Nine adult cats and 11 kittens were found at the back of the OSPCA building on Notre Dame Avenue this morning, according to a news release. Already overwhelmed with cats, the OSPCA turned them over to the care of shelter staff.
“According to our records, these 20 cats brings the total of cats accepted by the shelter this month alone to 137 which breaks the previous record of 117 cats in a single month (set just this July) and August is not even half over,” Richard Paquette said. “Here we have a situation where someone was in the possession of nine unfixed adult cats which produced three batches of kittens. This household has probably been responsible for countless others over the preceding months.
“Without access to affordable spay/neuter services, this scenario repeats itself over and over again all across the city — two cats become six and six can become 20 in a matter of months. It is clear that the current strategy is not working.”
City council needs to get serious about cat overpopulation and establish a spay/neuter clinic in Sudbury as soon as possible, he said.
The shelter will hold its monthly adopt-a-thon Saturday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 411 St. Agnes St. West in Azilda.
It is imperative that the community step forward and save some of these animals, Paquette said. Adoption fees are $130 for cats that need to be fixed, cats already spayed or neutered will be adopted at no charge. Residents only need to purchase a municipal licence.
Residents who are interested in adopting a pet or those who would like a tour of the animal shelter are welcome to attend the adopt-a-thon and enjoy a complimentary barbecue and refreshments.
If anyone knows who may have been responsible for these animals, or would like more information on adopting, please call 705-673-3647(DOGS). All information reported to Animal Control is kept strictly confidential.