FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2022
PEI Humane Society hits capacity & asks the public to apply to adopt online
If you’re looking to adopt a new pet, the PEI Humane Society says now is the time. With almost 200 animals in care, shelter staff are asking for the public to apply online rather than dropping into the shelter. This is to lessen animal stress in an already busy environment.
PEI’s only animal shelter has been limiting intakes of small animals like rabbits for the last several months, but staff say they’re close to needing to limit all intakes if the current situation does not improve.
“This year has been one for the record books,” says Ashley Travis, development and communications coordinator for the PEI Humane Society. “We set a record in 2021 with over 1,500 intakes, and we’re on track to surpass that number before Christmas.”
“We operate using a Capacity for Care model,” says Travis. “This means that we try to keep the shelter below 80% full to ensure we can care for our animals and maintain disease control measures. We’re teetering beyond 80% lately and it’s making operations challenging.”
The shelter says only approved adopters will be contacted after submitting an online application. Those unable to adopt but wishing to provide support can donate funds for animal care via the shelter’s website or apply online to be a foster volunteer.
About the PEIHS: The PEI Humane Society is a not-for-profit organization that operates the Island’s only shelter for lost, injured and homeless companion animals.
Mission: “To advance animal welfare protection province-wide aligned to the Animal Welfare Act, and champion best practices in prevention, sheltering, and placement of companion animals.” For more information regarding the Society’s programs and services, visit www.peihumanesociety.com.
Development and Communications Coordinator, PEI Humane Society