Cat Crisis at the Coquitlam Shelter


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The Coquitlam animal shelter is experiencing a cat crisis this summer. The shelter has room for up to 25 cats, but as of the end of July the occupancy was far above that. So the shelter is calling on area residents to consider adopting or fostering one of these furry felines by declaring August ‘Cat Adoption Month’.

Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart said, “This overcrowding of animals is a serious concern for the shelter and happens almost every year. We hope that this call for help will encourage animal lovers to open their homes, and hearts, to these pets.” The shelter has set a goal of placing 40 cats this month, and each week has a different focus. The week of August 23 is ‘Spay or Neuter your Cat’ and the week of August 30 is ‘Volunteer Opportunities at the Animal Shelter’.

All cats adopted at the Coquitlam Shelter are spayed or neutered, unless they are under 6 months of age. Those who are too young are sent home with a $50 certificate for the procedure.

In order to adopt a cat you will have to complete the adoption process to make sure that you get the best possible fit with your new furry friend. Visit the shelter and fill out an application form. You can also expect to answer some questions from a staff member regarding your ability to care for your pet. Then your application will be held for 24 – 48 hours for approval. The shelter does not do same day adoptions, so be aware that you will not be taking your new family member home right away.

For more information about adopting or fostering a cat, or volunteering at the shelter, call 604.927.7387.

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