For Immediate Release
May 2, 2013 (Charlottetown, PEI) – April showers and red robins are annual signs of Spring but, unfortunately, so are the many litters of unwanted kittens that are surrendered to the PEI Humane Society every year at this time. The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) is in Charlottetown next week working with the Prince Edward Island Humane Society and other members of the province’s animal welfare community to create a plan to address cat overpopulation in the province.
In December, 2012, the CFHS launched a ground breaking multi-stakeholder report titled “Cats in Canada” to draw national attention to the plight cats face across the country. “The report identified that the Canadian animal sheltering system is at, or dangerously over, capacity to care for the cats that arrive at their doors. Cats are twice as likely as dogs to end up abandoned at a shelter or rescue,” stated Barbara Cartwright, CEO of the CFHS.
“Spring is here and soon our Shelter will be overflowing with cats and their kittens,” Kelly Mullaly, Executive Director of the PEI Humane Society stated. “We need to spay and neuter more pets on PEI to stop the flood of unwanted animals. But, as a community, we also need to find other long-term solutions so we can finally make a real difference in the lives of cats here on PEI and across the country. I’m looking forward to the collaboration between this national organization and our own provincial stakeholders which we hope will continue as long as cat overpopulation continues to exist.”
Currently, Canadians are more likely to acquire a “free” cat from a friend, relative, as a give-away, from their own pet’s offspring or take in a stray than they are to adopt from a humane society, SPCA or a rescue group.
“The Cats in Canada research identified that adoption is the most readily available short-term solution to the cat overpopulation crisis. We need nation-wide media support of the ‘Opt to Adopt’ message as the number one way to acquire a new pet,” Cartwright adds.
On April 22nd Mrs. Laureen Harper and Minister Steven Fletcher were on hand in Ottawa to unveil the new Canada Post commemorative Choose Adoption stamp set. The CFHS had submitted the adoption theme as a unique and innovative way to promote the importance of adopting animals from shelters such as the PEI Humane Society.
The CFHS is a national organization representing humane societies and SPCAs in Canada. Founded in 1957, the CFHS works toward positive, progressive change to end animal cruelty, improve animal protection and promote the humane treatment of all animals.
The PEI Humane Society promotes quality of life for companion animals through responsible ownership, successful adoptions, education and enforcement of companion animal welfare legislation in PEI. It is a registered non-profit organization and operates the Province’s only Shelter for lost, abandoned and homeless pets.
To read Cats in Canada visit www.cfhs.ca.
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Kim Elmslie, Communications Manager, CFHS, 613-224-8072, 1-888-678-2347 ex. 12, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sophia Ball, Contract Development Coordinator, PEI Humane Society, 902-892-1190 ex. 24, email@example.com