Licensed to meow in ’08

<p>Starting in January, you’ll have 250 reasons to license your furry feline. Cat licensing was made mandatory by city council last January, but the amnesty period is over this month and city bylaw officers will start slapping the $250 fine on those with unlicensed cats come Jan. 1.</p>

 

Register cat by end of year or pay $250 fine


 

 

robin kuniski/for metro calgary

 

“Alice” shows off her official City of Calgary licence tags, which were made mandatory for all cats in 2007. The city will start enforcing the bylaw in the new year.





Starting in January, you’ll have 250 reasons to license your furry feline.





Cat licensing was made mandatory by city council last January, but the amnesty period is over this month and city bylaw officers will start slapping the $250 fine on those with unlicensed cats come Jan. 1.





Bylaw Boss Bill Bruce said the inexpensive cat licensing fee — $10 — is a lot lower than facing the stiff fine for not producing registration.





“Unfortunately we’re going to start enforcing the fines. We have seen how well the licensing program works with our dogs and we have the highest return to owner rate in the world,” Bruce said, hoping to have the same success with cats.





Bruce said 31,000 cats were registered in the first year of the mandatory licensing program, which is good for a first year, he added, but he wants to see more.





Calgary Humane Society communications manager Cheryl Wallace told Metro there are not enough words to express how important it is for people to license their pets.





“It’s extremely important for us because the only way we can return pets to their owners is through permanent identification. If more people licensed their cats we would be able to return more cats to their owners,” she said.





The society has about 7000 cats going into the shelter per year and Wallace says only 14 per cent of those have identification.





“People think tattoos are good enough but it’s not, because people move. With licensing you have to update your information every year so we can trace the pets back to the owners.”





To register your cats or dogs, please visit www.cityofcalgary.ca.




krista.sylvester@metronews.ca

 
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