With temperatures plunging across Alberta, furry friends without a home are in serious danger. One of the biggest threats to stray animals this time of year is a lack of shelter -- especially when temperature fall into double-digit negatives.
At the Drumheller & District Humane Society, Office Manager Debbie Busse said that demand for a spot at the shelter is at an all-time high as warm-hearted people rescue homeless cats and bring them to the Humane Society.
"We're getting calls everyday," said Busse. "We're full, and we only have so much room that we can maintain the shelter with, and it's a huge problem."
Because the shelter is full, Busse asks that people look for alternatives, including caring for the cat at your own home until space opens up.
"If there's an animal that is a stray in your area, possibly look at what you can do: provide that shelter, provide the food."
Faced with a lack of space and the potential for over-crowding, the Humane Society is looking for a solution, including a new building.
"The biggest thing is that we want that new building," explained Busse. "We want to get so that we can maintain more kitties. Cat populations are increasing, our costs are increasing, and if we can get something happening with the building, that would be awesome."
In the meantime, Busse asks that people keep rescuing stray cats and remember to check for strays before starting your vehicle this winter, in case a cat has taken up residence on one of your tires.