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2011-08-25 at 15:58

Humane Society has too many cats

By Jodi Lundmark,
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A local animal shelter can’t take in any more cats.

The Thunder Bay and District Humane Society has 91 cats under its roof; it’s capacity is 60.

Executive director Maryann Kleynendorst said they have cats living in rooms that aren’t meant to be cat rooms and although the animals are safe, they aren’t happy. Many have been there for more than six months, some for years.

"They shouldn’t be here for this long," she said. "It’s safe here and we’re kind to them but there is only so much we can do as far as interacting with them and playing with them."

The Humane Society took in 75 cats recently from a hoarding situation, none of them were spayed or neutered and some of them are pregnant. Kleynendorst said while they had 91 cats as of Thursday morning, they could have another 15 by the end of the day.

Puppies and small dogs are adopted quickly, but cats just aren’t moving. Kleynendorst said she doesn’t know why.

"For some reason, people don’t want to adopt adult cats," she said. "To me, they are beautiful companion animals for seniors or shut-ins. They’re not that much care …a lot of these cats just want to go and sit on someone’s lap and watch television with them."

A normal adoption fee for a cat is $225; people get $100 back when they can show the cat has been spayed or neutered. To encourage people to adopt a cat, the Humane Society is waiving the adoption fee until Sept. 30 and only charging the $100 spay or neuter deposit.

And many of the adult cats have already been spayed or neutered.

"In the best interest of these animals, we will forgo the fee to get them into good homes," said Kleynendorst, adding the organization is in the preliminary stages of developing a low-cost spay and neuter program for low-income families.

"It would take some will on the part of the community," she said, adding they need to develop partnerships with veterinary clinics and social service programs throughout the city to make it happen.

Although the Rosslyn Road facility is in a state of cat gridlock, Kleynendorst said they won’t turn away a cat in an emergency situation. However, they are asking people to wait and hold onto the animals until they can make room for them at the Human Society.

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pug says:
Please people--get your cat spayed or neutered. So many people allow their cat to breed saying they will find homes for the kittens but every new cat born means another one already living won't find a home.

If you love your animal, please take care of it.

Also, if you can't afford to have your pet spayed or neutered, don't get one!!! It's great to have a low-cost spay/neuter program but where is the individual responsibility?
8/25/2011 4:32:06 PM
Wattif says:
Another case of dump them on someone else. People - these are lives, feelings, needy animals and YOU have to take care of them. The Humane Society breaks their backs litteraly to accommodate and help but grow up already. Help them and make a GENEROUS Donation to Help them, Volunteer .. Where is this GIANT HEART the city and Area was once known for? Please Give your Pop / Beer cans and Spirits bottles to the Pop Cans for Charity Bins these people support the Humane Society also. HELP is needed .. GIVE IT PLEASE.
8/25/2011 4:58:58 PM
animal lover says:
A low cost spay/neuter program would benefit me as I have taken in 9 rescues in the last 4 years, having had two of my own already.
Finding homes for four of them helped but still leaves me with too many and reduced cost would help out the people who rescue.
8/25/2011 5:25:53 PM
The Wolf says:
I love animals and am a cat person but there is one simple solution to this dilemma but unfortunately people love animals to the point where their love actually is poutting them at risk.

Any animal at the shelter over a certain time period should be euthanized if (please note I said "if") the shelter is over capacity. If those animals their for an extended time can not find homes when numbers are down what makes you think they are going to find homes when the numbers are up?
8/25/2011 5:29:11 PM
citizenreporter says:
I'm currently waiting to bring in a cat that was left at my house. She is not fixed and the owner refuses to pay to get it done. I'm going to try and get it done. This cat was abandoned at my house, what am I to do? I already have pets and although she really is sweet and hardly noticeable, I can't keep her. I have tried kijiji and facebook to find her a home. Only to be insulted and accused of being a bad pet owner by internet surfers calling themselves "animal activists". All my other pets are fixed and have been for years. This cat deserves a home, as do all 91 cats at the Humane society. Why should these animals suffer because of irresponsible humans. Take advantage of the waived adoption fee and give some cute furry friend a place in your home.
8/25/2011 6:08:40 PM
jest4fun says:
There are 51 listings on Kijiji in Thunder Bay in the Cats category... 44 of them are ads to give away a cat or kittens... give away... as in FREE. The Humane Society charges $225... no wonder they have an overabundance of cats. Sure they are waiving the adoption fee... NOW... because of the overly populated cat rooms. If the adoption fee wasn't so steep maybe they wouldn't be in this situation.
8/25/2011 6:46:20 PM
SadieGirl says:
It breaks my heart to think that the precious animals aren't finding loving homes. I agree with pug - if you can't afford one, don't get one. But if you can, imagine how much love and affection your little companion can bring you.

