By Justin Seward - Lethbridge Herald on December 19, 2023.
The Last Chance Cat Ranch is still seeing a greater need in finding homes for unwanted animals.
“This year is especially bad with stray cats right now,” said Kennedy McCooy, an organization volunteer.
“So that need is really high. We get dozens of messages every day from people saying, ‘hey we found this cat, can you help?’ We have usually a wait list for our intake process. It’s probably 50 or 60 cats deep right now. So we’re just kind of on waiting list to bring the cats in when we have the space.”
Financial stress is a factor for people to turn their cats in.
“It’s definitely not cheap between vet care and then food and all that,” she said.
“Especially with the inflation right now, things are more expensive than they have been.”
Another factor is a change in people’s lives.
“We’ve had lots of people saying that they had kids and the kids are allergic,” she said.
The organization also gets owner surrenders.
“Which isn’t the biggest priority for us because those ones at least we know are safe for now,” said McCooy.
“It’s really those homeless cats that we try to help first and foremost.”
Last Chance Cat Ranch always seem to be over-capacity, McCooy said.
“I think between the main facility and in the fosters, we have over 100 cats right now,” said McCooy noting spaying and neutering helps with a lot of issues.
The organization is looking for more fosters because its system has reached maximum capacity.
The organization held it’s Christmas craft and bake sale on Saturday at the Lethbridge Fish and Game Hut with all funds going to pay vet bills, and purchases supplies and food.
McCooy says the Christmas fundraiser usually brings in a couple of thousand dollars for the organization which usually holds a sale on the third Saturday of every month.