Source: CTV Montreal
When a stray cat took refuge under her car, Vanessa Anastasopoulos found herself caring for the abandoned animal and wondering what was out there to help animals in similar situations.
Her search led her to a small group of local Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) volunteers and a new calling. The Montreal resident is now spending both her time and money independently trapping and taking cats to the vet to be sterilized.
Over the past 2 1/2 years, a special task force including MAPAQ and animal welfare experts, veterinarians, and industry representatives have worked together to update the Quebec Animal Welfare Act regulations. By bringing their expertise, research and view points to the table, they provided MAPAQ with the most effective knowledge on how to best update the Province's animal welfare regulations.
Almost a year after I held my first public meeting on the subject of the cat overpopulation in our community, I can happily report that progress is being made on the issue.
With the support of the mayor and members of city council I was able to establish the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee (CSLCC). Funds were allocated for this purpose in the 2011 budget and we also received a donation from Canadian Pacific Railway. A number of planning meetings were held last fall and winter. Enough people stepped forward to allow us to form a committee. Shelley Schecter, who has been a leader on the island with the Trap, Neuter and Release Program agreed to be our facilitator. She has worked specifically close with Dr. Renee Karp, Ursula O'Rourke and the Côte Saint-Luc Hospital for Animals (Dr. Marlene Kalin) in the trapping aspect of our mandate. This is vital to controlling the cat population in our community. They wisely started off in the spring focusing on specific colonies where large groups of feral cats can be found. It is essential that we trap as many of these animals as possible, bring them to the vet and have them spayed or neutered. This is no easy task, but our small team has already trapped an impressive number of cats and picked up some kittens as well.
The Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee (CSLCC) A project supported by the City of Côte Saint-Luc and Councillor Mike Cohen.
We are looking for new volunteers to assist with the trapping, visits to schools, monitoring our telephone line, working at information tables and monitoring city and town bylaws with regards to cats TNR humanely traps, sterilizes and then releases feral cats back into their original territory.
Le ministre de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation, ministre responsable des régions de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue et du Nord-du-Québec et député d'Abitibi-Est, M. Pierre Corbeil, accompagné du ministre responsable des Affaires autochtones et député de Jacques-Cartier, M. Geoffrey Kelley, ont présenté le projet de règlement sur la sécurité et le bien-être des chats et des chiens, qui établit notamment des normes en ce qui a trait à la garde des chats et des chiens.
Le MAPAQ souhaite vous informer de la publication, à la Gazette officielle du Québec du 22 juin 2011, du projet de règlement intitulé Règlement sur la sécurité et le bien-être des chats et des chiens. Ce projet de règlement définit notamment des normes en ce qui a trait à la garde des chats et des chiens.
Animal Welfare is a long and uphill journey. The problem of homeless cats has been growing since the 1950's. Until that time both dogs and cats were able to roam freely.
There were always stray cats, but usually they were in rural settings and around to keep the rodent population down.
Source: CTV News
The Côte Saint-Luc Cat Committee (CSLCC) has officially launched a Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) program. Following a well attended public meeting last summer and a series of meetings with individuals willing to volunteer for this cause, activities are commencing with the financial support of the City of Côte Saint-Luc and Canadian Pacific Railway.