‘It’s overflowing with cats’: Animal control centre halts cat admissions

Edmonton’s Animal Care and Control Centre is overcapacity and will stop admitting healthy adults cats for one week starting on Friday.

The city-run facility had 115 cats on Wednesday, and has capacity for only 84, a city spokesperson said. 

“There’s no more room, and it’s overflowing with cats at the moment,” said Mike Jenkins, acting director of animal care and control. “It’s becoming a quality of care issue.”

The city said the temporary measure will give the centre time to transfer animals to partner agencies, such as the Edmonton Humane Society next door. Injured or sick cats, and kittens, can still be brought to the animal control centre. 

The centre holds stray or lost cats until owners are able to retrieve them. Animals without identification are held for three days before they’re transferred to partner agencies.

The centre takes in more than 4,000 cats a year. Only about 16 per cent — roughly 640 cats a year— are returned to their owners.

To help ease overcapacity pressures and limit the spread of disease, the facility will pilot a trap-neuter-return program later this summer. The humane society had a similar program two years ago, where feral cats are trapped, neutered by staff and returned to their original locations. 

To help ease the problem, the humane society will waive the adoption fees for cats and kittens until the end of the month. The adoption fees are $270 for kittens and $165 for adult cats.

“The spring and summer months are always the busiest time for our shelter and partner agencies such as Animal Care and Control and local rescues,” said humane society CEO Miranda Jordan-Smith.

Freeing up space through increased adoptions would allow the humane society to take more transferred cats.

“The same capacity issues are faced by shelters each year, and one of the primary reasons is cat overpopulation,” said Jordan-Smith.

The wait list for owner surrender appointments at the humane society, where owners can give up their pets, is currently at 116 cats and getting longer.

The city plans to reopen the centre to healthy adult cats after the week-long interruption.



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Sherwood Park

Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.

History

Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
Geography

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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