December 20, 2011
HSI Canada Applauds Montreal for Moving Towards Municipally Run Animal Services
New publicly-funded program promotes more responsible pet ownership
MONTREAL — Humane Society International/Canada commends the recent decision by Montreal to launch a municipally-run animal services program to reduce pet overpopulation and euthanasia and promote responsible pet ownership. The publicly funded program comes as HSI Canada closes the largest emergency dog shelter operation in Canadian history near Montreal.
“For far too long, Montreal’s for-profit animal control model has sacrificed animal welfare for the bottom line,” said Lauren Scott, campaigner for Humane Society International/Canada. “The move towards a municipally-run program in Montreal is a critical first step to provide adequate care and service for companion animals on the island.”
The new proposed program will include mandatory licensing, stronger enforcement and higher fines, further harmonization of Montreal’s 19 boroughs and possibly a centralized shelter with subsidized sterilization, microchip ID services and licensing.
Earlier this year, HSI Canada worked as a member of Regroupement pour la Protection des Animaux du Québec, an umbrella organization comprised of leading animal welfare organizations, community groups, legal experts, veterinarians and other stakeholders to improve the Province’s animal welfare standards. R-PAQ called for a move from enforcement to prevention, from “animal control” to “animal services,” in an effort to break the cycle of unwanted, surplus companion animals to make more effective use of citizens’ tax dollars and to reform legislation at every level.
HSI Canada urges Montreal’s 19 boroughs and the 15 cities on the island to support a non-profit model which sets out clear protocols to encourage affordable sterilization, licensing and promotes responsible pet ownership. Providing the necessary funding will also be essential in ensuring a functional and successful animal services program with the goal of reducing pet overpopulation.
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Humane Society International/Canada is a leading force for animal protection, representing tens of thousands of members and constituents across the country. HSI Canada has active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammal preservation and farm animal welfare. HSI/Canada is proud to be a part of Humane Society International—one of the largest animal protection organizations in the world, with more than 11 million members and constituents globally—on the Web at hsicanada.ca.