The following is an important press release on the subject of animal welfare. Please share with anyone who has a cat and individuals who might want to give a donation to help us rescue some poor felines who face the prospect of a frigid winter outdoors. The picture is below is of baby kittens we rescued and found homes for.
Owners of outdoor cats in Côte Saint-Luc can now pick up their license tags at City Hall (5801 Cavendish).
The City of Côte Saint-Luc adopted its first ever cat licensing by-law recently. It came into effect on November 1, 2012. Owners of outdoor cats must have them registered at City Hall and obtain a cat identification tag, provide relevant information required to process the registration of the cat and produce, on a one-time basis, a certificate from their veterinarian stipulating that the cat has been spayed or neutered. This pertains to any cat six months of age or older.
Annual registration fees will be $10 for an outdoor cat that is spayed or neutered and which bears a microchip or a tattoo; $15 for an outdoor cat that is spayed or neutered, but does not bear a microchip or tattoo; and $20 for an outdoor cat that is not spayed or neutered as a result of a medical exemption. The latter alludes to a feline 10 calendar years or older or one that has a medical exemption from the veterinarian attesting to the fact that it cannot be spayed or neutered,
For this initial registration period, the cat identification tags will be valid until June 30, 2014.
City Councillor Mike Cohen, the city’s official liaison to the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee(CSLCC), is urging the owners of outdoor cats to kindly respect this by-law and immediately purchase their identification tags. It is the only way members of the CSLCC, who regularly capture abandoned cats, to know if they belong to someone. Fines will be issued to cat owners not complying with the by-law. They will range from a minimum of $40 to a maximum of $1,200.
Councillor Cohen is also sending out a plea to animal lovers to send donations to Educhat, the CLSCC’s partner in the Trap, Neuter and Release/Adopt Program. “As the calendar year draws to a close we have become overwhelmed with calls to trap homeless cats,” he said. “With the cold winter approaching, we want to capture as many as possible. Our regular budgetary allocation has run out and we are asking the public to lend a hand.”
Donations can be made online at www.educhat.ca or by mail : PO Box 212, 6897 Cote St. Luc Road Montreal, Quebec, H4W 1J0.
The committee has just come across a situation whereby an elderly woman who was feeding 12 homeless cats in her backyard moved. Because the cats are familiar with the area and will not seek food anywhere else, the committee has recruited a team of volunteers to go feed these cats daily.The committee is also seeking individuals who are willing to adopt or foster homeless cats, many of which are baby kittens.
For more information call 514-485-6800 ext. CATS or log on to www.cotesaintluc.org/cats.