So it’s Canada Day and there’s something new to celebrate here at the Chirpy Cats house. Earlier this year I took my Oath of Citizenship after living in Canada for 9 years as a permanent resident. So now I’m officially a South African-Canadian. Having lived in other countries too for many years, such as the UK, Ireland, and Switzerland, and of course my birth country, South Africa, I sometimes feel like a citizen of the world. But living in Canada brought many good things into my life. Yes, just look at my clowder of nine cats!Read More
Canada day is also “moving day” in the province of Quebec, Canada, where leases expire and there is a mass exodus of people moving to their new apartments. Great news if your new lease allows you to bring your pet with you. But not so great if you are faced with the gut-wrenching decision of having to give up your cat or dog due to a no-pet clause. This is common in Quebec where only 4.2% of landlords accept dogs and pet-friendly accommodation is very hard to come by.
According to the Montreal SPCA, during the months surrounding moving day, July 1st, the number of animals abandoned at The SPCA nearly triples, from around 600 a month to approximately 1600.