Fort Saskatchewan Municipal Enforcement will no longer be taking in found cats and kittens, at least for the next few days.
The city won’t be able to accept cats again until the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) manages to make more room to house the region’s lost and unwanted felines.
“Our ability to admit new animals, even for short durations, is dependent on the Edmonton Humane Society’s capacity to accept animals for longer term management,” said Fort Saskatchewan’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 EHS’s facility in Edmonton.
“We transport the cat over to the humane society and they have proper care through veterinarians and dedicated animal care specialists and an adoption program,” Ward said. “So hopefully those cats that are turned into us will find a good home."
Thanks to a large spring and summer influx of cats and kittens coming into care, EHS now has a backlog of pets waiting for adoption. Cats from Fort Saskatchewan and other outside agencies will be welcome again once some of the felines find new homes. EHS is taking steps to clear the backlog, including waiving its usual cat adoption fees. Qualifying potential pet owners are invited to visit EHS to “adopt by donation” until July 31.
Municipal enforcement expects the adoption backlog to clear in about a week. In the meantime, the department continues to remind residents to set their pets up with adequate ID.
"We really encourage pet owners to make sure that their pets are licensed. That's the easiest way for us to reunite the lost animal,” Ward added.