Cat shelter pilot initiative

Residents are expected to be responsible for their pet. Stray or abandoned cats are an ongoing issue in Strathcona County, and a cat shelter does not currently exist in the County.

In response, Strathcona County is inviting a non-profit animal rescue organization to operate a cat shelter in Sherwood Park, as part of a 12-month pilot project.

OPEN NOW: Applicants are invited to review the Invitation to Apply for more information. Note: interested parties must complete and submit the questionnaire and acknowledgement letter (pages 5-7 of the document) demonstrating their qualifications. The questionnaire and acknowledgement letter must be submitted by April 15, 2022 at 2 p.m.  Cat Shelter Invitation to Apply document (570.1 KB)

Partnership roles

Non-for profit operator role

The non-profit organization partner will operate the local cat shelter during the 12-month pilot. They will use their expertise to:

  • promote responsible cat ownership
  • promote cat identification
  • support spay and neuter programs
  • offer animal care education to cat owners
  • provide care and return/home lost and stray cats.

This pilot shelter is only for cats.

County role

Investing $100,000 for a 12-month pilot project to support:

  •  start-up costs for the pilot project shelter;
    • lease space
    • initial equipment needs
    • remaining funds to support staff wages
  • collect data and report findings


  1. Interested non-profit animal rescue organizations are invited to complete and submit the questionnaire and acknowledgement letter (pages 5-7 in the PDF document below), demonstrating their qualifications by April 15, 2022 at 2 p.m.  Cat shelter Invitation to Apply document (570.1 KB)
  2. Once the successful applicant is chosen, Strathcona County will announce the successful partner and timelines for the opening and operation of the pilot project cat shelter.
  3. Once the pilot project cat shelter is open, Strathcona County will gather data to inform the possibility of a permanent cat shelter.
  4. After one year of operation, Council will receive a report for review.

Next steps

While the licensing of domestic cats is not currently required in Strathcona County, this pilot partnership will provide the County with valuable information for promoting responsible cat ownership in the future.

Once the successful partner is chosen, the County will work with the partner to develop a community outreach strategy. The strategy will include a public component that will share this initiative’s approach and next steps.  


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Last updated: Tuesday, March 29, 2022
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