Bylaw forces eviction of Whiskers cat shelter in Sudbury
The Whiskers cat adoption shelter in Sudbury wants 17 cats to find a new home after being evicted from its Lorne Street location.
The building's landlord said he had no choice but to evict because of a city bylaw that dictates animal shelters cannot be in the same building as residential space due to issues like odour and noise. Currently, the adoption centre is below several apartments.
Mary-Anne Stonehouse, who runs the adoption centre, said she hopes the cats will be placed before the move.
“They'll either go into foster care or we will find another location for them so we can adopt them out,” she said.
“We have a no-kill policy. So our cats are here for life."
Even though the city has ruled the centre's current location on Lorne Street violates a zoning bylaw, Stonehouse said she’s hopeful a deal can be struck to amend it.
“We love it here. The cats like the big windows. Children walk by and look in the window. It's very sweet,” she said.
“It's a good spot. I hope the landlord can work something with the city to get an amendment to the zoning. I'm really hoping. We're all hoping.”
Landlord Lance McPherson said he’s just as sad about the whole thing as everybody else.
“They're great tenants, great people. I hate to have to do this.”
McPherson said he is working to find Whiskers a new home somewhere in the city.
Stonehouse said the Whiskers shelter is a quiet tenant, and hasn't had any complaints from neighbours.