SPCA alert: moving day leaves loving animals homeless
The large golden retriever lies near the reception counter peacefully, paws daintily crossed, looking as if all is well with his world. Any dog-person would recognize at first sniff that he was a person-dog, someone’s well loved pet. An excited voice is heard saying the dog, who had been picked up as a stray, may be a dog he recognizes as “Octavio.”
The employees and volunteers are harried,more than usual. Despite pleas by humane societies for people not to abandon their pets, there is a sharp increase in the number of animals shelters receive. In general, one worker says, dogs do get adopted “fairly quickly, but we are overwhelmed with cats. People are calling us because they’re finding cats in the closets of their new apartments.”
There are approximately 1.6 million stray cats in Quebec. According to the Montreal SPCA, one unsterilized cat can result in 420,000 kittens in seven years. Between now and the end of August shelter workers are bracing themselves for a steady stream of unwanted dogs, cats, gerbils, rabbits,mice, parakeets, doves and the occasional turtle.
This sentiment was echoed by Cindy Hache, a longtime volunteer at the SPCA Monteregie, a no-kill animal shelter. In a radio interview, she suggested that though most pet owners would be shocked, euthanasia performed by a veterinarian may be more humane than abandoning an animal in the streets, because “they can walk a long time” exhausted, hungry and terrified.
For more information on adopting or fostering a pet, call any of these animal shelters:
Montreal SPCA 514-735-2711
SPCA Monteregie 514-386-5960
Animal Rescue Network 514-938-6215
Rosie’s Animal Adoption 514-217-3647
Les Chamours 514-626-6049