Find out more about Project Sphinx:
Project Sphinx is recognized by the government as a charitable
non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and
welfare of animals. (Registration Number: 863505442RR0001)
Johanne founded Project Sphinx over 10 years ago. Throughout
the years, other people have joined her team. Every member
of the team is a volunteer who gives whatever time they
have. All are motivated and sensitive to the same cause:
the protection of animals.
We are located in Montréal, Québec, Canada
little rescued friends
Our infrastructure allows us to save mostly cats, but we
occasionally save dogs. We have cats of all ages and of
all colours. Kittens are ready for adoption as young as
2-3 months old, but never younger than that, because they
must be weaned before being adopted. They are also vaccinated
and treated for worms.
of the age of 6 months, the cats are sterilized as well
as vaccinated and treated for worms.
Finding a good home, where the animal will be well cared
for, loved and fed, and receive everything needed for its
well-being! SIMPLY giving the animal a REAL second chance
for the rest of its life! Please read our Testimonials page
to find out more about our cats who have been adopted.
Protect animals who are in danger, and rescue them when
they are lost or hurt, or when they have been abandoned
or mistreated. The animals are then treated, sterilized
responsible adoptive homes where they will receive all
the food and care necessary to their well-being.
awareness and educate the public with respect to the well-being
the public about the terrible condition of homeless animals
in Québec and on the importance of having a pet
We do not euthanize our animals, unless they are in too
much pain and there is nothing else that can be done.
Where do the animals stay while
they are waiting to be adopted?
The animals live in foster homes while they are waiting
to be adopted into a loving and responsible adoptive family.
The foster homes are:
who cannot, for the moment, adopt an animal for life;
who already have one or more animals and who can temporarily
care for another animal waiting to be adopted.
homes are doing a great job and we thank them!
As well as offering a temporary home to these abandoned
animals, our foster homes give us the chance to get to know
really well the animal's character and disposition. The
animal will be given all the time required if it needs to
be socialized again and to rebuild its trust in human beings.
Would you like to be a foster home? Contact
Why is there a need for our organization?
There are over 2 million homeless cats in Québec
(vs. 7.5 million citizens). This estimate is probably lower
than the actual number.
Knowing that a feline couple can create a lineage of over
20,000 cats in 4 years (!), the only solution to eradicate
the problem of feline overpopulation is to raise public
awareness about the importance to have a pet sterilized.
There are also hundreds of thousands
of abandoned animals in Quebec each year! When
an animal becomes homeless, it suffers from lack of food,
from diseases to which it suddenly becomes exposed and,
naturally, from all the hardships generated by our country's
Faced with the lack of applied laws to protect animals in
our province, with the inertia of our public institutions
with respect to feline overpopulation and with the suffering
of these homeless animals, animal rescue organizations are
founded and they try, with what little means they have,
to fight this terrible situation which is unacceptable in
a "developed" country such as ours.
How can you adopt one of our cats?
Please check out our Cats for
adoption section to find out more about a few of
our cats who are looking for a home. Fill out the form to
contact us and come see the cats during an adoption day.
We organize regular adoption days (about 3 times per month),
usually on a Saturday morning, on the Plateau in Montreal.
Appointments can be made to visit the cats during the week.
People who are interested in adopting a cat come to see
us to find the cat who is best suited to them. Everyone
has a different lifestyle and we will advise you on the
best cat to suit that lifestyle.
For us, the important thing is that adoptive families are
thrilled with their choice and that the cats live in an
environment that is suitable for them. We will tell you
everything you need to know about a cat's character and
What happens once you have found
We always bring the cats to their future adoptive home.
We also ask for a donation for each adoption. This allows
us to rescue other animals. Your donations are used entirely
to vaccinate, sterilize and feed other abandoned animals.
We usually suggest a donation of $150 to adopt a cat.
This covers only a portion of the cost of the cat's sterilization and vaccination.
For each donation you will receive an income-tax receipt.
If, for whatever reason, the adoption doesn't work out (for
example, if the cat doesn't adapt to another pet), no need
to worry. We will take the animal back without condition.
exactly do the animals come from?
The animals are often found hurt and/or starving.
Their stories are often similar: irresponsible people have
abandoned them because they simply didn't want them anymore
(for example when they move to another house), or they have
not been sterilized and are abandoned with their offspring.
The animals are then often left in the street or a few blocks
away because their owners cannot behave responsibly. These
animals have also often been hurt or tortured, and we have
to rebuild their trust in human beings. Sometimes, we find
pregnant or nursing cats who have been abandoned, even in
the middle of winter.
must all understand
that an animal is not an object
or a toy
that exists to provide a distraction or to match the colour
of our couch! An animal is a living
being capable of feeling emotions such as pain,
sadness and abandonment.
Adopting an animal is
a responsibility. The
animal gives you its trust and its loyalty for its
entire life and in return, it only asks to be
loved and cared for.
You have found an animal and cannot
Unfortunately, we cannot respond to all the urgent requests
We try to do the best that we can, but we are often overwhelmed,
as are most animal rescue organizations (lack of space and
mostly lack of financial means).
If you decide to bring to animal to the Montreal SPCA or
to Berger blanc, it will most likely be euthanized within
a few days.
check out our Info and Links
sections, then contact us,
we will try to provide advice and help you find a solution.
How can we continue our work?
We regularly organize fundraising campaigns to enable
us to continue our work (lotteries, shows, bazaars, etc.).
Visit our site regularly for all the latest information
or subscribe to our newsletter.
Project Sphinx has an urgent need for donations,
we cannot continue our mission without the help of people
who care about the protection of animals and believe in