- Amy McQuaid-EnglandRegional and City Councilor, Oshawa
- Rick KerrCity Councilor, Oshawa
- John HenryMayor of Oshawa
Animal Rescues in Oshawa urgently need your help
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- Regional and City Councilor, Oshawa
- City Councilor, Oshawa
- Mayor of Oshawa
We ask you to amend the Responsible Pet Owners Bylaw to support animals in foster care with recognized rescue organizations.
In the past few years, several cities including Hamilton, Ottawa, London and Toronto, have implemented amendments to support volunteer rescues and animals in need and to ease pressure on over-crowded, under-funded shelters.
Animal Justice, a group of lawyers from across Canada who take on animal rights issues, assisted Toronto city council in the drafting of their new legislation. In 2013, the city of Toronto amended their bylaws (Chapter 349-5) stating that the city limit of 3 dogs/6 cats "shall not apply to individual members of a rescue group who are keeping dogs or cats for or on behalf of that group." Within this document, a Rescue Group is defined as "A not-for-profit or charitable organization, registered with Toronto Animal Services, whose mandate and practices are predominately the rescue and placement of animals, and facilitating the spaying or neutering of animals, for animal welfare purposes."
This common sense approach supports the animals, the rescue organizations, and the tax payers. We ask Oshawa City Council to move ahead with a similar bylaw revision.
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