Packed to the rafters, the Winnipeg Humane Society is giving away cats for free this Friday.
Giving them away is the best tactic for the city’s largest pet shelter to bring their numbers down to manageable levels and get the message out the city has a problem with the cat population.
Adult cats come spayed or neutered for free. Kittens, up to four-months-old, are $50.
The shelter wants to get the cats out before it’s overrun: "1,565 stray and abandoned cats and kittens have arrived at the Winnipeg Humane Society since Sept. 1... the shelter will soon be at capacity. Homes are needed..." an announcement said today.
Right now the shelter is housing 240 cats and every week, another 100 arrive.
"The cat overpopulation crisis is ongoing and not enough cats are getting spayed or neutered," the shelter said.
Eligible homes will be screened. Would be cat owners should bring ID with a current address and expect to spend 40 minutes going through the process. All cats are fixed, with their first vaccinations, a tattoo ID, a 30-day pet health insurance and two-week health check.