Pet overpopulation is the main cause for euthanasia and suffering for dogs and cats in shelters, as shelters don’t have the capacity or the equipment and medical supplies required to support more animals. 73% of shelters in Canada claim that they run at capacity, with around twice as many cats being admitted than dogs. Humane Canada in 2018 stated that 15% of sheltered cats face euthanasia, an unfortunate measure needed in order to mitigate pet overpopulation. Toronto Cat Rescue, a no kill, volunteer-powered charity, rescues and rehomes abandoned, injured and sick kittens and cats while also saving them from imminent euthanasia. As well as providing veterinary care and vaccinations for cats, they provide low-cost spay and neuter surgeries in order to humanely control the overpopulation problem.
Overpopulation threatens the lives and wellbeing of cats and dogs more than any infectious disease. A spay/neuter surgery directly leads to a decline in cat overpopulation and euthanasia practices and an increase in healthy and happy cats entering responsible forever homes. Less kittens will be homeless, end up in overcrowded shelters and have a risk of being euthanised. An overcrowded shelter leads to sick animals, as they have less space, less attention, less quality water and food, less clean air, less play-time and less medical care.
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With over 100,000 homeless street cats in Toronto, we are very active in the feral cat community. We support and educate our volunteers in the care and feeding of feral cat colonies and support TNR(M): Trap, Neuter, Return, Monitor efforts. We rely on volunteers to foster cats in their homes until a cat lover adopts them. Having a network of foster homes allows every cat in our care to be part of someone’s home. It gives a rescued cat a chance to adapt to living with a family, sometimes with other cats, dogs and/or children.