Canadian City Wants to Tag Cats, Keep Them Indoors

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(Broward County Humane Society)

A Canadian city wants to encourage keeping cats indoors by licensing them and banning outdoor cats within five years.

A committee of the Guelph City Council approved an animal control bylaw that includes a $25 cat license by 2018, according to Guelph Today online. Guelph is located near Toronto in Ontario.

“I’d like to see us move in the direction of all cats be kept indoors,” commented councillor Bob Bell, according to Guelph Today.
One of the benefits of cat licensing is “to encourage residents to show the benefits of keeping cats indoors,” said Doug Godfrey, the city’s General Manager of Operations

Another reason for cat licensing is to reunite more lost cats with their owners, he added. The Guelph Humane Society is expected to take in roughly 600 cats this year, with only 13 per cent of those cats being reunited with their owners. There are far fewer dogs brought in to the Humane Society, and roughly 80 per cent of those get reunited with owners.

According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), fewer than 2% of lost cats  are returned to their guardians. This is most often due to the fact that these pets were not microchipped and or did not have a collar and ID tag on. A collar and identification tag is the simplest and most economical way to make sure your lost pet finds a way back to you.

The recommended bylaw goes to full council on Dec. 19 for final approval, according to the report in Guelph Today online.

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