With a recent deluge of summer kittens, the Moose Jaw Humane Society is implementing an intake freeze on cats. 

“Our isolation area is chock full, and our adoption area is chock full,” explained Dana Haukaas, executive director of the Moose Jaw Humane Society. 

“We’ve had very few kittens until the last two weeks, and now we are inundated with kittens. We have some of the cutest little babies waiting to find their forever homes.” 

Haukaas added that while kitten season typically starts in April, it didn’t happen for them in earnest until June. “You know, where maybe we would have had this number of kittens come in, but it would have been spread out over the last two months, they’re all here all at the same time.” 

Haukaas spoke about what people should do if they come across a cat outdoors during the intake freeze. “If a cat looks healthy and well fed, if they’re wearing a collar - the best chance for them to find their way home is for you to just leave them.” 

She added that you can call the Moose Jaw Humane Society to check a cat for a microchip to help it find its way home. “We can give the owner a call and tell them to pick their cat up.” 

Anyone interested in adopting a furry friend can visit the Adoption tab on the Moose Jaw Humane Society’s website to see the currently adoptable animals.  

Fostering is also an option for cats and dogs, and Haukaas said they never have enough foster families. “We actually have a dog that needs to be fostered, and we’ve reached out to everybody that is on our foster list and we haven’t been able to find anybody.” 

There’s a form to fill out to foster on the MJHS website.  

You can also help the MJHS in their fundraising efforts. There are five days left in their 4 Paws Lottery, with the winner getting a grand prize of $10,000. “There’s still a few tickets available. Those can be purchased in person at the shelter, over the phone with a credit card, or you can purchase online.” 

Haukaas said you can even grab a ticket at their booth during Sidewalk Days at the bottom of Main Street. The draw date is July 8, 2024 at noon.