This holiday season Calgarians are encouraged to give a City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services’ gift certificate instead of purchasing a cat or dog for people on their shopping list.
Every year after the holiday season, some of the cats and dogs that were gifted to friends and family are either abandoned on Calgary’s streets to fend for themselves or surrendered to shelters and rescue organizations in our city.
“Giving gift certificates rather than pets helps to avoid this tragic situation by giving potential pet owners time to choose the perfect cat or dog for them that matches their lifestyle and family situation,” said Bill Bruce, Director of Animal & Bylaw Services. “We believe that people have a responsibility to a pet for the lifetime of that pet so we encourage citizens to take their time and make educated and thoughtful decisions before adopting.”
By giving gift certificates, people aren’t purchasing a cat or dog that may be unsuitable for their family or friends.
Animal & Bylaw Services’ gift certificates are available year round, have no expiry date and are available in any denomination. The certificates can be used to cover all or part of the cost of adopting a pet from the Animal Services Centre or to pay for pet licensing fees.
The cost of adopting a cat or dog from Animal & Bylaw Services is $150 and $200 respectively. Licensing fees in 2012 will range from $15 to $58 depending on whether a cat or dog is spayed or neutered.
For more information on purchasing gift certificates, visit calgary.ca or contact 3-1-1.
Gift certificates can be purchased in person at the Animal Services Centre located at 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.