Cat identification tags now available in Côte Saint-Luc

Côte Saint-Luc, December 7, 2012 – Owners of outdoor cats in Côte Saint-Luc can now buy cat identification tags, which are required by a new by-law adopted in October.

By-law 2394 requires owners of outdoor cats must register them to obtain a cat identification tag, which the cat must wear when outdoors. Tags are available at City Hall, 5801 Cavendish Blvd. weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Owners must provide a certificate from their veterinarian stipulating that the cat has been spayed or neutered. This only applies to cats age six months or older. 

The annual registration fee is $10 for an outdoor cat that is spayed or neutered and that bears a microchip or a tattoo, or $15 for an outdoor cat that is spayed or neutered, but does not bear a microchip or tattoo. The cost is $20 for an outdoor cat that is not spayed or neutered as a result of a medical exemption, such as a feline that is age 10 or older or one that has a medical exemption from the veterinarian attesting to the fact that it cannot be spayed or neutered. Fines for not registering one’s cat start at $40.

During the initial registration period, the cat identification tags will be valid until June 30, 2014.   

City Councillor Mike Cohen, the city’s official liaison to the Côte Saint-Luc Cats Committee (CSLCC), is urging the owners of outdoor cats to respect the by-law and buy the cat identification tags. 

“The cat committee captures abandoned cats, so the identification tag is the only way to know if the cat belongs to someone,” Councillor Cohen said.

Councillor Cohen is also sending out a plea to animal lovers to send donations to Educhat, the CLSCC’s partner in the Trap, Neuter and Release/Adopt Program. 

“As the calendar year draws to a close we have become overwhelmed with calls to trap homeless cats,” Councillor Cohen said. “With the cold winter approaching, we want to capture as many as possible. Our regular budgetary allocation has run out and we are asking the public to lend a hand.”

Donations can be made online at www.educhat.ca or by mail: PO Box 212, 6897 Côte St. Luc Road Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec, H4W 1J0.

“The committee has just come across a situation whereby an elderly woman who was feeding 12 homeless cats in her backyard moved,” Councillor Cohen said. “Because the cats are familiar with the area and will not seek food anywhere else, the committee has recruited a team of volunteers to go feed these cats daily. The committee is also seeking individuals who are willing to adopt or foster homeless cats, many of which are baby kittens.”

For more information call 514-485-6800 ext. CATS or log on to www.cotesaintluc.org/cats.

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Media contact: Darryl Levine, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, City of Côte Saint-Luc, 514-485-8905, dlevine@cotesaintluc.org.

 

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