What Happens When the SPCA is at Capacity?
If we are at capacity, shelter staff will discuss options with you which will depend on your particular situation. These may include adding your name to our waiting list to be contacted as we have space come open, discussion on other ways to care for the pet in the meantime, and in some cases access to a registry of people looking to take farm cats. Our wait time varies from a few hours to a few weeks depending on what needs to be done to open up capacity – from cleaning of cages to waiting for other pets to move through the quarantine stage. The waitlist may also shrink quickly if those on the list find other placements such as farms or change their mind about surrendering the pet, so we cannot always predict the length of wait.