 62 cats, which would have put them at over-capacity in their old facility at Exhibition Drive (29 dogs and 50 cats).

“Everything’s in ebbs and flows,” Roberts said, noting that while it’s difficult to figure out why there are so many stray pets at the moment.

Bylaw’s been taking in more animals than usual in recent days, she said, surmising that people are enjoying their gardens in the recent warm weather and don’t want stray animals in their yards.

“Where are all these animals coming from? They have to have owners somewhere. I know we keep saying it, but I don’t get it.”

All pets up for adoption at the Prince Albert SPCA are vaccinated and micro-chipped, with most of them (all cats over six months of age) spayed or neutered.

Those interested in adoption can view pets online at www.princelabertspca.com or to call the shelter at 306-763-6110.

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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