Nova Scotia

Metro SPCA overrun by cats

The Metro SPCA shelter is overrun with cats — it took in more than 50 felines Tuesday, all from the same home.
This is one of 54 cats taken to the Nova Scotia SPCA Metro Shelter. (CBC)

The Metro SPCA shelter is overrun with cats — it took in more than 50 felines Tuesday, all from the same home.

Kristin Williams, executive director of the Nova Scotia SPCA, said animal hoarding is a growing problem.

"It's an unusual and increasing trend within Nova Scotia, and we're receiving one to three hoarding complaints on average per week," she said Wednesday

The SPCA asked the owner to give up the 54 cats — including 30 kittens — voluntarily.

The animals are in shelter kennels temporarily, while the society tries to find a place to put them all. 

 "This is a really large one for us. It's hard to absorb," Sandra Flemming, director of the SPCA's Metro Shelter, said. "We would like to get them into our intake area and out of the caging that we have them in now in the next day or so, but it's hard on our resources."

The Metro SPCA is taking care of 30 kittens. ((CBC))
All of the new cats will be checked over by a veterinarian, and the kittens less than eight weeks old will be put into foster homes until they're old enough to adopt.

"We want to encourage people to spay and neuter the cats currently in their care," Williams said. "It's very easy for cats to multiply and you can find yourself in an overwhelming situation very, very quickly."

Williams said hoarding is a hard problem to deal with.

"Hoarding is a really complex issue. It almost always includes more than just animal victims. There are people involved who are victims themselves and they've usually experienced some sort of trauma in their lives," she said.

The SPCA will make sure all 54 new cats get spayed or neutered.

"Donate and adopt that's probably the best way to help us," Flemming said. "And adopt the cats we currently have for adoption so once these cats leave their space then we can fill them with the new ones."

When it comes to hoarding the SPCA is working on education before enforcement.

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