To bring the Guelph Cat Population Taskforce’s vision to reality, we work to reduce euthanasia of healthy cats in the City of Guelph. We can do this by: educating the community to value cats and practice responsible cat ownership, using research to guide best practices, increasing adoption of cats into safe and loving homes, providing accessible spay/neuter services, and sustainably managing the number of unowned/community cats and their impact on our environment.
The Guelph Cat Population Taskforce’s vision is for a healthy community that values and cares for cats and balances the welfare of all species.
The GCPT values the humane treatment of cats, healthy human/animal relationships, community-based collaboration, and science-based solutions to support community wellbeing and animal health.
The primary goal of the GCPT is to engage the community in discussion around strategies for cat population management. The taskforce is working together towards a future where euthanasia of healthy adoptable cats does not occur in our community. The GCPT will seek to employ tools that address accessible spay/neuter, increased adoption of cats and humane education (with a focus on responsible pet ownership), and sustainable management of unowned/community cats in the community to achieve the following goals:
1. Only 44% of cats brought into Canadian shelters are adopted out. The taskforce will work to increase that percentage dramatically by reducing the quantity of cats entering local shelters and increasing the number of adoptions to safe and loving homes so that supply is a better match for community demand.
2. Of the animals surrendered to shelters across Canada, less than half of one percent were spayed or neutered. This taskforce will work to increase the percentage of sterilized cats in the community, whether owned or unowned/community cats.
3. The population of owned cats in Canada is growing at a rate faster than the number of households across the country. This taskforce will work to educate the community about responsible cat ownership and ownership commitment as a first line of defense to reduce surrenders and stray cats.
4. The taskforce will develop a regional cat population estimate method to determine the regional homeless-at-large and feral cat populations, as a key step towards determining methods to better manage cat overpopulation in the community.
5. The taskforce will work collaboratively to ensure that the number of unowned/community cats living in the city is sustainable and will balance the welfare of all species with their impact on the environment and ecosystem.