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Why cats and kittens make great pets

Image courtesy of Gualberto107 / FreeDigitalPhotos.netIf you’re already a “cat person”, you don’t need to be convinced that a cat or kitten makes a great pet! But anyone can learn to love cats, and for modern lifestyles, choosing to adopt a cat or kitten is a relatively low maintenance pet choice, particularly if you do not have a large outdoor area.

Cats and kittens are easy to care for!
Cats look after themselves much of the time. Of course they need daily feeding and lots of love, but they’re also capable of being very independent creatures. Cats are particularly good for owners who don’t have the time or the physical capability to take daily walks.

Cats and kittens are the perfect pets for indoors or outdoors!
Cats and kittens are very adaptable to any living environment. As long as they get plenty of sun & cozy sleep time, they can live indoors or outdoors. That makes them the perfect pet for apartment dwellers. (Just check with your landlord first!)

Cats and kittens have real personality!
Cats have as much personality as humans! Every cat is different, and part of the adventure of being a cat owner is finding out your cat’s quirks – its favourite place to stretch out, where it likes to be rubbed, what puts it in a good or bad mood.

Grown-up or not, cats and kittens are always happy to have a loving human companion. And they don’t care how old, young, messy or presentable you are – so don’t hold back! Come and find your fur-buddy today!

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Missing a cat or dog?

We completely understand that having your pet go missing is worrying – and you’re anxious to get the word out there to try and find it. Unfortunately, we regularly get texts or emails with the minimum of information “I’ve lost my dog – if you find him let me know”
If you contact us about your missing pet, we’re more than happy to try and help – but, please, make sure you give us as much information as possible. This should include your contact info, your pet’s name and description, where and when the animal went missing (this is important!) and if it’s wearing a collar/tag/is microchipped. We get lots of calls from all over the southwest, and it is important we have the information needed to try and reunite pets with their humans. Thanks!

emergency_stickerHelp keep our pets safe!

If you are unfortunate enough to have an emergency at your home, the last thing you want is to worry about your pets. These self-adhesive decals help alert the Emergency Responders that you have pets inside, and allow them to take the appropriate action. You can get these decals (a set of two – one for the front and one for the back of your home) by sending a stamped, self-addressed #10 envelope (approx. 9½” x 4″) to the Swift Current SPCA, Box 1163, Swift Current S9H 3X3. These are available at NO COST, although if you wanted to enclose a small donation, it would be appreciated!

Hot cars

Dogs die in hot cars

Now that warmer weather is at last with us, it’s not too soon to remember just how bad it can be for our canine friends. Everyone’s opened a car door and been amazed by how much hotter it is than outside — but you may not realize exactly how hot a car can get. When it’s 22 degrees, a car in direct sun can quickly reach an internal temperature of 46 degrees. Even in the shade, a car can be 10 to 20 degrees hotter than outdoors, and cracking the window has almost no effect.

Dogs don’t have sweat glands all over their bodies like humans do, so the main way they can cool off is by panting, which isn’t very efficient. Once a dog’s body temperature gets over about 40°c — normal temperature is around 38°c — the result can be everything from nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage, systemic organ failure, and it happens fast, within a matter of minutes.

Please, leave your dog at home on hot days.

Click here to download a printable colour copy of our Hot Car flyer
Click here to download a printable black & white copy of our Hot Car flyer

Why that “Free” pet isn’t really free…

Adopting a pet from a Shelter – any Shelter – is a great step in the right direction. But why should you spend money on adoption fees when your “friend” has free animals to give away? Sounds like a deal until you think about it. Just like getting a car is not the end of the costs, all pets require some on-going expenditure to keep them healthy and safe. Our adoption fees cover initial health check, spay or neuter and vaccinations – all of which, as a responsible pet owner, you would be responsible for if you get that free pet. These veterinary costs alone could be as much as $600.00 – when you adopt from us, it’s all included! Not only would you save money by adopting from us, you would be giving a loving home to a deserving animal!

Adopt a Senior Cat or Dog!

Many people automatically think of a puppy or kitten when they are considering adopting a pet. They’re warm and cuddly, and everyone wants to hold and pet them. But puppies and kittens demand patience and energy to help them become wonderful family members and companions. Older dogs or cats, however, can be as cute and lovable, and they often come with many wonderful qualities that youngsters take years to grow into.

Maybe you are reluctant to adopt a senior pet because you fear that your time with your new best friend will be short, bringing that painful time of loss closer. But the privilege of loving a senior dog or cat makes every single day special, as you and your companion share love, friendship, and a special relationship that grows stronger with the knowledge that you have given this fine old feller a second chance at life. The love that grows from this knowledge is stronger than the pain of eventual separation.
So spread the word! Adopting a senior dog or cat is a wonderful experience for you both. You will gain a faithful companion. You will save a life. And don’t forget, senior dogs or cats and senior people bring out the best in each other. They make great friends!

  • When senior pets are adopted, they seem to understand that they’ve been rescued, and are all the more thankful for it.
  • A senior pet’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know if he or she is a good fit for your family.
  • A senior pet may very well already know basic household etiquette!
  • Senior cats are often already litter trained and are less likely to “forget” where the box is.
  • Senior dogs know that great outdoors is for eliminating and the house is for relaxing. Your carpet will last longer with a senior dog.
  • A senior pet won’t grow any larger, so you’ll know exactly how big an animal you’re getting!
  • Speaking of relaxing, senior pets make great napping buddies.
  • Senior animals are some of the hardest to find homes for — so when you adopt a senior cat or dog, you’re truly saving a life.

There is also a substantial reduction in the adoption fee for any of our senior cats and dogs

A Test Drive?

Let’s face it, not every animal would be a good fit for you. But we’ve also seen some unexpected matches of the most unlikely pets and people. Hence our Test Drive program. Ok, so you don’t actually drive them, but we think you know what we mean – take your potential pet home and see how things work out. Give it a fair go – don’t expect too much too soon. And if it doesn’t work out, bring them back to us with no hard feelings – we want them to go to the right home, both for the animal and the humans. So if you’re looking for a furry Ferrari or a purring Porsche, we have several racey models on the lot now. Why not drop by for a test drive?

SPCA Swift Current is a local organization dedicated to finding responsible caring life-long homes for lost, abandoned or unwanted animals. This includes preventing unwanted litters by incorporating spaying and neutering in all of our animals’ adoption fees. We are not funded by the provincial or federal government, nor are we connected or affiliated to any other shelter. We are a no-kill facility. We do not euthanize animals solely for space – only in rare cases of severe medical issues or aggression.

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We are looking for Foster Homes!

Being a foster parent to an animal in need of a little TLC can be a very rewarding experience. Some of the homeless animals that come into our shelter have a hard time adjusting to life at the shelter while they wait for their new homes. By placing them in a foster home, it allows us to give an interested adopter a better insight into the animal’s likes and dislikes, good or bad habits, and its ability to get along with children and other pets. When the animal is adopted out there is a less chance it will be returned to the shelter for some underlying problem that would go undetected at the shelter. There are many ways someone can foster an animal. If you are interested in helping, please call the Shelter at 773-1806, or send us an email requesting an application form to info@spcaswiftcurrent.com
Find out about our foster Angels program here

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