Montreal, March 30th 2017 – Though the Montreal SPCA’s contracts are set to end this Friday, March 31st, the City of Montreal has yet to announce a decision with respect to its call to tender for an animal service provider. In the face of the current uncertainty surrounding the wellbeing of animals due to the apparent absence of any plan for animal services as of April 1st on the part of the City, and in response to requests from its borough partners, the Montreal SPCA is willing to temporarily extend its services in the boroughs it currently serves and is also open to signing new animal services contracts covering all species, including dogs, provided certain strict conditions are met in order to ensure that we will not be forced to act against our mission and core values. Several such temporary extensions have already been signed and new animal services contracts are currently the subject of ongoing discussions with our borough partners (see table below).
The proposal results from the City’s lack of response following its call to tender for an animal service provider issued on February 20th, and which closed on March 8th, but also from requests on the part of alarmed citizens and borough partners, as well as our concern for the wellbeing of animals in our city. “Following lengthy discussions with some of our borough partners, such as the Plateau-Mont-Royal, who expressed a willingness to work with us and respect for our mission, we came to the realization that there is a way to continue to provide animal services, including canine services, in a manner that does not compromise our values”, explains Benoit Tremblay, Executive Director of the Montreal SPCA. “And we are prepared to extend this offer to other boroughs,” he adds.
Any new animal services contract entered into by the Montreal SPCA will have to meet very strict and clear conditions. Specifically, the agreement must ensure that the Montreal SPCA will not be required to provide any services or take any action related to the breed-specific provisions of Montreal’s new by-law. Thus, the Montreal SPCA will not be taking in, or euthanizing any dogs seized by the City simply because of the way they look. Further, given that the Montreal SPCA’s temporary placement protocol for dogs weighing over 10 kg is not a viable and sustainable long-term solution to the discriminatory, unreasonable and vague provisions of the by-law, the contracts include an opt-out clause. “Though we currently have the resources available to place dogs outside of the city, and to transfer animals to partner rescue groups or shelters located outside of Montreal, these resources will eventually run out, and we must be ready to face this reality. Until then, however, we will continue placing healthy and behaviourally-sound dogs into animal-friendly municipalities to the limit of our capabilities,” explains Anita Kapuscinska, Communication Manager at the Montreal SPCA.
“Regardless of what happens during this time of uncertainty, the Montreal SPCA has always been – and will always remain – the voice for animals”, states Benoit Tremblay, Executive Director of the Montreal SPCA. “We will continue offering pet adoption services, rescue and investigative work will continue, advocacy efforts will more forward, and proactive sterilization programs to counter pet overpopulation and pet abandonment prevention through education will remain an important focus”.
The Montreal SPCA is also pursuing its legal battle against the repressive and discriminatory provisions of the City of Montreal’s by-law targeting dogs simply because of the way they look, as public safety is fully compatible with animal welfare. The SPCA is eager to set a date for trial. For more information, please visit www.saferkindercommunities.com.
Boroughs and municipalities presently served by the Montreal SPCA:
Media contact: Anita Kapuscinska, Communications Manager, Montreal SPCA, 514 359-5198, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Montreal SPCA Founded in Montreal in 1869, we were the first animal welfare society in Canada and our mission is to:
- protect animals against negligence, abuse, and exploitation;
- represent their interests and ensure their well-being;
- raise public awareness and help develop compassion for all living beings.
For more information about the Montreal SPCA, please visit our website at www.spca.com.