Every year the number of cats in care at the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) often declines as temperatures drop.
Recently there were about 50 cats at the shelter. This is about one 10th the number the shelter had in their care over the summer.
“Times have changed and for many families, the time to adopt is at the holidays as they may be home more to help the animal settle into their new environment,” said Lori Marcantonio, a spokesperson for the OHS.
This does not mean it is in the best interest for the long-term care of the animal, which the OHS prioritizes. They can and will reject an application for adoption if they don’t think the home is suitable.
Similarly, even though the sentiment of giving an adorable furry friend to a loved one may seem like a good idea, some animal rights organizations like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and The Dodo go as far to say it is cruel to do so.
“It’s an adoption. You cannot just say ‘okay, here’s this dog, have fun’,” said St-Jean.