YOU'RE MOVING ! HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN ABOUT ME ?

MONTREAL, June 5, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - For the ninth consecutive year the Ville de Montréal and the Société québécoise pour la défense des animaux (SQDA) are asking pet owners to act responsibly and civic-mindedly in order to lessen the number of animals abandoned during the moving period.

Statistics concerning household pets are a cause for concern: between 40 % and 50 % of Montrealers own a household pet and, while cats and dogs usually live for more than 10 years, their owners keep them on average for 19 months. As well, owners abandon their pets more frequently during the moving period.

Mr. Richard Deschamps, Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee, responsible for services to citizens, considers it crucial that pet owners be made more aware of their own accountability: "Too many animals are abandoned in Montréal, whether during the moving period or throughout the rest of the year. This contributes to animal overpopulation across our territory and inflates euthanasia statistics. Within the next few months, the boroughs will strengthen their by-laws and our administration will establish frameworks designed to encourage pet owners to properly identify and sterilize their animals. Montrealers must also be part of the solution."

For his part, Mr. Alan DeSousa, Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee, said that pet owners have an obligation to find their animals new homes should the desire or the need to do so arise: "It is cruel to abandon your animal in the streets or in the wild. It will, in most cases, die from exposure or of starvation or illness or simply be run over. It is your responsibility to relocate your pet."

Mme. Toni Andréa Belschner, of the Société québécoise pour la défense des animaux, launched an appeal to those seeking to adopt a household pet: "If you adopt an animal during the moving period, not only will you be able to enjoy a wider variety of pets to choose from but you will probably also be saving a life in the process. However, be aware of all the consequences of animal ownership because it is a lifelong obligation. You must budget for food, accessories, sterilization procedures, veterinary care, grooming services, obedience schools, municipal permits, boarding kennels, etc."

Last May 13th the Ville de Montréal announced a series of persistent, preventative measures designed to improve animal population control. This action plan aims, in particular, to curtail animal overpopulation in Montréal, reduce the number of euthanized animals and raise citizen awareness regarding ownership responsibility and accountability.

SOURCE VILLE DE MONTREAL - CABINET DU MAIRE ET DU COMITE EXECUTIF

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Source :
Ville de Montréal
Société québécoise pour la défense des animaux

Information :

Martine Painchaud, attachée de presse
Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif
514 794-1245

Maggie Shuter
Chatopia et Animal Adoption
Montreal
aam.mtl@gmail.com
514-839-2070

Toni Andréa Belschner
Société québécoise pour la défense des animaux
514-690-5193
Patricia Tulasne
Comédienne
514.792-5454

Johanne Tassé
Centre d'adoption d'animaux de compagnie
du Québec (C.A.A.C.Q.)
www.caacq.ca
514-232-6282

 

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