Hundred of stray cats in Regina were able to find homes last year, thanks to the hard work of the Regina Cat Rescue team.
The group self-imposed a cap on the number of strays they would allow themselves to take in – limiting the number to 400 in 2017.
In 2016, 473 rescues were achieved – which put significant strain on the group.
Alanna Whippler, Adoption Coordinator at Regina Cat Rescue, says her organization aims to help as many stray cats as it can.
“We have adoptable cats that are tame cats that are put into foster homes and go up for adoption,” Whippler said. “And we also do something called ‘trap, neuter, return’ which is programming aimed at controlling the population of stray and feral cats that basically live on the street.”
Despite the hard work they do, Whippler says strays on Regina streets continues to be a big problem.
“Responsible pet ownership and sterilization is key,” Whippler said. “The city does have a bylaw that prohibits cats from roaming at large. If people are having un-sterilized animals, they shouldn’t really be letting them go at-large. That’s where the overpopulation issues are coming from.”