On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, Humane Society London & Middlesex received an owner surrender of 88 cats from within our service area. The owner surrendered the animals after the number of cats became overwhelming and unmanageable. Animals were kept in an indoor residential location as well as exterior retrofitted shelters.
The responsible decision to surrender the animals came about through transparent conversations with the owner regarding the overall health and safety of the animals, as well as the resources required to continue sheltering and caring for the large volume of cats. The felines, varying in age and health conditions, were transported from the property to HSLM Shelter in two rented trucks, multiple carriers and supported by a team of 39 HSLM staff and volunteers.
The cats were triaged by the HSLM Animal Health Department upon arrival at the shelter. Each cat was physically examined; the cats who presented no emergent conditions were dewormed, received the FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus) vaccine, medicated for flea, tick and ear mites, and provided antibiotics to ensure overall health.
The new feline tenants had their nails trimmed, ears cleaned and their fur and skin assessed for any problematic areas. Their new kennels were equipped with Feliway to mimic F3 facial pheromones to create a sense of safety as well as fresh blankets donated by HSLM supporters. They also received a delicious meal of dry and wet food to ease their comfort and provide a calm transition.
Providing the surrendered cats with necessary medical treatment is the most critical need at this time. Monetary donations made to Humane Society London & Middlesex website (www.hslm.ca) will aid in covering the cost of vaccinations, medications, food, shelter and spay/neuters and all other costs associated with this surrender.
HSLM shelters an average of 215 animals on a daily basis. With this vast intake volume, HSLM has increased staff and volunteer hours to ensure that all animals are getting the care they need. HSLM is not government funded and relies solely on donations from individuals and corporations. Donations made to HSLM will aid in providing these animals with the initial and ongoing treatment that they need.
All cats surrendered were intact and will require spay/neuter surgeries once medically cleared. HSLM arranged foster homes for pregnant cats and recent litters, kittens will stay in foster care until they have reached appropriate age/weight to be considered for adoption.
Surrendering animals is never an easy decision, HSLM is a judgement free facility that serves the community and aids in the wellbeing of all animals in our service territory. The surrender of these animals was the responsible choice for the health and safety of all those involved. HSLM encourages those who need assistance in owner surrender to please contact our shelter.