In an effort to improve the “return to owner” rate for cats that are allowed to roam outdoors, the Sarnia & District Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is initiating a program which we are calling the SPCA IDENTA CAT Program.
It is a longstanding concern that many cats are found straying without identification that would allow owners to be notified if their pets are found by citizens or Animal Control. In response, the SPCA Board of Directors has allocated funds for a special campaign to issue collars and tags to cat owners.
How the program will work:
The purpose of the program is to encourage owners to realize they can do something to help the Society and Animal Control return their pets if they stray. Once the funds allotted for this special introductory campaign are used up, the IDENTA CAT program will continue with a fee that will recover the Society’s costs for the collars and tags.
During the introductory campaign, collars and tags will be available at:
Veterinary Clinics in Sarnia-Lambton Sarnia & District SPCA shelter at 131 Exmouth St., Sarnia
The Society realizes there are some limitations to this type of program because the tags can only be checked during shelter hours. Possibly the ultimate in identity technology is that supplied through “Pet Net.” In that system, a microchip placed under the animal’s skin can be scanned by an instrument that reads the number of the chip. There is a 24-hour toll-free phone number that can be called to find the animal’s owner, provided the owner’s information has been kept up to date. These microchips are available for implant at veterinary clinics for a fee. Much of the cost of microchipping is for maintenance of the database and the 24-hour call service. It has been suggested that the Society should microchip all animals that are adopted from the shelter. However, the added costs would make our adoption fee higher.
Cat owners are still advised that the best protection for their pet is to make it an “inside cat” if possible. Since we know that many people are resistant to keeping their cats indoors all the time and there is no licensing bylaw for cats in our area, we considerIDENTA CAT to be a beginning, at least, to help avoid the problem of having no way to trace stray cats.
We applaud those owners who have elected to keep their cats indoors or to only let them out supervised on a leash.
City of Sarnia 519-332-0330 (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm)
519-344-8861 (Sarnia Police – after 5:00pm and weekends) St. Clair Twp 519-867-2021 Plympton Twp 519-845-3939 Point Edward 519-337-3021
519-336-8691 (OPP – after 5:00pm and weekends) Dawn – Euphemia Twp 519-692-5148 Lambton Shores 519-786-2335 Aamjiwnaang First Nation 519-339-8824
Parkhill 519-294-0232 (Lobo Animal Centre) Petrolia 519-882-2350 Wallaceburg 519-627-6722 Glenco Pound 519-287-2974 Lobo