First ever spay and neuter day
Next Tuesday the 26th animal shelters and veternarians will be promoting the benefits of having your pets sterilized. The city says it supports the campaign because pet overpopulation is still a big problem and the message needs to get out.
Chris Dubois is the city's point man for public safety and citizen services. He says there are about 380,000 dogs and cats in Montreal, 30,000 of which aren't spayed or neutered.
"So therefore those animals have a capacity for reproduction that is quite impressive," he says, "so if we don't take care of it we will always have a constant increase."
Moreover, about 14,000 animals are euthanized every year due to overpopulation.
Dubois says he is currently working with the boroughs to revise and revamp pet owner rules and as previously announced, the city is getting ready to open a new animal services centre, in partnership with the SPCA, in early 2015.