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Cats are a domesticated species that need human care to survive and stay healthy — especially during cold Canadian winters. But every year, the population of homeless cats grows, and more and more cats flow into already crowded animal shelters. It is estimated that less than half of cats admitted to shelters are adopted. The majority are euthanized. Many never make it to a shelter, and die painful deaths outside.
The homeless cat crisis affects nearly every community in Canada, urban and rural.
To learn more about the homeless cat crisis, what fuels it, and why it’s so hard to solve, click here.
Shelters in your neighborhood are overwhelmed with the number of cats in crisis – just like every other SPCA and humane society across the country. And, they need the CFHS’s help today, more than ever.
While our members deal with these issues in their local communities, they need the CFHS to work at the national level developing new and innovative programs to help them get more cats off the streets and into loving homes. That’s why, after months of months of ground-breaking and intense industry research, the CFHS’s Cat Overpopulation task force is preparing a comprehensive, multi-stakeholder report that includes practical, hands-on tools for our members across the country to use as they struggle to address their local homeless cat issue.
But, we can’t do it alone. YOU can help, as well.
The good news is that every Canadian can take action to save cats’ lives. To re-phrase an old anti-feline saying, there is more than one way to save a cat. Here are six:
Please forward it, post it online, print copies, and distribute or post them in public places to help raise awareness of the stray cat crisis and its solutions!
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Follow the link above for resources that cover topics like helping a new cat adapt to your household, understanding your cat’s scratching behaviour and keeping your cat safe and happy indoors.
Check out this page for resources on keeping cats happy and healthy in shelters, increasing adoptions, using volunteer fosterers to increase capacity, advocating for cat-friendly municipal by-laws, spay-neuter initiatives and more.
“Feral” means a cat who was born as a stray and has never been socialized to humans. Increasingly, caring people are learning how to help these vulnerable cats survive outside while also having them spayed or neutered, to halt the vicious cycle of overpopulation.