Rescuing One Cat after Another

Lost, abandoned, discarded, brought in as strays, 'orphaned' when their owners die, surrendered by those no longer able to care for them - that's how they come to be at Hamilton Animal Services (HAS).

These cats of all ages, from new born kittens to wise old felines, and of all breeds, domestic and exotic, have this one thing in common  -  they're all homeless.

Due to many factors, not the least of which is overpopulation, the number arriving is huge, at times exceeding capacity. HAS isn't the only city run shelter in Ontario where cats can find themselves in danger of being euthanized due to overcrowding but it is one of those where the odds of getting out alive have, until very recently, been shockingly bad.


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Obliged to take them all in through the front door but with the resources to house and care for a limited number, the reality is that getting cats out (to make room for more) can become a matter of life and death.

HAS partners with - a no cost service that reunites lost pets with owners. All animals brought in as strays are posted on that site. HAS advises anyone who has lost a pet to check there frequently.

HAS doesn't run an adoption centre but instead works in co-operation with non-profit organizations, including the HBSPCA (whose adoption centre is housed in the same building as HAS) and a number of local and out-of town rescues, that can give the adoptable cats a chance to find homes. As the numbers on the Info Page and the ticker-tape at the bottom of this page show, a large number of HAS cats are getting transferred into the care of these organizations which then provide them with temporary housing (in a foster home or a no-kill shelter), keeping them safe until they're adopted.

But the reality is that these organizations have space limitations too and they all rely entirely on adoption fees and donations to pay their vet bills and other costs. When they fill up (or run low in funds) they have to say "no" to taking more. And even when their doors are closing, the doors at HAS remain open - cages fill up - and tough decisions have to be made.

That's why moving the rescued cats on into loving, permanent homes is so important. Adoption is what keeps the whole rescue operation moving.

Whenever someone comes forward to adopt, it means a happy ending/new beginning for the cat who now has a home and it opens a space for another cat to be rescued.

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Rescue Hamilton Cats (RHC) has three goals:

One cat, another cat, one after another -  saving their lives, finding them homes, that's what RHC is all about.