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The latest from Frank Etherington: Councillors yowling about cat-license clawback

2017 November 9
by Melissa

Kitchener councillors have de-furred the cat-licensing issue until Dec. 4.
And, with a jaundiced eye on potential lost-pet votes in the 2018 municipal election, I doubt the cat-fight issue will gain more that lukewarm support when my motion comes back for consideration with what I predict will be at least one added clause.
I think that once a staff report on potential workload and years of public consultation involved in the subject of cat licenses and microchipping returns to city hall, councillors will take a long pause, a lengthy catnap and no action on a subject dismissed as a “cash grab” by Mayor Berry Vrbanovic..
Which means we will ignore all issues of unfairness for dog owners and the increasing drain of $630,000 paid out each year by taxpayers to care for stray animals — 66 per cent of them abandoned, unlicensed cats.
That lack of equality has to do with about 40,000 dog owners who are supposed to buy $30 licenses (only 15,000 do so today) while an estimated 50,000 cat owners do not.
On the workload issue councillors are fully aware that cities including Guelph, Stratford, London, Mississauga, Sudbury, Ottawa, Peterborough, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Montreal successfully introduced cat licensing without rushing out to hire dozens of people to cope with a spitting push-back from cat owners.
After a recent tour of our excellent humane society shelter, I’m convinced Kitchener should create a set fee for a cat license that would be reduced if a responsible pet owner microchips the pet in order to quickly reunite the missing feline.
Then, when the cats came back, it would save us all tax dollars

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