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SPCA still allows adoption for outdoors cats

Zippy, 5, is looking for a home. Zippy is an indoor/outdoor cat who doesn’t stray. In her previous home, she liked to lie on the back porch. Zippy needs a place, preferably with adults, and no other cats. A small dog that is cat savy is fine. - Colleen Flanagan/The News
Zippy, 5, is looking for a home. Zippy is an indoor/outdoor cat who doesn’t stray. In her previous home, she liked to lie on the back porch. Zippy needs a place, preferably with adults, and no other cats. A small dog that is cat savy is fine.
— image credit: Colleen Flanagan/The News

You can still adopt a good barn cat from the Maple Ridge SPCA – possibly as soon as today.

Local SPCA Branch manager Jennifer York is concerned that some “negative press” in the daily media is going to discourage farmers or stable owners from seeking a mouser there. This week’s reports that the SPCA will now only allow cats to be adopted as indoor pets are greatly exaggerated, said York.

“We allow cats to be indoor/outdoor,” explained York.

“It’s never an outright‘no, it’s about finding the right match. An anxious cat might not be a good outdoor cat.”

She said the Maple Ridge SPCA will also allow a feline with the right independent personality to be adopted as a traditional barn cat.

“But mice can’t be their only source of food,” she said.  Even cats must be assured warm shelter, regular feeding, human company and veterinary care, she said.

“Fending for themselves in a wood pile is not going to cut it,” York said. “We have some now that would be fantastic candidates for barn cats. It always depends on the cat.”

People can also adopt cats to be indoor/outdoor pets, but she said cat owners should expect more frequent veterinary care for outdoor pets. They are more apt to come into contact with fleas and parasites, and also get into cat fights.

Conversely, people who keep their pets indoors need to offer more “enrichment,” she said.

“Lots of play time, and lots of changing up the toys – cats are clever and bored easily.”

It’s all about matching the feline personality to the new owner’s lifestyle. The SPCA Maple Ridge Branch is hosting a pub night fundraiser on April 11 at The Well (in the new Community Gaming Centre).

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $20 and includes a meal, beverage and entry for a door prize. Tickets are available at the shelter.

“It should be a good night,” predicts York.

The SPCA branch in Maple Ridge is “overflowing” with dogs, having 12 adult dogs available for adoption.

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