Stop the sale of pets in Stratford's pet stores
Currently, it is legal for pet stores in Stratford, Ontario to sell animals – including cats and kittens – that are un-spayed and un-neutered, making pet stores yet another source of unaltered cats that contribute to the problem of over-population that Feline Friends Network (FFN) and other local rescue organizations are working to control.
Not all local pet stores sell animals – and we applaud the businesses who help find adoptive homes for spayed / neutered cats and kittens from rescues and shelters – but the ones that do benefit financially (the current cost of a kitten is in the $100 range) while accepting none of the responsibility for their actions.
FFN sees the effects of pet sales frequently, with calls from people who have purchased kittens at a local pet store but are unable to afford to have their new pet spayed or neutered. If the pet owners qualify as low income, FFN will cover the cost of the surgery.
While we are very happy that some pet store kittens are being spayed/neutered through our Low Income program, it does impact our budget, 100% of which comes from donations and fundraising efforts. And not everyone qualifies for our low income program and the other impact is on the animals and the community. When new pet owners don’t spay or neuter their kittens, these cats can potentially go on to have generations of litters that may end up at the shelter, in the foster homes of local rescues, or out on the streets.
Feline Friends believes that pet stores should not be allowed to sell un-spayed / un-neutered animals but instead only be allowed to offer spayed / neutered pets from reputable shelters and rescue organizations.
Please sign our petition to let Stratford City Council know that you want them to ban the sale of pets in our pet stores!
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