The City is facing a rather furry problem, and they need Calgary residents’ help to fix it.
Long story short, they’ve got too many cats on their hands.
According to a release from the City, a total of 209 stray or lost cats and kittens were impounded from Calgary streets this June, which is nearly double that of last June, when they impounded 107.
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The maximum capacity at the City’s facility is only 90 cats, which means that these felines are in serious need of homes.
“Animal services has had to re-arrange rooms and cages in the shelter to accommodate all of these cats,” said Patti Smadis, Animal Services Customer Service Representative, in the release.
“We do not euthanize animals for space, but we want to get these little creatures adopted out as soon as possible. Living at the shelter is stressful for cats and living in overcrowded conditions really amplifies that stress.”
To incense prospective cat-owners, the City is offering 50% off the cost of adoption, bringing the usual $160 bill down to $80.
The adoption fee includes spaying, neutering, vaccination, deworming, licensing, and microchipping, and all cats adopted during the flash adoption will be given a one-year license instead of the usual six-month license.
Owners will also receive a bag of food, the medical history of the animal, and a six-week trial run for pet insurance.
The flash adoption will be running from now until July 15, and you can check out available cats at the City of Calgary’s website.
Any owners who have lost their cat are encouraged to call 3-1-1 to report them missing, as well as take a visit to the City’s website to see photos of the cats that they have at the facility. The website updates every 15 minutes, according to the release.