Monday, August 29, 2011

Pet of the Week - all of them



The 85 cats and 52 dogs waiting in Calgary’s Animal Services Centre shelter need your help. Two of the cats have been in the shelter for over five months and all of the animals need to be claimed by their owners or adopted into new homes.

“This is very frustrating because the cats and dogs in our shelter are well socialized which tells me that they have owners and homes,” said Bill Bruce, Director of The City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services. “We need pet owners who have lost their cat or dog to check if their pet is sitting in our shelter. We also want to encourage people who are thinking of adopting, to consider giving one of these beautiful cats or dogs a home.”

All of the cats and dogs at the Animal Services shelter receiving temporary safe keeping had been wandering Calgary’s streets without their owners. The goal of Animal & Bylaw Services is to reunite lost cats and dogs with their owners. This can be extremely difficult if the pets are not licensed and do not have a permanent form of identification such as a readable microchip or a legible tattoo.

Calgarians who have lost their cat or dog are encouraged to visit calgary.ca and search impounded and adoptable cats and dogs to see if their pet is in the shelter. Bruce also strongly suggests that pet owners visit the shelter located at 2201 Portland Street S.E. Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to look for their cat or dog. Calgarians are also reminded that contacting 3-1-1 to file a lost report assists Animal & Bylaw Services in helping to reunite owners with their lost pet.

All the adoptable cats and dogs can be viewed at calgary.ca. The cost for adopting a cat is $150 and $200 for a dog. The pets are all vet checked, spayed or neutered, microchipped and come with a free 6 month licence.

Cat and dog owners are reminded that licensing their cat or dog is the best way to ensure that their pet can be returned in the event that the pet gets out. A licence for a spayed or neutered cat costs $10 and $31 for a dog. A licence for an unaltered cat costs $30 and $52 for a dog. A pet licence can be obtained by calling 3-1-1; visiting calgary.ca and searching cat or dog licensing; or in person at the Animal Services Centre during regular business hours.

Come on down to the Animal Services Centre, call 3-1-1 for more information or visit calgary.ca/animalservices.

If you'd like to download the pets mobile app, visit calgary.ca/mobileapps.

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