I'm glad that places like Kitty Kare are opening up! Hopefully it helps the situation, and maybe they'll be able to find more of them homes!

(And I would go adopt one myself, if I didn't already have two)
8/25/2011 7:31:27 PM
tsb says:
I had my cat neutered for only $120 dollars. This is not too out-of-reach for low income people (I am a low income individual) and the vet can help you with a payment plan if you can't afford this much at one time.

Shop around. If you ask for help, you will find it.
8/25/2011 9:19:26 PM
dying2know says:
Good job to the Thunder Bay animal shelter for trying their best to accomodate so many creatures. Thunder Bay cat families ought to be ashamed that they have allowed so many kitty cats on the loose. These cats don't have jobs to get to people, lets keep them indoors so we know they will stay safe from diseased animals or people that don't like them and especially from other cats in heat!! We do not need more homeless cats in this town.
8/25/2011 11:17:30 PM
TBDR says:
note... the HS is not the TB Animal Shelter. The "Shelter" euthanize 1200 or so cats every year.
8/26/2011 9:10:49 AM
ciniful says:
$225 to adopt a cat from the Humane Society. Adopting one from kijiji ads, however, is free, and there is no shortage of cats and kittens for free. Any size, age, shape and color.

And you still wonder why people aren't adopting from HS?
8/26/2011 2:10:03 AM
bulldog says:
the difference here is that you are not ADOPTING a kitten from kijiji. you are BUYING a kitten or simply enabling those who let their unspayed cats roam by saying "thats okay, ill take the kitten off your hands." and they don't learn.
8/26/2011 2:31:15 PM
idontknowitall says:
This is a difficult and unfortunate situation to be sure. My wife and I have been discussing adopting one or 2 kittens for a while now, and I had no idea how much the humane society was charging (we still may go that route, though). I understand that they can't run the business without charging some kind of fee, but when there is a choice between getting something for free or paying for it, most people will opt for the first choice. Having said that, it is a pet owner's responsibility to spay or neuter their pet, and "I can't afford it" is no excuse. As others here have said - if you can't afford to look after ALL aspects of owning a pet, don't get one in the first place.
8/26/2011 7:31:18 AM
bulldog says:
Adopt a cat from KittyKare. they have plenty of cats on a 'donation only' adoption fee. Of course, it would be nice of those who can afford it to donate toward the organization who spays and vaccinates the cats, but if you cant they are understanding. The expectation with ADOPTED cats, though, is that they are spayed or neutered when age appropriate -- one expense that I believe if you cannot afford/save up for, you probably should not have that pet.
8/26/2011 2:33:42 PM
254tnv says:
It would probably be very helpful if more cat owners (I realize not all do it) actually treated cats like family pets and kept them on their property or in their houses instead of just opening the door and letting them wander around the neighborhood. They are suppose to be pets which means responsibilty..don't make them other peoples problems.
8/26/2011 8:39:57 AM
passlake says:
I can attest to the adult cat adoption. We got one several years ago (5??). She was about 3 years old at the time and we still have her today. no housetraining, still energetic and needy, and wonderful with our dog... sort of. adopt an adult cat. they are awesome.
8/26/2011 9:06:59 AM
Kinger says:
I adopted my cat fromt the Human Society 5 years ago. She was 175.00 bucks and I received 100 back after I got her spayed. That was a lot of money back then for a cat, especially as a university student. But I knew that the money went towards the care (litter, food etc) she received since when she was there (7 months) as well as towards the care of other animals they look after. If you can, donate money if you can't take in an animal.
8/26/2011 12:40:07 PM
bulldog says:
SEVENTY FIVE cats from a hoarding situation? 75? Why wasn't this in the news anywhere? That is a pretty extreme case of animal hoarding (and likely neglect). There was video footage and news coverage for a woman who hoarded 35 (if I remember correctly) cats, but not this one? Hmm...
8/26/2011 2:37:15 PM
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