By Lethbridge Herald on July 15, 2015.
The cat crisis in Lethbridge continues to worsen, according to Elizabeth Ginn with Last Chance Cat Ranch, and irresponsible pet ownership is largely to blame.
â€œItâ€™s not improving at all, I was hoping there would be some improvement over time but itâ€™s not improving.â€
Ginn feels people are being irresponsible and not looking after reducing the pet population, but are actually adding to it by not getting their pets spayed and neutered.
She said she receives numerous phone calls a day from areas all across southern Alberta and even as far north as Edmonton about abandoned and stray cats.
â€œThis is the worst year weâ€™ve seen and itâ€™s not just us, all the rescues are saying that,â€ she added.
Just like Last Chance Cat Ranch, many shelters across the province are stating that theyâ€™re at capacity. The Calgary Humane Society held an emergency adoption event last week as well as the Alberta Animal Rescue Society.
â€œNone of the rescues in Calgary can take any cats in because of the over-capacity issues, now theyâ€™re calling us, theyâ€™re calling everywhere they can,â€ Ginn said.
Fortunately, she said they have excellent foster home support.
â€œRight now we have five moms and kittens in foster care.â€
Ginn said one of those cats has had about five or six litters.
â€œWhy wasnâ€™t she sprayed initially, or even after the first litter?â€ she asked.
â€œPeople think kittens are cute. Well, kittens are cute, but they grow up to be cats . . . and theyâ€™re arenâ€™t enough homes for them.â€