Pet adoptions rise at Sault Humane Society

Sault Ste. Marie –

Cats, dogs and other critters in Sault Ste. Marie Humane Society has a little more room after an active month of adoptions. Animal shelter staff say it has been a difficult year with repeated closures linked to the pandemic.

It was only last month that the Humane Society took care of more than 100 cats, around 40 dogs and a number of smaller animals. However, it’s a little less cramped now after a peak in adoptions in December.

“We had 59 cat adoptions this month and eight dog adoptions,” said Lauren Smith, animal care and control officer for the Company.

“Instead of blasting overcapacity all the way, we’re sitting just below capacity right now. Which is a nice place after the last six months.”

With the surge in adoptions happening over the holidays, Smith said they’ve taken steps to ensure pets aren’t adopted as gifts.

“We select Christmas presents a lot,” Smith said. “We make sure all the families in the house know about it – there are no surprise Christmas presents. We don’t believe it.”

She said COVID-19 protocols made the adoption process a bit longer, but people were mostly sympathetic.

“We just need the request, (it) needs to be approved in advance, and then we invite you to meet the animals,” Smith said.

“We want you to choose the right member of your family and it just takes a little more work than before. But, at the end of the day, we are seeing positive adoption results because so far it has not been there is almost no return. “

Along with the increase in cat and dog adoptions, the shelter’s critter population has declined.

“We only have a few critters left internally – and a duck for some reason,” Smith said. “He got lost somehow and we’re not sure what we’re going to do with the duck.

Due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases, the Society is open by appointment only at this time.

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