June is Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month and Toronto Animal Services has reduced the adoption fee for kittens and cats to $25. All kittens and cats are vet-checked, spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. People who adopt a cat or kitten this month receive a free bag of cat food.
Cats breed in every season, but most typically in late winter or early spring. By May every year, the City’s animal shelters are brimming with kittens. Contributing to this overpopulation is the fact that stray and homeless cats are more visible in the warm weather, so they tend to be brought to shelters in higher numbers in the spring and throughout the warmer months. These factors result in shelters that are either full or nearing capacity.
Kittens or cats adopted from sources other than a shelter frequently are not spayed/neutered and are sometimes allowed to reproduce at least once. Unfortunately, some cats never benefit from being spayed/neutered and continue to reproduce for years.
Toronto Animal Services needs the support of residents to help in providing a pet with a home this spring. For more information, call 311 or visit the Toronto Animal Services shelter in your neighbourhood. To view available cats or to find the shelter closest to you, visit their website.