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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  1. Terry posted on 01/08/2013 04:29 PM
    These cats are in her home and not bothering anyone. The nuisance bylaw does not apply. Does the SPCA support this three cat limit bylaw? I would agree that 50 cats is rather a high number for this woman to take care of but give her credit for all her hard work in caring for these discarded animals. The Montreal SPCA has stated that they are against placing limits on pet ownership. Many people are able to provide proper care for more than three cats. My six were all discarded stray kittens who showed up at my back door. All spayed and neutured and kept indoors. My neighbors did not know how many cats that I had rescued. My eighteen year old male tabby was recently put down. Bottom line is this is my house and if I want to remove more than three stray cats from the streets then it is certainly not the business of the local municipalities. If these people had any balls they would be concentrating on putting and end to the breeding of animals for profit and closing the pet stores who sell animals. Those cute kittens sold at the pet store are too young to be sterilized. Once the cuteness wears off and one realizes the effort required to clean the litter boxes and the cost of feeding the cats, sterilization and shots, then the cats are discarded and end up in my backyard. The idiots drawing up these bylaws need to be educated. Your first step is to stop the production of animals for profit. Then encourage people to adopt from the SPCA , other rescue groups and/or from the streets. Spay, neuter release programs. How I would love to have the money to challenge these bylaws in court. As Pierre Elliot Trudeau said " The government has no business in the bedrooms of the nation". Let's keep these fools out of our houses. And you people supporting the breeders because a pure bred looks good on you should be ashamed of yourselves.
    1. Kelly posted on 01/09/2013 06:50 PM
      @Terry AMEN! Why is the good-hearted woman and are the cats being punished? They finally find someone who actually cares and now they have to be "dumped" again? It infuriates me the stupidity of people, that they will throw away a living-breathing animal because it is no longer a kitten or "cute". It has feelings and doesn't understand why people are abandoning it. Who made the rule that cats can fend for themselves after being fed? That is simply not true. What is with the common belief that cats can survive when abandoned at a barn? Don't they realize there may be an existing colony that won't accept a newcomer? Then where will he go? Funny, though how when people hear about a cat in distress in the media, they are knocking each other over to adopt him. REALLY? And why is it so hard to spay/neuter? People don't know they'll have to get him fixed because he will spray? COME ON!
  2. Brian posted on 01/08/2013 06:26 PM
    My experience is that people with more than 6 cats cannot smell the smell as they have become accustomed to it. I grew up with cats, I live them but this is another example of OCD of the feline variety. You need 50 litter boxes plus one- I doubt she has it- I could be wrong, but 50 small humans in a house would cause a smell- imagine cats!
    1. Carol posted on 01/09/2013 05:38 PM
      @Brian Of what concern is it to you if people have become accustomed to the smell of their 6 cats in their own house? Shouldn't be your problem. I would be more concerned with odors caused by the bags of rotting garbage left outside unprotected during the hot summer months.
  3. Kelly posted on 01/09/2013 06:52 PM
    Yeah, and guess who suffers because of teh stupidity of people? the poor cats, because they won't spay or neuter them.
    1. Michael posted on 01/11/2013 11:33 AM
      @Kelly Really Kelly - the poor cats!!!! Get rid of them I am truly sorry. There are cats roaming everywhere - they are evil creatures. I completely love dogs because they are so kind and loyal, cats are horrible creatures, just like snakes. GET RID OF THEM.
  4. sk posted on 01/10/2013 08:46 AM
    I find it hard to believe 1 person can support themselves as well as PROPERLY care for 40 additional lives. health?,nutrition?,spaid?,nutsoff? do they all always stay in a single appartment? do they stray and attempt to knock up the neighbours felines?and the smell must be oozing from that appartment which probly has pooh all over the place[ unless she has the time to train 40 animals?!?]
    cat hoarder plain and simple
    sorry for the reality check cat lovers.
  5. Linda posted on 01/12/2013 12:48 AM
    I believe that if people take care of their pets and the animals are not bothering anyone- there should be NO law about how many they have. If only MORE people would actually take responsibility for the pets they aquire-then the animal population wouldn't be such a problem. Laws should be made to make people TAKE CARE of their pets...have them neutered,and not ABANDON them when they decide to give up on them....Animals are living creatures that NEED care and a loving home. STOP making it difficult for the people that truly care enough to TRY to HELP the abandoned sweethearts!
    I encourage as many Cat Rescues/Refuges as I can afford and help when I can. OPEN your eyes People and your Hearts and Homes...ADOPT, FOSTER,VOLUNTEER, DONATE at your local Animal Rescue/Refuge!!!!
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