Friday, August 26, 2011

Opportunity to Identify Remains Offers Closure for Pet Owners

In a joint program launched this week by The City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services and Calgary Roads, the remains of cats or dogs killed on Calgary’s streets will be taken to the Animal Services Centre for identification.

“These are people’s pets and we want to do everything possible to help give them closure,” said Bill Bruce, Director of Calgary’s Animal & Bylaw Services. “If we can identify the pet, then the notified owner will have an opportunity to make private arrangements for cremation.”

In the past, Calgary Roads has delivered the tags and collars of deceased cats and dogs to the AnimalServices Centre for owner notification. Now, Roads will deliver the remains of any cat or dog killed on our streets to the Animal Services Centre. The Animal Services’ Health Technologists will search for a licence tag, readable microchip or legible tattoo and notify the owner.

Calgarians who have lost a cat or dog are encouraged to check for their pet at the Animal Services Centre located at 2201 Portland Street S.E. during business hours. Information and photos of impounded cats and dogs are available at calgary.ca/animalservices. The location, date, time and reference number of all animal remains picked up by Roads will also be listed under the impounded animals on the web site.

All cat or dog remains will be held for 10 days at the Animal Services Centre. If positive identification is made, the owner will be contacted and given a choice to have Animal Services cremate the remains without the retention of ashes at no cost or to make arrangements for private cremation and keep the ashes at their cost. All unclaimed pet remains will be cremated by a private contractor after 10 days.

This program is specific to cats and dogs which have been killed on city streets. Citizens who discover animal remains on private property or pet owners whose pet passes away, may dispose of the remains at the Shepard landfill site or check with a vet or the Calgary Humane Society regarding cremation. Calgary’s bylaws prohibit placing deceased animals in household waste and it is not recommended to bury the remains on private property.

Calgarians who discover dead cats, dogs, coyotes or raccoons on city streets or public property are encouraged to call 3-1-1.

For more information visit calgary.ca/animalservices or call 3-1-1.

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