MA in Environmental Education and Communication (2004 cohort) alumna Barbara Cartwright is the chief executive officer of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, based in Ottawa. Her organization recently released a major report, "Cats in Canada: A Comprehensive Report on the Cat Overpopulation Crisis," which was widely covered in Canadian media. Among their findings were:
- 37 per cent of households in Canada include one or more cats.
- there are an estimated 10.2 million owned cats in Canada and the owned cat population is growing at a rate faster than the number of households across the country.
- Each year in Canada it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of companion animals enter shelters and the vast majority of these are cats
- Cats are less likely to be reunited with their owners than dogs
- Shelters are at or near capacity to care for the cats that arrive at their doors
- It is projected that more than 600,000 homeless cats in Canadian shelters did not find new homes in 2011.
- Euthanasia is the starkest outcome of cat overpopulation.
- At this point, if large-scale, targeted action is not taken, the cat overpopulation problem will worsen