Wandering cats looking for a place to spend the night still won’t find it with the City of Fort Saskatchewan.
The city suspended its cat intake program on July 17. Municipal enforcement supervisor Matt Lowther said the situation remains the same for now.
"We're unsure as to the timeline when we'll be able to accept cats. We are still accepting dogs."
Fort Saskatchewan’s protective services building acts as the city’s temporary shelter to lost animals picked up by officers or brought in by residents. The building is set up to house animals for only short lengths of time while their owners are tracked down using tattoos, microchips or licensing information. Dogs and cats that can’t be reunited with their families are moved to Edmonton Human Society’s (EHS) facility in Edmonton.
The city won’t be taking in any lost or stray felines until the EHS finds new homes for a long waiting list of unwanted cats. To help clear the backlog, EHS has waived its usual adoption fees, asking qualified potential pet owners to instead donate whatever amount they can.
"We really encourage people to do that,” Lowther said. “That's going to first off provide a wonderful home for cats and kittens and secondly it's going to free up space so that when we do have animals that are turned in that we'll have a place to take them so that they can be properly looked after and properly managed."
Although its doors are closed to overnight stays, the city continues to help animals find their rightful owners.
"One of the things that we are still doing is if you have a cat, you can bring it here. We can scan the animal for a microchip. And we can also check for tattoos in the ears of the animal," Lowther said.
"And we have been able to reunite a few cats with their owners because people did have their animals microchipped, tattooed or licensed.”