London City Staff say they’ve hit a big milestone, achieving “no kill” status at municipal animal shelters.
Staff received a directive from City Council to become a no-kill, pro-adoption community within three years, but By-law Manager Orest Katolyk says they managed it in about a year and a half.
“When we put together our plan, we looked at municipalities such as New York City, Los Angeles, San Antonio, Texas is a really good best practice. So we had webinars with them, we had conversations with them and we borrowed best practices from across North America.”
Katolyk says they’ve partnered with groups locally, across Canada and North America for adoptions, making sure that no healthy animals had to be euthanized.
“We identified a number of rescues within London and outside London. So in 2015, we transferred 463 animals within our city and 354 outside of the city.”
Just this week, a Pitbull mix named Chopper that was found wandering by himself on Christmas Eve was flown to Alberta to a rescue organization there that will be able to find him a new home. Because of Ontario’s Pitbull ban, Chopper wouldn’t have been able to find a new family in this province.
Katolyk says they want to be as transparent as possible when it comes to their yearly adoption and re-homing stats so they’ve been posting them on the city’s website.
He adds that staff are looking forward to opening London’s new cat adoption centre in the north end as well as a new companion veterinary clinic.
With files from Jess Brady.