(Prince Albert Spca)

Dozens of cats and kittens arrived in Victoria Wednesday afternoon from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan to begin living a life by the sea.

Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders, a local non-profit animal rescue society stepped up, with the help of Pet Smart, to help the Prince Albert SPCA manage their overpopulation of cats.

This isn’t the first time the organization has offered to help. Last fall, they took 70 cats, all of which found homes right away.

Seven of the cats on this year’s journey came from a hoarder’s house, while the others were brought in through bylaw enforcement, and others via citizen drop off.

Prince Albert SPCA is a no-kill shelter, and will only put down animals that are extremely ill.

A small convoy of volunteers made the 4000km round trip. The cats will now be examined at a local vet clinic in preparation for adoption.

Lack of spaying and neutering leads to cat overpopulation

Liana Maloney, manager of operations at the Prince Albert shelter, said the city is overpopulated because of a lack of spaying and neutering. Low-income families may not be able to afford the treatment, but the shelter can help to cover the costs.

Four organizations in Victoria have set up foster homes for the animals and will put them all up for adoption.

Anyone looking to adopt one of these cats or any other pet that the Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders have in care can fill out an adoption application here.

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