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.