For Immediate Release
Provincial experts gather to help cats!
September 20, 2013 (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) – Unwanted litters of kittens being dumped at animal shelters are a stark reminder that cats need our help now more than ever. The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) is in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan this week to seek community based solutions to cat overpopulation at a meeting jointly hosted by the Saskatchewan SPCA and the Saskatoon SPCA. Experts will be presenting essential research on cat welfare and other important issues at the Saskatchewan SPCA’s annual Animal Welfare Conference at the Saskatoon Travelodge Hotel until the end of the week.
The CFHS launched a ground breaking multi-stakeholder report titled “Cats in Canada” late last year to draw national attention to the plight cats face across the country. “The report identified that the Canadian animal sheltering system is at, or dangerously over, capacity to care for the cats that arrive at their doors. Cats are twice as likely as dogs to end up abandoned at a shelter or rescue,” says Barbara Cartwright, CEO of the CFHS.
“Our staff is busy working to find homes for all of the cats and kittens in our shelter. Cat overpopulation is the result of unwanted litters produced by animals that haven’t been spayed or neutered,” says Tiffiny Koback, Shelter Director of the Saskatoon SPCA.
“We need to reduce the number of unwanted cats, get more lost cats back home and to increase the number of homes willing to adopt!” says Lisa Koch, Executive Director of the Regina Humane Society.
“Spaying and neutering is the only humane solution to address the overpopulation crisis, which impacts every animal shelter in the province” says Frances Wach, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan SPCA.
Currently less than 20% of the cats surrendered to shelters are spayed and neutered. Canadians are more likely to acquire a “free” cat from a friend, relative, as a give-away, from their pet’s offspring or take in a stray than they are to adopt from a humane society, SPCA or a rescue group. Currently only 44% of cats in shelters are adopted out.
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) is a national organization representing humane societies and SPCAs in Canada. Founded in 1957, the CFHS works toward positive, progressive change to end animal cruelty, improve animal protection and promote the humane treatment of all animals.
The Saskatoon SPCA has been providing a safe shelter and finding happy homes for companion animals in Saskatoon and surrounding area since 1968.
The Regina Humane Society has passionately encouraged responsible pet ownership and humane policies, legislation, and progressive animal welfare programs since 1964.
The Saskatchewan SPCA provides leadership in creating public understanding of animal welfare.
To read the Cats in Canada report visit www.cfhs.ca.
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Kim Elmslie, Communications Manager, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, 613-224-8072, 1-888-678-2347 ex. 12, firstname.lastname@example.org.