RSPCA ACT at Full Capacity for Rescue Cats | Canberra weather


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Despite an increase in pet adoptions at the start of COVID-19 closures, the RSPCA has reached maximum capacity to house rescue cats as Christmas approaches. The RSPCA ACT catteries are so full that there are now long waiting lists for abandoned felines placed in foster care to enter the shelter to be relocated. The organization’s chief executive, Michelle Robertson, said there were more than 200 cats and kittens available for adoption, with more than 30 on a waiting list to enter the shelter. “The kitten season started later this year compared to last year, but it’s not just a lot of kittens – we’ve got a lot of adult cats as well,” Ms. Robertson said. “There is not a lot of physical space, and we have very few resources in terms of medical specialists and animal care, and we are trying to find a balance.” The RSPCA has reduced adoption fees for adult cats to $ 99 until Dec. 23 to help reduce wait lists. Ms Robertson said if kittens were normally adopted quickly, in some cases adult cats would spend months in the RSPCA before being adopted. “The average stay for a cat up for adoption is around 50 days, but one of them has been here for over 100 days and that’s very unusual,” she said. “We have over 200 cats in care and approximately 160 of them are foster kittens.” While the RSPCA saw fewer animals returned this year, the total number of animals in care at the organization’s headquarters in Weston increased significantly in 2020. There were 280 animals in care at the RSPCA in December. 2019, but that number rose to over 350 by December of this year. Ms Robertson said the large amount of felines in care put them at risk. “Because we have so many cats, they get stressed out, and just like humans, when they get stressed, their immune systems weaken and become more susceptible to the flu,” she said. “We want to keep them as healthy as possible, but if we can adopt them into a family environment, they will improve a lot faster.” Despite the public appeal to find permanent homes for rescued cats, Ms Robertson said the RSPCA’s adoption standards remained the same. “It remains to find the right animal for the right house and to try to have as many cats as possible in the right house,” she said.


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