Dozens of cats find good homes

Colin MacLean
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St. John’s Humane Services declares Meow Madness a success


There are a lot of happy kitties out there this week. St. John’s Humane Services successfully found homes for 27 cats during its Meow Madness event last week — nearly one-third of its total feline population.

Centre supervisor Cindy McGrath is jubilant about the numbers.

The Humane Services’ Animal Care and Adoption Centre on Higgins Line found homes for 255 cats throughout all of 2011, so to do that for 27 animals in a couple of days is a huge deal for them, said McGrath.

“We’re extremely pleased with the event. We couldn’t have been happier in the numbers that we adopted out. It’s the first time we’ve held an event like this and we felt it was a huge success,” she said.

The grand total could also creep up a bit over the next week or so. A handful of families were approved for adoption but had not come to pick a cat yet.

The Telegram ran a story last Wednesday, one day before the Meow Madness event, featuring a handful of the shelter’s longest-serving residents.

That article, and subsequent media coverage, generated a lot of buzz.


That translated into a lot of people coming through the shelter’s doors Thursday, Friday and even Saturday, said McGrath.

Unfortunately that didn’t translate into new homes for the animals featured in The Telegram’s article, she added.

“We actually had people come in and say ‘I’m looking for the ones that were in The Telegram,’ but I guess once they got out and started going through the rooms they made other choices,” she said.

“We actually didn’t have a lot of luck with the ones that we were promoting ... Major Tom, Josie, Matty and Precious are still here. Graham did get adopted. We certainly can’t say it wasn’t a success. It was a huge success. But those long-term residents are still here and certainly are still in need of a loving home.”

Major Tom doesn’t get along well with other cats but is loving and affectionate with humans, Josie has been at the centre longer than any other cat and Matty was found so full of matted fur that he had to be completely shaved.

Meow Madness was about clearing up some space in the shelter for the expected spring influx of cats. Every year at this time nursing mother cats and kittens are brought to shelters and space becomes a problem. The cats that are already in the shelters at this time are mostly adults and harder to find homes for. To encourage adoption, the adoption centre offered discounts and deals on adult animals.

The event was so successful, said McGrath, that the adoption centre is planning on holding it again in the fall when the last of the summer kittens are struggling to find homes.

Twitter: @TelegramMacLean

Organizations: Humane Services, Adoption Centre on Higgins Line

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Recent comments

  • Yvette Butt
    April 17, 2012 - 13:40

    Your perfect home is out there Tom.....Congrats on the success of Meow Madness....keeping adoption and rescue in the media is a great way to bring attention to animals waiting their turn.....THANK YOU TELEGRAM.

  • Cat Lover
    April 17, 2012 - 13:28

    I wish I could adopt Major Tom...he looks beautiful !! However, I already have three cats at home...all strays that needed a home at different times. They all get along really well and I would not part with either of them. They all have different personalities and I love them all. Cats make such wonderful pets!! I hope the long term residents get adopted soon! Older cats are usually litter trained, mellow and make wonderful furry friends!!

  • Chris
    April 17, 2012 - 10:51

    Aww I thought for sure Major Tom would get a home. He's gorgeous and sounds great. I have a cat with the same temperament and he's a happy one-cat household cat. Gets along great with the dog (i.e., they ignore each other).

  • Mr.Mom
    April 17, 2012 - 09:02

    @ Ruth - Stop your whinning about caring for your pet. I am sure there are a lot of people in the same boat as you, I for one. The residence of St.John's ARE eligible for assistance in regards to having their pets spayed or neutered at this shelter which takes place certain times of the year but your annual income has to be at a certain amount. Do you expect the City of St.John's to foot the bill for you pets medical ? Sure.....lets all go and ask the City to take care of our vets bills. @ Marg - As I said earlier, the shelter does help with the spaying and neutering of some have to show your income tax return to prove you are in a low income situation to be approved. If you are in a good situation with your income, I guess you can afford it yourself (and no offense, that statement is not directed towards you) Now Ruth on the other hand may be one of those people that can afford it but just chooses to whine about it.

  • Ruth
    April 17, 2012 - 08:04

    It' t oo bad that vets and vet hospitals are more buisness orientated than perhaps they should be. My rescue puppy has to go three times now for shots but when I had my last dog we went once, granted that was 16 years ago. Each time there is a $61 fee to take his temp and heart rate, 3 weeks apart this is. Next, the ridiculous cost of having him neutered as residents of St. John's are not eligible for assistance. For heavens sake, help us help these poor,, desparate souls!

  • Wally
    April 17, 2012 - 07:41

    This is Great to see, keep up the great work !!!!i have adopted 2 cats from there and they are so happy in their new home

  • Marg
    April 17, 2012 - 07:28

    Ohhhh, this is wonderful news. It's just too bad that there are not free services to have a pet spayed or neutered; then the population of unwanted helpless cats and dogs wouldn't be such a huge issue.