It was the start of a long, painful and frustrating year for a pet owner in a small town in northern Ontario, who is facing a long wait for her cat.
The owner is one of the thousands of Canadians with an allergy to cats.
“I had one of my cats, a cat named Flat Head, with a cat allergy, and I couldn’t get him to eat and that was just terrible,” said Mariah Stoll.
“When he had a cold, he was very cold, very miserable and had trouble breathing, and we couldn’t put him down, so I had to have him put him into the cat house and that’s when he developed a serious reaction to the medication.”
Stoll said she spent $6,000 on a cat inhaler and her cat food.
When she got the cat back, she was able to get the medication back.
She said the medication helped her cat feel better, and was a relief for her.
Stoll says she also learned about a program called Cats for Health in the U.S.
The program works with small businesses and organizations to offer allergy services to their employees.
They provide cat food and cat toys and a cat carrier.
Stolls said the program has helped her and other pet owners.
“I know there are many others like me who are not quite as lucky,” she said.
The federal government is trying to help these pet owners get a second chance at their pets.
The government is proposing legislation to allow businesses to give cats and dogs free allergy treatment, in exchange for their help in finding new homes for the animals.
A number of states and provinces have also proposed legislation to make the medication more affordable for pet owners, or to allow pet owners to buy medication in bulk.
But the federal government has not proposed legislation in Canada.
A spokesperson for the federal Health Minister said the government is reviewing the legislation.