On Saturday, January 1, 2022, updates to the City of Kingston Animal Bylaws went into effect. These “hands-on” measures are intended to strengthen and elevate animal care standards in the community and keep residents safe, the city said in a news release.
“For many people, pets are part of the family,” said Kyle Compeau, Director of Law Enforcement Services. “These new measures will clarify the responsibilities of pet owners in the community to ensure everyone, including their pets, feels safe and comfortable in Kingston.”
Updates to animal regulations include:
- A list that includes all species authorized for national ownership;
- New regulations for the breeding of racing pigeons;
- Additional measures to protect the public from potentially dangerous dogs;
- Prohibit animal tethering on public property during extreme weather events and institute time limits for unsupervised tethered animals at other times;
- Ban advertising for the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits, to discourage unethical breeding practices;
- Expand enforcement to allow fines to be imposed on unlicensed dogs at dog parks;
- Authorize administrative monetary penalties for violations of animal regulations; and,
- Broadening of general regulations to include livestock
City launches safe shed program
According to the release, the Municipal Fee Assistance Program (MFAP) has been temporarily expanded to include a Safe Rebate Program. The city said eligible residents can apply for a voucher of up to $2,000 to help defray costs related to the extraction or removal of unauthorized cash and associated relocation costs. Veterinary costs would not be covered and a surrender agreement will be required between the owner of the prohibited species and the surrender agency.
The city will help residents contact an appropriate agency to help them relocate, and residents seeking to relocate unauthorized species through the MFAP would not be fined, the statement said. The Safe Surrender program will be in place until the end of 2022.
City funds low-cost sterilization clinic
On Thursday, January 20, 2022, City Council approved funding for the Kingston Humane Society (KHS) to establish a high-volume/low-cost sterilization clinic in Kingston. According to the release, this additional funding will enable KHS to purchase additional equipment needed to perform safe, high-volume spay/sterilization surgeries. This program will be additional support, in conjunction with the current MFAP sterilization/sterilization voucher program, the City said, and will provide an additional 240 sterilizations/sterilizations per year with additional dates scheduled as the clinic develops. progress. According to the statement, this will significantly contribute to community-wide efforts to reduce pet overpopulation and unwanted animals, ensuring animals can find homes.
The clinic is expected to be operational by 2022. Residents interested in learning more can call the City’s Customer Experience Team at 613-546-0000.
Learn more about responsible pet ownership
The City’s Responsible Pet Ownership Program provides these guidelines for residents to ensure Kingston’s pets are happy and healthy:
- Allow your pet: Dogs and cats in the urban part of Kingston must be allowed. This helps the City know how many pets are in Kingston and can help you find your pet if it gets lost.
- Spay Your Pet: Spaying or neutering your pet helps control animal numbers, keeping pets out of shelters and off the streets.
- Prevent your pet from becoming a threat or a nuisance: Even if you know and trust your pet, others might not. Please be considerate of others when taking your pets out in public and obey animal regulations.
- Obtain your pet ethically and from a credible source: Do your research before acquiring a pet, and when you do, obtain your pet from a recognized shelter, such as the Kingston Humane Society , or a licensed breeder.
Learn more about responsible pet ownership and animal policies online at: https://www.cityofkingston.ca/residents/animals-pets