Over 50 cats and kittens are on their way to Victoria in search of forever homes. An adoption event is being held at the Uptown Petsmart as well as the Langford Petsmart this long weekend.

Over 50 cats and kittens left Prince Albert, Saskatchewan early Wednesday morning to embark on a journey of nine-lifetimes. Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders (GVAC Rescue) – a local non-profit animal rescue society has stepped up to help the Prince Albert SPCA (PASPCA).

The PASPCA had been struggling to manage the surge in cats and kittens coming into their facility. “We are a no-kill shelter but we are facing the very real possibility of euthanasia if we can’t find other rescues for about 50 cats,” explains Liana Maloney, Manager of Operations at the  PASPCA.  Maloney reached out to various rescue groups across western Canada for help, but many shelters throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta were also over-capacity.

"The Prince Albert SPCA is once again bursting at the seams with cats and kittens, and in an effort to save 70 cats from euthanasia, we have reached out across the Provinces for assistance. The Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders Rescue, the North West Territories SPCA, the Fort Mac Murray SPCA and the Prince Albert SPCA are undertaking a huge collaborative project in relocating 70 cats from our Shelter! The first load of lucky cats is leaving tomorrow for Victoria which has many eager volunteers and homes waiting for their new feline friends to arrive!" Image via Prince Albert SPCA
“The Prince Albert SPCA is once again bursting at the seams with cats and kittens, and in an effort to save 70 cats from euthanasia, we have reached out across the Provinces for assistance. The Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders Rescue, the North West Territories SPCA, the Fort Mac Murray SPCA and the Prince Albert SPCA are undertaking a huge collaborative project in relocating 70 cats from our Shelter! The first load of lucky cats is leaving tomorrow for Victoria which has many eager volunteers and homes waiting for their new feline friends to arrive!” Image via Prince Albert SPCA

“The (GVAC) board all agreed that it was our duty to help because we have the capacity,” said President Sharene Foord. GVAC also reached out to Victoria Pet Adoption Society (VPAS) who will be taking a number of these cats into care as well.

A small convoy of volunteers are making the 4000km roundtrip. The cats are expected to arrive in Victoria on Thursday November 10th, where they will be examined at a local vet clinic in preparation for adoption.

An adoption event is being held:

  • What: Those interested in adopting are encouraged to attend, there is also a Facebook page for the event. For more information on adopting a rescued animal or to make a donation to help this cause email [email protected].
  • Where: Uptown Petsmart,  3501 Blanshard St #10
  • When: Friday, November 11th, 12 PM – 4 PM;
    Saturday, November 12th and Sunday, November 13th, 10 AM – 4 PM.

Another adoption event is also being held by Victoria Pet Adoption Society:

  • What: Here is the Facebook page for the event. For more information please contact [email protected]
  • Where: Langford Petsmart, 2401 Millstream Rd
  • When: Saturday, November 12th, 11 AM – 9 PM; Sunday, November 13th, 10 AM – 4 PM
Image via Prince Albert SPCA
Image via Prince Albert SPCA

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