The Bermuda SPCA’s special adoption fee of $25 has been extended until August 13, and the shelter has a two-for-one deal with cat adoptions, with each cat including all necessary vaccinations, a microchip identification number, and spaying or neutering, representing a “saving of over $550 for a potential adopter.”
“We are sad to report only two families so far have come forward and adopted cats desperate for homes” states Deborah Titterton Narraway, Interim Executive Director.
“We are now running at maximum cat-pacity which tends to happen during kitten season but this year is different – the majority of our cats are adult cats who have been dumped at the Shelter by owners who no longer have a need for them or the ability to care for them.
“As the island’s only animal shelter, we are currently housing more cats than we truly have space for; the capacity of the Shelter’s Playroom is 20-25 cats, and this room is currently home to over 40 cats.”
“Overcrowding situations in a shelter are very serious as it increases the stress levels and increases the likelihood and threat of disease. The Bermuda SPCA is struggling to maintain the delicate balance between taking in all the animals they can to save lives and trying to healthily take care of the animals already living there.”
“We pride ourselves on being an open admission shelter, but at this point in time, we are already in an overcrowding situation.
“What this means is when people call asking to surrender their pets, we now have a waiting list and are asking for patience and are encouraging people to try and rehome their pets themselves and as a last resort to call us again in a few weeks.”
A spokesperson said, “The shelter is located on Valley Road in Paget and open for adoptions Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 4pm. Come prepared [bring a cat carrier, photo ID and landlords permission] because there are so many wonderful personalities in the Playroom the staff and volunteers are sure you fall in love with at least one cat.
“If you’re not looking to add to your home right now, there’s still something you can do for shelter animals.”
Ms. Narraway said, ““First, make sure that all of your pets are spayed and neutered. Second consider making a financial or gift in-kind donation to offset the strain these additional cats place on the Shelter. And finally, consider becoming a foster care provider.”
“Foster parents open their homes to care for pets that are either too young, too old or are generally not thriving in the Shelter environment. The Bermuda SPCA will assist with home care advice and pay for any special needs expenses such as healthcare, medications or kitten formula.
“The Bermuda Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals [SPCA] was founded in 1919 and is a Bermuda Registered Charity No. 86 as well as a US 501© not-for-profit. Their objectives are to: provide effective, lawful means for the prevention of cruelty to animals, promote the education of the general public on the care and wellbeing of all animals, encourage and promote kindness to animals.”