Programs/Alternatives

What do you do when your adoption service has no more room?

We have the good fortune of having some remarkable partners to help us relocate animals. We work with pet shops that are concerned about animal welfare and want to help shelters struggling with over-population problems. We also work with “rescue networks” that place animals with foster families or keep them at their own establishments until they have found a new family.

Do you have foster families?

At this time, we have a foster family program for exotic pets, adult cats and orphaned kittens or kittens with their mothers. The program gives kittens a chance to grow until they have reached an appropriate age for adoption. We have not yet had to develop a foster family program for dogs.

What happens with feral cats that are healthy, but unsocial?

Some cats have never had (or very few) contacts with humans. They cannot be placed in a family environment. For these feral cats, the only option is to continue to live outside. These cats are sterilized, vaccinated and returned outside where they were found. By sterilizing these cats, we can reduce the fighting, noise, spraying, urine smells and the birth of new kittens.

I want to help the shelter. What can I do?

To help us, you can volunteer your time and energy. Please read our section on volunteering or write us at pdurocher@animauxrive-sud.com for more information. You can also become a shelter ambassador by making your family members, friends, colleagues and other acquaintances more aware of the importance of animal welfare.

Why do your pets placed with pet shops cost more?

Our partnership with selected pet shops enables us to adopt out a greater number of cats. These pet shops have made the ethical choice to receive shelter cats to help with our cause. However, they are for-profit organizations and have to set prices that cover their infrastructure costs. SARS, for its part, is in a very different situation: thanks to our partner municipalities’ contributions and their decision to offer superior animal control services, along with generous public donations and the many hours put in by our volunteers, we are able to give many animals a second chance while maintaining affordable adoption rates.