A warm spring led to a boom in Toronto's cat population and now more of them than usual are roaming the streets, pushing the city's animal shelters over capacity.
As many as 300,000 cats are on Toronto's streets, said Barbara Steinhoff with the Toronto Humane Society. In a given year there are between 100,000 and 300,000 cats without homes and this year it's at the extreme high end of that range, she said.
"Through the spring and summer, with the warm weather, the cats had one more birthing period than we would normally see," she said.
"So we saw a huge influx of kittens coming into the shelter over the summer period."
The city's shelters are full — but still accepting dozens more cats each day — and so are foster homes.