Demand South Stormont Council to help homeless/stray cats & stop promoting animal cruelty!

Demand South Stormont Council to help homeless/stray cats & stop promoting animal cruelty!

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Please sign this petition to help all the lost, stray, abandoned and feral cats in the Township of South Stormont that need our help to speak on their behalf. The purpose of this petition is to advocate the protection, help, rights and care for homeless cats within the Township of South Stormont, located in Ontario, Canada.


South Stormont Township and the Township of South Stormont Council is promoting animal cruelty and abuse by forcing their residents of the Township of South Stormont to participate in the neglect of lost, abandoned, stray and feral cats by not allowing caring and compassionate residents to provide the basic necessities such as food to the homeless cats in need.  The Township is also preventing the use of food as a way to catch the homeless cats to take them into the OSPCA to be spayed/neutered which would reduce the homeless cat overpopulation problem.


The Township of South Stormont Council passed a Cat Limit By Law No. 2019-097 on October 23, 2019 to limit the number of cats per dwelling unit in an urban settlement area in South Stormont. “3. No person shall own more than a maximum of five (5) cats within or about any dwelling unit, building, or structure in urban settlement areas within the Township of South Stormont”. “5. Notwithstanding the provisions of section (3), any person who owns, harbours, maintains, or possesses more than the permitted total number of cats on the date this bylaw comes into force shall be permitted to own a maximum of ten (10) cats until they die or are otherwise disposed of.”


However, Article 4 of the Cat Limit By Law says “No person shall place food designed for or attractive to cats outside of any dwelling unit or in the front, rear, or side yards.” This article has absolutely nothing to do with limiting the number of cats in a dwelling unit. The only thing Article 4 of the Cat Limit By Law does is promote animal cruelty and abuse and punish their own caring and compassionate residents by way of a $150 fine/ticket or charge a resident of South Stormont for feeding, lost, abandoned, stray, or feral cats. A resident of South Stormont has already been served a Summons to appear in court for “place food designed food for or attractive to cats outside of any dwelling unit or in front, rear, side yards.” 


We are demanding South Stormont Township and the Township of South Stormont Council take accountability for their homeless cat overpopulation and enact a plan and bylaws for the protection, welfare, capture, spay/neuter, release and/or rehoming and issues with homeless cats in their Township.


Mayor Bryan McGillis said “if you find a stray cat, take it to the OSPCA to be neutered and released”, well in order to catch these homeless cats, you need to either put food out when the cat is there to gain its trust OR put food out in a live trap to catch the homeless cats, either way it requires putting food out, which is a violation of Article 4 that residents are being fined and or charged with doing what the Mayor said to do. 

 

This petition is to demand the Township of South Stormont Council: 

 

Realize that lost, abandoned, stray and feral cats are the innocent victims of irresponsible cat owners that have abandoned/dumped their intact cats on the streets to fend for themselves in the wild. 

Repeal Article 4 of the Cat Limit By Law that promotes animal cruelty and abuse and forces their residents to neglect homeless cats and deny these homeless cats food by fining and/or charging any resident if they feed a homeless cat. 

Stop punishing their own caring and compassionate residents who are trying to help these hungry homeless cats as this is not the way to stop the homeless cat overpopulation within the Township.  

Help the residents and rescues in the area by actually doing something about the overpopulation of homeless cats!  As opposed to taxing the resources of rescues trying to keep up with the homeless cat overpopulation and residents asking rescues for help.

Create a By Law and a fine/charge for cat owners who abandon/dump their cats, which is actually against the Canadian Criminal Code 446 (1) (b).

Create a cat license including fees and microchip program to help return possible lost cats to their owners.

Take responsibility for the homeless cats in this Township and find a humane way to deal with them, preventing them from being able to get food, medical help including spay/neuter is cruel, unjust, and promoting overpopulation, neglect and animal cruelty.  (especially when a cat is seeking it)

Stop ignoring the homeless cat overpopulation problem and turning a blind eye hoping the homeless cats will just go away and or die from neglect, being denied food and exposure to extreme weather.

Create a By Law and a Budget for a TNR Program (trap, neuter, release) 

Provide an actual program and outline to the public about how you will handle the homeless cat overpopulation and the timeline projections of how long it could take to see success for residents that have concerns over the homeless cat overpopulation within the Township.

 

The Township of South Stormont Council needs to take action and be held accountable.  Cat licensing and fees could help raise the money for a TNR Program to help deal with the homeless cat overpopulation.  Rescues need help,  ALL the rescues around us are full, no one we have reached out to has been able to help us because the township refuses to actually do anything about the cat overpopulation or provide a program like TNR that stops cats from breeding on the streets! That is unacceptable!  Please sign this petition and show the Township of South Stormont Council this is unacceptable and they need to do better!