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Petitioning Mayor Joe Fontana and 14 others

London Ontario needs a pro-active, caring, non-profit model for our animal companions.


 

Currently, London’s Animal services are being provided by a for-profit corporation that receives 2.36 million per year from the city (City Budget 2013). As well, they are provided vehicles and insurance paid for by the city. 

In London in 2012, 1219 lost, homeless and wild animals were killed (on average, over 3 animals killed every day), 1436 animals in 2011, and 1516 in 2010. Many of these pets had only minor medical conditions, or no medical problems at all (City Minutes Date Sept 9, 2013 Stated by Orest Katolyk - ogk(at)london.ca, Chief, Municipal Law Enforcement Services).

The Humane Society of London Ontario does not take in any lost or homeless pets from the city of London and instead only takes surrendered pets for a fee or pets from investigations.  They also investigate cruelty cases (as stated by Humane Society).

Many cities in Canada have Animal Welfare Services that are non-profit some examples are Calgary, Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Regina, Guelph and others.

 

We, Taxpayers of London, Ontario request that Mayor Joe Fontana change our current animal welfare services (lost or homeless dogs and cats and fair by-law enforcement).  

 

Letter to
Mayor Joe Fontana
Ward 14 Councillor Sandy White
Ward 13 Councillor Judy Bryant
and 12 others
Ward 12 Councillor Harold Usher
Ward 10 Councillor Paul Van Meerbergen
Ward 9 Councillor Dale G. Henderson
Ward 8 Councillor Paul Hubert
Ward 7 Councillor Matt Brown
Ward 6 Councillor Nancy Branscombe
Ward 5 Councillor Joni Baechler
Ward 4 Councillor Stephen Orser
Ward 3 Councillor Joe Swan
Ward 2 Councillor Bill Armstrong
Ward 1 Councillor Bud Polhill
Ward 11 Councillor Denise Brown
London Ontario needs a pro-active, caring, non-profit model for our animal companions.

We, Taxpayers of London, Ontario request that Mayor Joe Fontana change our current animal welfare services (lost or homeless dogs and cats and fair by-law enforcement).

This is the change WE want to see with regards to animal welfare in London Ontario.

• We want it to operate as a NOT FOR PROFIT ONLY for BOTH cats AND dogs.
• We want to know that our license and fine fees go to the cats AND dogs services ONLY.
• We want a No-Kill shelter meaning that there is a live save rate of 90%, meaning that 90% of dogs AND cats that enter, leave alive.
• We want a spay and neuter clinic for pro-active pet care for BOTH cats AND dogs already in homes in the community to help prevent feral and overpopulation of pets.
• We do not want “pro-active Blitzes” where by-law officers look in peoples’ windows for cats OR dogs. We have a reasonable expectation of privacy and do not want By-law officers peeking in our private property, backyards, in apartment buildings or off-leash parks for cats OR dogs.
• We want reasonable increased pet limits for responsible owners.
• We do not want By-law enforcement to target good pet owners with up-to-date licenses.
• We want investigations on complaints, not charges laid based on complaints only (similar to Police model).
• We want improved return-to-owner rates of our cats AND dogs.
• We would really appreciate more dog parks in London. For example, Calgary has over 150 dog parks. Victoria (a smaller city than London) has 12 dog parks in it’s core, as well as multiple dog parks within the city limits.