Mississauga City Council approved amendments to the Animal Care and Control By-law at today’s meeting. These By-law changes formally recognize not-for-profit animal rescue organizations and provide clarity regarding trap, neuter, return (TNR) programs that manage feral cat populations.
“These changes allow the City’s Animal Services to partner with approved organizations who operate rescue and foster care for homeless animals,” said Sam Rogers, Director of Enforcement. “They also outline criteria for approving animal rescue organizations and the regulation of TNR programs. This ensures the welfare of the animals and that property standards are maintained at all times.”
The following changes are required in order to allow not-for-profit animal rescue organizations to operate legally:
- Exemption from requiring a pet licence for foster pets in their care
- Exemption to allow them to have more than four pets in their care
- Exemption from the at-large restriction for cats that are part of a City-approved TNR program
In addition, changes also include prohibiting providing false information when surrendering an animal to the Mississauga Animal Services shelter.