Finding Forever Homes – Over 130 Cats Supported in Rehoming Project

by | Urgent Animal Care Fund |

Cheddar was a very nervous cat when he arrived at the Ontario SPCA Sudbury & District Animal Centre. But today, he’s an absolute lovebug who likes to play, relax in a sunny window and cuddle. 

Welcoming over 130 cats

Cheddar was one of over 130 cats brought into the care of the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society as part of a province-wide rehoming project. The Ontario SPCA was contacted in the fall of 2020 by a family in Cornwall who had been feeding and caring for a large number of cats and had become overwhelmed.

It doesn’t take long for a small group of cats to grow in numbers considering that one female cat can produce up to 96 kittens in her lifetime. So, a plan was put in place and between Ontario SPCA animal centres across the province, these felines began their journey to find new homes. 

Alexandra Binns, a passionate Animal Care Attendant with the Sudbury & District Animal Centre, was heavily involved in the project, as the centre welcomed 56 of the cats. Not long after, 12 kittens were born in their care from expectant mother cats from the group.

Caring for 130 Cats

The animal care team’s top priority was to minimize stress on the animals, including transferring them carefully and comfortably and coordinating veterinary care within 48 hours of arrival. It’s a massive undertaking to fit the individual needs of each cat in a short timeframe, but after vaccines, microchipping, de-worming, being treated for fleas and addressing other medical needs, the cats were able to rest, relax and start to show their personalities. 

“For me, truly the most rewarding thing about my job is seeing these cats blossom with one-on-one attention!” says Binns. “Before they were just hiding. Now they are playing, eating, loving each other, grooming, doing things that cats are meant to do.”

Here to Help

The Ontario SPCA continues to provide support to the family, including spay/neuter services and vaccinations, which will enable them to keep two of the cats in their home. The Ontario SPCA is here to help and encourages open communication within their communities, fostering a safe place for assistance. 

“We want to reassure people in the community that if they are struggling, reach out to us so we can discuss what resources are available to help you care for your animals,” says Carol Link, Manager, Ontario SPCA Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Animal Centre, who worked closely with the family on this re-homing mission.

Link says food is one of the requests they receive the most. Through the Ontario SPCA’s Urgent Animal Care Fund, we have been providing food to families in need across the province, both through food banks and community partners.

Many happy stories about the successful cat adoptions have been received to date, while some cats still patiently wait to meet their new families. One thing is for sure: finding a forever home sometimes takes time, but it’s always worth the journey.  

Learn more about the programs and services offered through the Ontario SPCA by visiting ontariospca.ca