The P.E.I. Humane Society was closed to the general public on Saturday to provide employees time to course of a big influx of animals.
About 50 crying, mewling, barking animals arrived on the shelter within the final week. Most of the brand new arrivals had been stray cats and feral kittens, some beneath the age of 4 weeks, stated Ashley Travis, the society’s growth and communications co-ordinator.
“We’re seeing quite a bit of kittens with no mother, we’re seeing kittens which were present in barns, on the facet of the highway, in parking tons and they’re all coming right here,” she stated.
This massive quantity of cats coming in appears to be half of a rising pattern.
“Normally, we see about 200 to 250 kittens per 12 months up to now this 12 months, although after the final week’s value of intakes, we have hit 350,” Travis stated.
“It has sort of overwhelmed the crew.”
She stated employees took the day Saturday to course of some of the animals, checking their ages and doing paperwork to get them prepared for eventual adoption. Shelter employees had been nonetheless obtainable for emergencies regardless that the constructing was closed to the general public.
While there are quite a bit of new mouths to feed all of sudden, Travis stated employees is managing — and folks prepared to foster pets are serving to to deal with demand.
“Thankfully, we have had sufficient fosters able to go that we have been capable of deal with this consumption,” Travis stated, including the shelter nonetheless has tons of capability.
Feral and stray animals aren’t the one ones exhibiting up on the shelter. In current months, fairly a number of pets have been surrendered as a result of their homeowners could not discover pet-friendly locations to reside. CBC spoke with the humane society concerning the state of affairs in September, and Travis stated issues have not actually modified.
“The primary cause we’re seeing surrenders proper now could be as a result of of the housing disaster on P.E.I.,” she stated.
Many folks have reached out to the Humane Society asking how they will help, stated Travis. She stated the humane society has an inventory of provides it wants on its web site if folks wish to donate.