Finding cats forever homes for Christmas

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The humane society is encouraging people to take a furry feline friend home.

Until Christmas, people can adopt a spayed or neutered cat home for $25 during a special promotion.

Until Christmas, the Moose Jaw Humane Society is offering a promotion to take a spayed or neutered cat home with up-to-date vaccinations for $25. Kristyn McEwen, director of the humane society, said adopting an un-neutered cat usually costs $90.

“We’re hoping that’s going to draw some people in because that’s quite a great deal to take a fully fixed animal home for $25 and it helps them get home for the holidays,” she said.

“This is the perfect time to adopt a cat because usually people are going to be home a lot if they’re having some family home and that kind of stuff, it’ll give everybody a chance to meet a new addition to your family.”

She said by adopting a cat or kitten, it also helps the humane society make room for other cats at the shelter. Because of the weather, more cats come into the shelter. Including those in foster care and at the shelter, there are currently 70 cats and kittens at the shelter.

“We’re currently pretty much at capacity right now. We’ve had a couple good adoption days this last little bit here. So we’re slowly opening up some space, but we’re nothing like we’d like to see. We’d like to see lots of empty kennels,” said McEwen.

“(Adopting a cat) really helps us out in the long-run because there is other cats outside that need to come in and need to utilize our shelter, but because we do limit intake, we can’t take in every stray cat.”

She said the shelter is asking people to be patient with them to find homes for the animals because “sometimes there’s a bit of a waiting list to get a cat in here for us to be able to put it up for adoption.”

The humane society wants to find the best fit possible for their animals.

“But there’s lots of good resources out there too for people that are wanting to take care of these stray cats that are living outside,” said McEwen. “There’s lots of great things that you can do to help them cope in the winter and being outside, like building them a nice shelter and continuing to feed them to make sure they have the energy to stay warm.”

She added the promotion is intended to make cats a more affordable adoption into the family. For every cat adopted is another space available for a cat out in the cold.

“We do have some cats that have been here for over a year,” said McEwen. “So we’d really like to see those guys go home for the holidays.”

For more information, visit the shelter at 1755 Stadacona St. W. or call the shelter at 306-692-1517.

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Organizations: Moose Jaw Humane Society

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