The Cat Clinic runs a foster cat program. These cats are normally rescued from Hamilton Animal Services or are brought to us by our clients. Many of these cats come to us as sick or injured strays. Although the waiting list can be long, these cats stay with us until they are well and we find them a new home.
They are spayed or neutered, have had the full initial year vaccination series, de-wormed, de-fleaed, microchipped, have a negative fecal and are tested for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) before they go to their new homes. They also come with six weeks of free pet insurance.
We prefer to set up adoptions with our clients, but will consider anyone who will provide a safe and loving home. We have an adoption application and an adoption fee to confirm a family's long term commitment to their new pet. All of our adoptions are initially on a trial basis so if for any reason the cat cannot stay with his new owner they must be returned to us. For the most up to date information on our current available adoptees please see our Cats for Adoption page as well as following our Facebook listing.
As part of our continuing commitment to the Hamilton community and to all felines The Cat Clinic participates in a street cat program with the Hamilton SPCA in addition to having our own foster cat program in hospital.
The Cat Clinic, with the help of the HSPCA, pioneered the first feral cat program in the Hamilton area. As one of the main supporters, The Cat Clinic and our sister clinic The Village Cat Clinic in Ancaster have both set aside part of a surgical day every week to support this program. Now officially called The Street Cat Program, it is a trap and release program where wild, undomesticated cats are humanely trapped and transported to the clinic where they are evaluated, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, defleaed and de-wormed.
After this is done they are taken back to the original colony site where they are released back into their familiar territory and placed under the lifelong care of volunteers. Feral cats that are not spayed or neutered reproduce at an alarming rate; normally each individual feline will produce multiple litters each year. Without human intervention, many feral cats have short, painful lives and often die from disease, malnutrition, exposure, trauma, or predation. Adult feral cats are not suited to living indoors with people as they usually cannot be tamed.
We acknowledge that the safest place for domestic cats is indoors; however, because of the overpopulation crisis, there simply aren't enough available homes. The Cat Clinic feels the only humane and effective way to both control the feral cat population and give the feral cats a chance at healthier lives is through Trap and Release programs.