Dear Friends and fellow animal lovers,
We are trying to get signatures for a petition to go to council the end of December to fight to get Hamilton Animal Services to allow public adoption.
Currently they do not allow this and they take in all the overflow of cats that the SPCA, and other shelters cannot take. They are constantly full and people who surrender their pets or bring in strays are under false assumption that the animals are somehow safe there.
This is far from the truth. Because HAS does NOT allow public adoption only the SPCA, Humane Society, and rescues are allowed to pull cats. Without public adoption and the strain being put on all the rescues many cats are euthanized each week.
Everyone who is involved in rescue understands the importance of city council approving this. We are asking for help from our friends, supporters, animal lovers, and their friends.
These animals desperately need our help, and while some of us are not citizens of Hamilton the more signatures the better the chance these cats have.
Please sign the petition below, your name, including address and phone number if desired, and please pass on to friends to assist us in getting as many signatures as possible. Please fwd these back to me so I may pass them on to city council.
Your help in this matter is detrimental to so many lives, and very much appreciated by all of the rescues who work so tirelessly to try to save as many as possible.
Hamilton City Council:
Allow public adoption and volunteers within Hamilton Animal Services (Ontario).
We, the citizens of the city of Hamilton and surrounding area petition Hamilton City Council to allow Hamilton Animal Services to implement public adoption and the use of volunteers within the shelter immediately.
980 cats alone were destroyed in 2013. This is unacceptable when we have a solution before us.
Public adoption will allow these animals to find permanent homes and stop the needless killing of so many innocent, lost and abandoned animals.
Volunteers can be used to provide enrichment for the animals during their stay in the shelter. (we understand that under no circumstance will a volunteer do the work of a union paid employee).
Rescues are at their max and while they are doing all they can, they need the city's help.
The need for low cost spay and neuter clinics would help reduce the number of cats in the shelter and would keep the population of Hamilton Street cats under control.