Friday, December 17, 2010

Get into the Spirit of Giving with Animal & Bylaw Services Gift Certificates

The City of Calgary Animal and Bylaw Services is encouraging Calgarians to give the gift of responsible pet ownership by choosing to give gift certificates towards the purchase of a pet instead of a pet this holiday season.

Every year, many dogs and cats gifted to friends and family are either abandoned on Calgary’s streets to fend for themselves or surrendered to shelters and rescue organizations. Giving gift certificates, rather than pets, helps to avoid this tragic situation by providing potential pet owners with time to choose the best cat or dog to match their lifestyle.

“We believe that people have a responsibility to a pet for the lifetime of that pet so we encourage citizens to make educated decisions before adopting.  We want them to thoughtfully choose a pet that matches their lifestyle and home situation,” says Bill Bruce, the Director of Animal & Bylaw Services.  “By offering gift certificates, we will be reducing the chances of people making hasty decisions and purchasing pets for their family or friends that are not suitable and ultimately end up being surrendered to a shelter or abandoned.“

Gift certificates are available year round. They have no expiry date and are available in any denomination.  They can be used to cover all or part of the cost of adopting a dog ($200) or cat ($150) from Animal & Bylaw Services or to pay pet licensing fees.

For more information on purchasing a gift certificate, visit or contact 3-1-1. Gift certificates can be purchased in person at the Animal Services Centre, 2201 Portland Street S.E., between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday to Friday or 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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