CHARLOTTETOWN — Overrun with cats, the P.E.I. Humane Society is temporarily halting taking the animals into its care for the next two weeks.
The province’s lone animal shelter will only take cats into its care during this time if it is an extreme emergency.
“Our first priority is protecting the health and well being of our entire cat population,” said acting shelter manager Cathy Kenny. “When the cat housing areas are full it is very easy for a small health issue to potentially become a larger one, particularly during this period of heat and humidity we have been experiencing.
“We need to create space in order to maintain a healthy environment for more cats. Which is why we’re asking anyone considering adding a new cat to their home to make that decision during this event, if they can.”
Due to a high number of cats in its care, the P.E.I. Humane Society is holding a special “The Boys Are Back in Town” adoption-by-donation event this week.
The event begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday and continues until 4 p.m. Saturday.
All male cats and kittens will be available for adoption-by-donation, with a suggested minimum donation of $25.
“Our cat population has increased dramatically at the shelter the past few weeks, which, unfortunately, is common for this time of year,” said the society’s adoption and intake counsellor, Erin Mullen. “We have reached full capacity for cats at the shelter which means we need to generate more adoptions. Right now we have a large population of male cats and kittens so this event will focus on getting those animals into new homes as quickly as possible.”
Adoption-by-donation fees will still include the shelter’s standard adoption practices of: spay/neuter surgery, up-to-date vaccinations, microchip identification and 30 days of complimentary pet health insurance.
Further fee reductions will be available to those individuals interested in adopting two cats during the event.