The lure of a free cat and just $50 to adopt a kitten brought Jennifer Bonick, left, and her daughter Nevaeh Henning to the Lloydminster and District SPCA last Friday. There was a lineup at the door starting at noon. The trick to finding the right one, according to Bonick, is for them to pick you. A total of 55 cats and kittens were adopted during a three day blitz Aug. 18-20. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO
The Lloydminster and District SPCA is purring this week over the outcome of a successful cat and kitten adoption clearance.
The local animal shelter found homes for 55 cats, including 16 adults and 39 kittens, during a Saskatchewan-wide adoption blitz called Empty Our Shelters from Aug. 18-20.
“That’s definitely our most successful weekend ever,” said Jon Punshon, executive director of the Border City shelter.
“It beats last year when we adopted out 30 cats and kittens.”
Prior to the three-day campaign, the shelter had about 90 cats of all ages under its care.
As of this past Monday, the shelter was down to 28 kittens and three adult cats.
People were lined up last Friday to get the pick of the litter so to speak, with 37 adoptions that day, a number Punshon said is unheard of.
The first-day total included 28 kittens and nine adult cats.
They were also busy on both days over the weekend, with a total of 18 critters going for adoption.
“We were expecting some good results, but we were really impressed with the response this year,” said Punshon.
“It definitely gives us some much-needed space—unfortunately there are more waiting to get in.”
Punshon said all the kittens and cats that went out the door were spayed and neutered to help reduce the number of unwanted cats that end up at the shelter.
He encourages all pet owners to have their animals spayed and neutered.
He said if you consider there is an average of six kittens in a litter, it only take five felines to produce 30 kittens, all requiring a home.
“It’s hard for us, and that’s why we have to do events like this every so often to clear space and get these cats home,” said Punshon.
The incentive behind the popularity of this year’s blitz was the offer of adult cats for free and kittens for just $50.
Punshon attributes the success of the campaign to having 39 kittens in stock this year for adoption, compared to just 13 last year.
“Because it was kind of an odd winter with up and down temperatures well into late March, we didn’t really get into that influx of kittens until June,” he said.
“The kittens were at adoption age right when the event occurred, so that definitely gave a lot of options for people to adopt.”
He also noted this is the second year of the adoption blitz, and a lot of media attention helped with the popularity.