Staff at Purrfect Companions of Norfolk made an all-too-familiar discovery recently along the road near their shelter in Delhi.
They found two sick kittens tied up in a bag. Both had severe upper respiratory infections and severe flea infestations. Posie and Cashel, as they have been named, have been treated and are now recovering at the shelter.
“Harsh reality: Some people are heartless and irresponsible,” shelter volunteer Vicky Lachine said in a release titled “Kitten krisis.”
“Even if you are not an animal lover, how can anyone have a clear conscience after abusing or abandoning an animal? Message: Spay or neuter your animals. Be a responsible pet owner and a kind human being.”
In the same release, Purrfect Companions provided a year-to-date report on activities at the shelter, which is located near the intersection of Church Street East and Brantford Road in Delhi.
Between January and July, the shelter took in 450 cats while adopting out 331. Counting foster homes, the Delhi shelter and My Kitty Cafe in Guelph, Purrfect Companions has 469 felines in care. Another 43 cats living in feral colonies have been trapped, spayed or neutered and returned to this environment.
Purrfect Companions adds that its costs continue to mount and that volunteers have to fundraise constantly to keep the facility operating.
The shelter cost more than $300,000 to run last year, with veterinarian expenses accounting for more than $200,000 of this. Purrfect Companions asks anyone so inclined to go to www.purrfectcompanions.ca and click on the donate tab. E-transfers can also be made at email@example.com.
Keeping the shelter clean and healthy is practically a full-time job requiring two rounds of cleaning morning and night. As such, Purrfect Companions’ volunteer requirements are high. Lachine says help is “desperately needed.”
“If you can spare a few hours a month then please consider volunteering at the shelter,” she says.