Cat lover buys more time to save felines

Posted By: Shuyee Lee · 1/8/2013 2:11:00 PM

A temporary reprieve for a cat lover in the Valleyfield region who had to get rid of about 50 cats she saved from the streets.

The cat refuge volunteer who doesn't wish to be identified said she was upset that someone complained to the city of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield prompting them to send her a notice December 13th saying she had until January 1st to find new homes for the cats, otherwise the SPCA would have to deal with them.

"I was angry," she told CJAD News.

"They're in the house, they don't bother anyone, the house is clean, there isn't any smell. I don't see how they can be considered a nuisance."

A bylaw stipulates residents can only have three cats per household.

Nathalie Pinel who works at the Cat Lovers cat refuge said they managed to buy some time by finding homes for some cats and putting others up for adoption at a refuge in Verdun. The woman now has about 40 cats left.

"If we place some cats, (the city spokesman) says he's going to try to get a delay," Pinel said.

Both say euthanizing the cats is not the answer, and that the city needs to work with animal shelters and set up a catch and release system.

"What we would like to do is sterilize the cats and stop the overpopulation," Pinel said.

Pinel said their shelter still has to find homes for about a hundred cats.

To adopt a cat, call (514)773-2287.

Photo: via Petfinder

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