Stray cat blues

Burin Peninsula SPCA feeling the pinch during ‘kitten season’

Paul Herridge editor@southerngazette.ca
Published on July 10, 2012
Burin Peninsula SPCA secretary Lisa Grandy said the animal shelter is swamped with calls, this time of year in particular, and needs all the help it can get. Also pictured is summer student volunteer Ryan Mitchell with Flash, a calico female kitten. Paul Herridge Photo
Paul Herridge Photo

Kitten season sounds like something that should be fun.

For the Burin Peninsula SPCA, which has been swamped with calls of late, that isn’t the case.

Based out of Burin and servicing the entire region, shelter secretary Lisa Grandy indicated the organization has a crew of about 10 faithful volunteers. 

“It’s just non-stop with us.”

The shelter has an isolation room with six cages for cats, three of which were occupied Thursday.

However, Ms. Grandy indicated a couple of cats that had been at the shelter for some time were sent to the vet to be euthanized that day.

She said the practice is, unfortunately, a weekly occurrence at the site, noting the shelter is home to four dogs at the moment as well.

“We do what we can.”

Ms. Grandy said many people still aren’t getting the message about spaying and neutering their pets and acknowledged pet ownership is a big responsibility.

“People are not getting their animals spayed or neutered. Then they come to us and they want us to take their animals. We’re here for the stray, abandoned and abused, but not always does it work out that way.

“Because these days a lot of people are leaving the province and the animals either end up with us or some other unfortunate thing happens to them.”

Just this past Friday, the SPCA in Gander reported it was investigating a case of animal cruelty involving the intentional drowning of a young dog. The animal was found with a rope tied around its neck and weighed down with a rock.

Ms. Grandy acknowledged the shelter is thankful for the strong support it receives from the public, but reminded that the need is constant.

She said the organization welcomes anything the public can do from supplying pet food, toys and cleaning supplies to helping sell tickets for fundraisers.

She noted the shelter also accepts Canadian Tire money as well as recyclables.

“If we had more people who were willing to actually come to our meetings and volunteer, and to see what we’re about, it would be greatly appreciated.”