The Quebec City SPA is full of kittens
The refuges will soon overflow with kittens. The breeding season seems to have been later this year, so hatchlings arrive at the refuge along with the abandoned cats in the relocation period.
“Normally, the kittens are ready for adoption in May, the reproduction would take place in March. But here, the kittens begin to arrive in the shelters, with two months late. We have about 70, we have 20 in the building and 50 in foster care, “says the president of the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) of Quebec, Félix Tremblay.
Although he can not be sure, Mr. Tremblay associates this changing breeding season with the late arrival of spring.
“I spoke with other shelters and other SPAs, they tell me they live the same thing. Obviously, something special happened this year. Kittens arrive considerably later than in previous years. I do not have an explanation for that, I spoke to a biologist, he gave me hypotheses, but nobody is sure, “he adds.
“Normally, the kittens are ready for adoption in May, the reproduction would take place in March. But here, the kittens begin to arrive in the shelters, with two months late. We have about 70, we have 20 in building and 50 in foster care ”
– Félix Tremblay, President of the Quebec Society for the Protection of Animals
This period of birth therefore comes at the same time as the relocation period, which increases the number of animals in the shelters each year. Last week, the SPA also withdrew the costs of abandoning kittens and puppies, bringing an additional 10 felines to the cages.
“We could have cashed the wave of moves if we had already passed that of reproductions, there we have both at the same time. We are not very far from full capacity, we need people to adopt animals, and in a responsible way, “laments the president of the SPA.
Mr. Tremblay also recalls that too many people still see a cat as a “disposable animal”. The problem is that the masters do not consider it important to have their animal sterilized before adoption, so all litter kittens end up at the shelter.
Regarding the abandonment of animals during the moving period, Mr. Tremblay indicates that the numbers are about the same as last year. However, the advertising campaigns were numerous to raise awareness to keep their animals despite a change of housing.
However, even if the number of dropouts does not decrease, the way to get rid of an animal improves, according to Tremblay.
“Statistically, we did not see any difference. I have the impression that there are fewer irresponsible dropouts, like leaving cats in the street or in the home left empty at 30 degrees. We think that manners are slowly changing … Responsible behavior toward animals will settle quietly, “he concludes.