Cat adoption event underway

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It’s a ‘cat’egory 5 event that’s going to happen July 14 and the fur is going to fly.

Little Cats Lost is hosting adoption events July 14 and the following two Saturdays to help alleviate the mass influx of felines that have come to Edmonton’s Animal Care and Control Centre on 137 Avenue. The ACCC’s website says that the facility can normally house up to 150 stray or lost cats. On Thursday, it announced that it was overcapacity by 137 per cent and was temporarily putting a hiatus on the intake of healthy adult cats for one week as of July 13. This is meant to give the centre enough time to transfer some of the animals to its partner agencies, including the Edmonton Humane Society next door but some much farther afield. In the meantime, it will still accept kittens and injured or sick cats.

That’s where the Little Cats Lost TNR Society comes in. It promotes the humane treatment of any feline, whether owned or not, through spay and neuter practices as well as the broader Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program, which helps to reduce the population of homeless free-roaming cats. Feral cats are trapped and neutered before being returned to their original locations. The ACCC is set to undertake a TNR pilot this summer. It is also waiving the adoption fees for cats and kittens until the end of the month. Those adoption fees are usually $270 for kittens and $165 for adult cats.

Little Cats Lost also works with the ACCC to move many unadoptable animals that can then be rehabilitated and placed for adoption. Little Cats Lost recently drove 83 of the cuddly creatures to British Columbia where they were delivered to the Heart and Soul Dog and Cat Rescue out of Abbotsford.

“There were a lot of litters – moms and babies,” said Linda Osland. “This was the third transport. Two very big ones happened last year, although not this early in the season. I was speaking to one of the staff [at the ACCC]and this year is actually the very worst year that they’ve ever encountered.”

To further help the situation to improve, Little Cats Lost is hosting the July 14 Category 5 Kitten Evacuation Adoption Event, which runs from noon to 4 p.m. at Homes Alive, 13340 St. Albert Trail in Edmonton. Visit www.littlecatslosttnr.org to learn more about the organization and future events. Cats can also be adopted through agencies such as the Edmonton Humane Society.

People can also help by buying cat food at Mr. Pet’s at 580 St. Albert Trail. The store offers a 20 per cent discount on donated food to feed foster cats and adoptable cats through Little Cats Lost.

Tails take to the trails for SCARS

The Second Chance Animal Rescue Society will be hosting its 14th annual Tails on the Trails fundraiser on Saturday, July 21.

Registration opens at 3 p.m. for the walk at 4 p.m. It serves as a major fundraiser for the organization that helps rescue animals in need. There will be many vendors as well as fun activities during the Bark Party including puppy yoga, dog games, a meet and greet with SCARS’ adoptable animals, a bake sale, beer garden, barbecue and DJ, plus caricature artist Gerry Rasmussen will be taking donations in exchange for sketches. Fee is a $10 donation to SCARS and $5 extra for each additional person or pet in the picture. Visit www.scarscare.ca/event/tails-trails-bark-party for full details.

A new chapter in how to boost Amplify

The local Chapters store is hosting a fundraising event to support the St. Albert Amplify Festival. All you have to do is shop.

From 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, the store will put aside 15 per cent of the proceeds from all purchases toward the autumn youth festival. To help sweeten the evening’s good karma, there will be performances from some talented local youths including Steve Badry and Andrea Shipka, plus poetry by Ari Zak. Others will be announced later.

The Amplify Festival is run by youths and encourages other youths to express themselves through any artistic medium. Visit www.amplifyfestival.ca for more.

Autorama helps seniors’ program

The St. Albert Cruisers held a great Autorama event in May and the classic car lovers have proven themselves with a second benefit to the community once again. The organization recently dropped off the proceeds from the event in the form of a cheque for $6,000 to the Stop Abuse In Families Society. The money will go to help fund its Elder Abuse Response Program. That program worked with 138 cases in 2017 alone, and it increases every year. Call 780-460-2195 or visit www.stopabuse.ca to learn more.

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Scott Hayes

Scott Hayes joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2008. Scott writes about the arts, entertainment, movies, culture, community groups, and charities. He also writes general news, features, columns and profiles on people.