Keeping pet owners accountable

Moose Jaw Times Herald - Editorial Staff
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“I certainly wish that people would put more value on their feline friends. People seem to come looking for their dogs, and not their cats," said Stephanie Campbell, promotions and outreach co-ordinator for the Moose Jaw Humane Society (MJHS).

Campbell added, “We usually end up adopting cats out to new homes, since there is no way of licensing them.”

On average, the MJHS has around forty cats and kittens, with the majority of them being stray, but cat licensing in Moose Jaw could bring that number down.

A bylaw in Moose Jaw regarding cats is in place to control cats that are causing a nuisance, but does not require that cats be licensed.

By having rules in place for cat licensing, the number of stray and or abandoned cats could be reduced.

No matter where you live, most people are immune to seeing stray cats and other animals running through their neighborhood, but not all of the cats walking through the streets are stray.

Those who allow their cats to go outside could potentially have their furry friends picked up and taken to the humane society, injured, or lost.

Campbell noted that when people add tags, or microchips to their cats it is easier to track those cats themselves.

Having tags also makes it easier for staff and volunteers at the MJHS to track down the owners.

After understanding and seeing what tagging cats can do for the number of stray cats being picked up, imagine what the streets would be like if all cats were licensed and tagged.

The sad truth for older cats when taken into the humane society, and then being adopted out, is that it puts a lot of pressure on their lives and causes them to wonder where they are and become confused.

By tagging cats, or by implementing a new bylaw that states cats must be licensed it could in turn help the city’s older cats return to their forever homes.

It is time to make all pet owners accountable for their lost and abandoned pets: whether it is a cat or a dog a city license should be mandatory.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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