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Humane Societies around Toronto are overrun with cats and climate change is to blame.
According to the Star: Milder weather in cold seasons means cats are outdoors more, doing what comes naturally, say animal workers on the frontlines. The result is a population explosion that's stretching GTA pounds and shelters beyond their limits. "We've been racking our brains to figure out why we're seeing more cats in January and February," says Lee Oliver, spokesperson for the Toronto Humane Society. "Now we realize the spike in kittens and strays is because of the weather."
It's a trend that's developed over the past two or three years, said Kathy Duncan, manager of animal services for Oshawa. "When I came here 17 years ago, there was a clear breeding pattern of litters in spring and late summer/early fall. But now kittens are arriving much earlier. We're seeing newborns in January." ::The Star