Another rescue of an abandoned cat has the Drumheller & District Humane Society overloaded with cats and kittens alike.

A local couple was out hiking with their dog when they came across a small cat that was not moving and barely breathing. The cat, now named Skye, was taken in by the couple. The cat regained some strength after being fed and was placed in a foster home where he is continuing to heal. The Humane Society said that due to the area he was found in, they suspect he was abandoned.

Unfortunately, Humane Society Spokeswoman, Deb Busse, is far too familiar with this story.

"We have seen an increase this year. There are a lot of kitties and a lot of the shelters are full. We are (full), and we have been getting them from farm areas," said Busse.

She went on to say that farmers are usually very good for taking care of farm cats because if the cats don't have proper vaccinations, a disease could spread to livestock.

Most of the cats that have been found or rescued by the society have been cats that have been abandoned and are not feral in the slightest.

"It is sad because these guys are so forlorn. They are sad when they come in, and once they realize that they are being cared for and loved, they really blossom. That is our reward, seeing them come through with flying colours means so much to us," continued Busse.

Busse reiterated that there are services available for those who are struggling with keeping a cat, and that abandonment should never be an option.

"There are resources that are out there to help people. If it is a feral animal, we have contacts. If it is a fairly tame animal, we find a foster home, we will take it in the shelter if we have room. But again, there are agencies out there that can give advice and help. We try and help as much as we can,"  urged Busse.

If you are interested in these resources, you can call the Drumheller and District Humane Society at (403) 823- 8999.

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