Full Capacity Animal Rescue Foundation of Alberta for Cats – Calgary

The Calgary-based Animal Rescue Foundation of Alberta needs your help in finding loving homes for the kittens as the organization reaches its maximum capacity.

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As of Sunday, the foundation had around 275 adoptable cats, but that number will fluctuate as more cats arrive.

“We still have a lot of cats and kittens looking for homes, but this year we’re running about double what we normally do,” Rachael Finseth, head of the foundation’s cat program, said on Sunday.

“There have been a lot of requests for cats to be taken care of. There have been a lot of requests for help and surrenders.

Overpopulation of cats in Alberta

In terms of cat overpopulation, the situation is dire in Alberta, Finseth said.

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“We get requests all over the province, whether it’s urban, rural, whether it’s for a cat, whether it’s for 50 cats,” she said.

“I’ve been doing this for about 15 years now, so over the past 15 years I would say this year is definitely a more serious situation than previous years. It has been a real struggle to meet the demand for assistance for these cats.

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Getting your cats spayed or neutered is crucial, Finseth said.

“They can start reproducing as early as five months old, which a lot of people don’t realize,” she said.

“Cats can easily have up to eight kittens in a litter, so all of a sudden you go from having two cats to 10 cats, and it can get out of hand pretty quickly and quite easily.”

Advice for new parents of cats

No matter what their age, cats need attention, Finseth said.

“They need outlets for their energy. They need a lot of environmental enrichment, ”she said.

“I always recommend if you add a kitten or a young adult cat that you consider two – if you don’t already have one in your home. They tend to be busy and preoccupied, so sometimes it’s easier to have two than to have one.

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Adoptable cats at the Animal Rescue Foundation of Alberta.

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Apply online for cat adoptions. The foundation seeks the best animal-human pairing to prepare everyone for success.

“We ask people to take at least one night after visiting the kittens because it’s so exciting when you meet them and they’re so fluffy and they’re so cute. But we really want everyone to come home… and make sure it’s a good time to add a cat to your home and that you’ll be able to support them in the future, ”explained Finseth.

“The next day, if you think you can provide the cat with everything they need for the next 15 to 20 years, we can proceed with the adoption from there.”

Chat personalities available

The foundation has a wide variety of cat personalities and temperaments to suit yours.

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“We have kittens who want to do their own thing. They sort of hang around. They come to you and they want their attention when they want their special treats or food bowl filled, but if not, they’re just happy to sit next to you on the couch and watch Netflix, ”Finseth said. .

“We also have cats that we call Border Collie cats or puppies, and they want to run around the house all day and they want you to play games with them all day. They want tons of things to do and need tons of stuff to keep them busy.

“We also have super cuddly and super adorable cats. We call them shoulder cats or sling cats who like to wrap themselves around your neck and you carry them everywhere. They can be everyone, and they would love it.

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