Fort Saskatchewan Municipal Enforcement is once again taking in lost and stray cats for overnight stays.
Municipal enforcement suspended its cat and kitten intake on July 17 after an adoption backlog at the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) left enforcement staff with nowhere to take unclaimed felines.
The humane society recently announced that with the list of cats waiting for adoption now cleared, they once again have room for cats from outside agencies including Fort Saskatchewan.
"It was an unfortunate circumstance but I'm pleased that they've cleared the backlog," said the city’s director of protective services, Brad Ward.
Fort Saskatchewan’s protective services building acts as the city’s temporary home to lost and stray cats and dogs 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, licensing information or the city's animal control Facebook page. When animals can’t be reunited with their families, they are moved to the humane society's facility in Edmonton.
“Municipal enforcement will continue working closely with EHS to ensure all our shelter animals receive the best care,” Ward said.
The humane society waived normal adoption fees during July in an effort to find new owners for its long list of homeless cats.
Municipal enforcement continues to remind residents to have their cats licensed and to keep them indoors. Cats must be on leash if taken outside.