June 30, 2008 14:24 ET

Too Many Cats, not Enough Homes: SPCA Calls Urgent Community Meeting to "Foster" Hope for Abandoned Cats

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 30, 2008) - Drop by the SPCA these days and you will see a sight that is becoming all too familiar: Cats, cats and more cats. Unfortunately adoptions are also way down which is creating a hopelessly mounting situation of simply put: TOO MANY CATS.

The shelter cares for over 200 cats at this time of year and on an average week, only 10 of them are adopted. "With moving day quickly approaching, the numbers will only increase unless some drastic measures are taken", stated Alanna Devine, Acting Executive Director. "The growing numbers of cats also increases the risk of major disease outbreak, making healthy cats sick, and increasing euthanasia numbers", added Devine.

As part of the solution, SPCA President, Nancy Breitman proposed calling a community meeting which would get the public to actively participate in solutions and hopefully serve to recruit both foster and adopting families. "It's one thing to watch the news from your couch, and shake your head about the plight of the cats. It's quite another experience to have the opportunity to directly participate in solutions", stated Breitman.

The public meeting which will be headed by Alanna Devine, Acting Executive Director and some of the Members of the Board of Directors of the SPCA, will be held with the goal of networking to find temporary and permanent homes for cats. The hope is that everyone who participates is either able to foster or adopt a cat, or can recommend others who will welcome cats into their homes.

"The SPCA belongs to the community. We're optimistic that there are a great number of people who care and will attend the meeting with proposed solutions in hand", added Marie-Claude Cadieux, SPCA Vice-President.

"The community as a whole must share responsibility for the fate of these cats", said Louise Allard, SPCA Volunteer Coordinator. "It's simply no longer sufficient for the public to expect the SPCA to solve all the problems of the incredible amount of abandoned animals being dumped on our doorstep daily. We just can't do it alone".

The meeting will be held on Thursday, July 3rd, at the Atwater Library 1200 Atwater, at 7:00 PM. Please use the entrance on 4023 Tupper.

RSVP by email to: chatsoscats@spcamontreal.com

About the SPCA

The Canadian SPCA was founded in 1869 making it the oldest humane society in Canada. Its mission is to protect animals against negligence, abuse and exploitation and to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves by ensuring their well-being. Raising public awareness and helping develop compassion for all living creatures is also part of its mandate. Every year, the Canadian SPCA finds homes for over 10,000 animals, making it the shelter with the highest number of adoptions in Canada. To learn more, visit: www.spcamontreal.com.

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