Seventy-nine cats and kittens are now in the care of the Regina Humane Society (RHS) after being seized from a Regina residence by the Society’s Animal Protection Officers. The animal welfare agency said its Officers discovered the felines after responding to concerns of a possible animal hoarding situation. All animals have subsequently been voluntarily surrendered by their owner. The pets were found living among garbage, feces and urine and without proper access to food and water.
“Our first priority was to provide emergent care such as food and water and treating any animals in immediate distress, followed by a general health assessment of each animal”, says Dr. Katherine Ball, RHS Director of Veterinary Care. “Happily, many of these cats and kittens are now available for adoption into new, loving homes, allowing them to put their terrible past behind them.” Details relating to any charges under the Animal Protection Act of Saskatchewan will not be released as the case is still under investigation.
The RHS is now reaching out to Regina families and individuals to consider opening their hearts and homes to one of these deserving cats or kittens to provide them a quality life. To support this end, until August 31, the Society is waiving all adult cat adoptions and kittens 4 months of age and younger can be adopted for $50. A $20 City of Regina license fee will apply for adoptions to Regina residents. As always, RHS adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, tattoo, microchip, complimentary veterinary exam and 30 days Petplan pet insurance. This offer will also be available at RHS Satellite Adoption Centres at Petland, Petsmart, Pat’s Pets, Pet Valu and Pet Depot.
The sudden and massive intake of animals has put significant strain on the resources and finances of the Shelter. With so many felines together, maintaining the health of each animal also becomes a concern and a considerable cost.
While the RHS provides enforcement of the provincial Animal Protection Act for companion animals in Regina, the Society receives no funding from the province to provide these critical services to animals in need. The organization relies solely on donations from the public in order to maintain this service which comes with significant costs for officers, training, vehicles and equipment as well as housing and care of animals seized as a result of investigations. Anyone wishing to assist with the costs to care for these animals or to ensure the RHS is able to continue to provide this service in the future, is encouraged to make a donation online at www.reginahumanesociety.ca/donate, by calling 306-543-6363, visiting the at the Shelter on Armour Road or by mail at PO Box 3143, Regina, SK S4P 3G7.
Participating Humane Societies and SPCA’s will help hundreds of pets in need find their happily ever after during the Empty Our Shelters adoption event, Monday to Sunday, August 13th– 19th, 2018 with hopes to find homes for more than 500 pets province-wide.
The initiative of the Saskatchewan Federation of Humane Societies comes at a critical time as shelters reach seasonal capacity. Cats and kittens comprise the highest number of incoming animals during the summer months when populations swell following spring births and more pets, allowed outdoors, stray or roam freely.
During the event, Regina Humane Society adult cat adoption fees are waived, kitten adoption fees are $50 and adult dog adoption fees are just $149. RHS adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, tattoo, microchip, complimentary veterinary exam and 30 days Petplan pet insurance.
As vacation season draws to a close and people prepare for fall, it is the perfect time to welcome the love of a pet into your life. Bigger smiles. Cozier naps. Warmer welcomes every time you walk in the door. When you adopt a pet, so many things change for the better—for everyone!
Over the past two weeks, the Regina Humane Society has received dogs from multiple sources that have been diagnosed with canine parvovirus – a serious and easily transmittable disease that can prove fatal if untreated.
Most often transmitted through fecal or oral contact between dogs, Parvovirus (often also referred to as Parvo), can survive up to a year in the environment and can be contracted through direct or indirect contact with infected dog feces. Even if dogs don’t come in direct contact with an infected dog, they can still contract the virus through contaminated objects – shoes, clothes, even the ground. The disease is preventable through a regular vaccination regimen, beginning when a dog is 6-8 weeks of age.
Because the virus is so contagious, all dog owners in Regina and area should ensure that their pets vaccinations are complete and up to date. Caution should also be excercised in public areas such as walking paths and dog parks where animals may be exposed to feces, potentially infected dogs or areas that may have been contaminated.
Pet owners are encouraged to monitor their pets for symptoms of canine parvovirus that include:
- Severe, bloody diarrhea
- Loss of appetite
- Severe weight loss
Should any of these symptoms present themselves, pet owners are urged to contact their veterinarian immediately.
The new RHS website features a responsive design, and some advanced features, including an events manager, an easy to update sponsors section, and best of all it’s integrated with ShelterBuddy, allowing the latest animals up for adoption to automatically be listed on our website!