Every year around 20,000 animals end up at shelters in Quebec, and half of them are euthanized. Quebec needs to change this, and the first step in that direction is to encourage people to adopt rather than shop.
If you read my column last month about how the SPCA takes in about 1600 abandoned animals around Quebec’s moving season; you’ll be ecstatic to know that the SPCA and the city of Montreal are teaming up this year and launching a program called “Operation Adoption”.
Operation adoption’s goal is to try to place as many animals as possible into new forever homes. The City of Montreal stepped up and covered 50$ of the first 100 cats adopted over the weekend of July 11,12,13, and gave a starter kit worth 25$ to the families of each dog adopted. This past weekend the SPCA manages to adopt out 149 cats, and 23 dogs!!! Wow…..what a success!! There will also be a second Operation Adoption weekend in September, so stay tuned to Precious Pets and the media for updates. Along with the rebates and starter kits, the SPCA staff has a plethora of information to give each new adopting family. This information is also available on the city of Montreal’s website.
Did you know that 1 unsterilized female cat can produce 276,000 kittens over 4 years if you add up the litters of all the babies she produces? It’s hard to imagine, but it’s a cold hard statistic. The SPCA knows these numbers need to change and I am happy to say that each cat adopted through the SPCA is spayed / neutered prior to adoption. This is just one more step the SPCA is taking in the right direction to control our ever growing cat population.
In short, adoption saves lives, helps control our pet population and gives beautiful animals a second chance for at life in a happy home. Each animal deserves to be happy….don’t they?! Please come and support the SPCA and adopt, don’t shop!