Just a little update about something that is so important! The cat population in Canada is huge, and growing, with many cats ending up in rescues or shelters. Perfectly happy, healthy cats are euthanized because there is no one to care for them. Please take the time to browse the following website and use the materials there to educate your community on the value of our feline friends!
Dr. Liz O’Brien is the chair/spokesperson for this initiaive. I was lucky enough to have worked with her several years ago, at ‘The Cat Clinic’ in Hamilton, ON. As the owner of this reputable feline-only practice, Dr. O’Brien is a great champion for cats across Canada.
And taken from the Care for Cats website:
Increase the value of owned, homeless and feral cats in Canadian communities.
Creating awareness through response and education. Delivering resources to Canadian communities will encourage individuals to appreciate the feline species and foster more responsible cat ownership which in turn will decrease the daily euthanasia of thousands of adoptable cats.
In October 2009, industry thought leaders from across Canada gathered for the 4tth Annual International Summit for Urban Animal Strategies(ISUAS) to focus on the issue of cat overpopulation. Dr. Elizabeth O’Brien was invited to showcase a successful education campaign created by the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA in 2008. It was called The Year of the Cat.
Enthused by the support she received at the ISUAS and the Regional Summits, Dr. O’Brien was asked by delegates to become the spokesperson for a national campaign in 2011, which is officially the Vietnamese Year of the Cat. With the support of an impressive team of industry collaborators, Dr. O’Brien has since travelled across Canada championing the initiative.