"Our goal when we discover a colony is to support them, offer them food, water and shelter," said Sarah Pump, head of communications for PFA.
Second, it focuses on pet rescue and supporting people in the community when they find a lost animal, Pump
The third approach is a team for feral cats -- adult animals which have never had contact with humans.
"Our feral-cat team is a group of volunteers who go out daily, and we have feeding stations throughout the city," said Pump
said the PFA
is supportive of the humane society and the city's Animal Protection Services, but the cat crisis is at such a high level in Regina that there is a need for all of these organizations to work on this problem.
Although the PFA
deals mainly with cats, it deals with other animals as well, including dogs, guinea pigs and hamsters.
"We'll deal with any companion animal, (but) the reality is that, in Regina, the crisis is cats.
Right now, we do have four dogs that are in foster care and are up for adoption, but we have about 30 cats," said Pump
relies heavily on the community in order to continue these services.
It's looking for donations of cat food or cat litter, individuals to provide foster homes for animals, or even money.
Anyone interested can also sign up as a member on the Web site for $25, with the money going toward the care of cats.
"The more members we have, the wider our scope is and the more we can get the word out," added Pump
For more information and interviews, please contact Sarah Pump, Head of Communications, People for Animals of Saskatchewan Inc.
"This summer we've discovered that there's a huge (stray cat) problem in North Central especially," said Sarah Pump, a board member of People for Animals.
According to Pump
, the 15 adult cats and 25 kittens that People for Animals
are currently caring for are putting a strain on its modest resources.
"Cats kind of naturally find places that are good for them to congregate, that they feel is safe and where there is a supply of food," explained Pump
"If we feel that there's enough of them, and that they do need help, we'll set up a feeding station.
That often progresses to setting up cat houses for them and officially call them a cat colony."
added that People for Animals
tries to keep the population of these colonies as stable as possible.
"We trap, neuter and release and try to keep the population down as much as we can," she
"Unfortunately because we are entirely volunteer-run, entirely run on donations, we're often limited by the cost of sterilization."
Using humane traps, volunteers also try to catch kittens from feral mothers when they are still young enough to be socialized and eventually adopted out.
said besides more adopters People for Animals
is in desperate need of new foster homes, volunteers and donations of money or cat food.
"I see every day the effects of people not sterilizing their animals.
This is one small way that we can try to make a dent in it, but sometimes it just feels like we're never going to overcome it," she
encouraged anyone interested in adoption, volunteering or donation to contact her
at 565-1860 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.