Advisory on the new Animal Control By-Law
***Update: As of October 5th, the BSL legislation was suspended pending further court hearings***
As many of you already know, today – October 3rd 2016, is the unfortunate day that Mayor Coderre’s Animal Control By-Law is being put into effect. This By Law is the one that encompasses the shameful Pit Bull Ban here in Montreal. However Coderre is not turning a blind eye to the cat population. Not only will this ridiculous By-Law affect us cat owners as well, but it will also affect the many stray and feral cats without homes. There are 19 boroughs that are part of Montreal, and who will be affected by the by-law.
We’ve put together some information for you, so that you can become more aware of how you will be affected. We’ve also included several links so that you can further prepare yourself and your furbaby household.
By Law 16-060 Animal Control
Cat Owners must abide by the following rules (dog rules are more complicated)
- Each cat in the household must be registered. Even if they are microchipped or Indoor Cats, they MUST be registered.
- A kitten can remain unregistered until they turn 3 months old, at which point they must be registered.
- Permits must be renewed on a yearly basis at your local Accès office
- Animal Owners may have no more than 4 animals per residence (with a max of 2 dogs)
Cats Can NOT
- Roam freely without id tags
- Live outdoors
IF a Cat is found outside without ID
- Any authorized person (rescue, shelter) is allowed to capture and hold onto any animal that is in danger, dangerous, stray, a nuisance, or not part of the list of permitted animals according to the by-law
- 72 hours after having attempted to contact the animal’s guardian, the authorized person can have the animal euthanized or put up for adoption for their own profit. If the guardian is unknown or not reachable, the 72 hours begins from the moment the animal was put in refuge.
This by-law was no doubt created in a fearful mindset. It’s aim is mostly towards any dog who looks, eats, breathes like a Pittbull, however is broad enough to cover hampsters too.
The Montreal government is trying to control the city’s animals by instilling fear in an otherwise very loving population, the animal lovers population. This will likely mean more frequent and unnecessary euthanasia’s and a myriad of warnings and fines given to underserving families.
No one knows just how hard this law will be enforced, but it is better to be educated than to be left in the dark.
For more information, please consult the links below.
Are you part of Montreal? Find our here.
Link to locations where you can attain permits:
Link to form that must be filled out to obtain a permit: (you must provide proof and dates of vaccination and sterilization)
Cost of registration is:
- •$30.00 per unsterilized Cat
- •$10.00 per cat
- •$5.00 rebate per micro-chipped cat
Link to FAQ’s
Link to the By-Law
With Love –
West Island Cats