The Community and Protective Services Committee has voted in favour of adopting a ‘no kill’ policy to reduce the number of cats and dogs being put down at animal care and control facilities in London.
Currently, about 35% of cats and dogs that arrive at the pound are killed.
‘No kill’ basically means 90% of strays will be kept alive.
In order to support the proposal, $700,000 in capital start up costs will be needed, as well as $325,000 in annual operating costs.
That’s all in addition to the current $2.1 million contract with Urban Animal Management.
If approved by full council, London would become a ‘no kill’ city within four years.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough for some animal-rights activists who attended Monday evening’s meeting at City Hall, who hoped the city would adopt a ‘no kill’ policy immediately.
Many also spoke out prior to the meeting against Urban Animal Management, claiming the for-profit company doesn’t genuinely care about keeping stray cats and dogs alive.
Co-founder of Animal Outreach, Dianne Fortney, says she’s disappointed with the current state of shelters in London and how often they euthanize animals.
“In London, we have a number of volunteer rescue groups that certainly are not receiving millions of dollars, do not have paid full-time staff and their save rates are phenomenal,” she said.