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City urges you to get your pets from licensed breeders

March 25, 2015 -

The City of Kingston reminds you pets must be purchased through a licensed breeder or rescue organization such as the Kingston Humane Society. Bylaw #2004-144 regulates animals and prohibits the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores in Kingston.

With Easter coming up, the City cautions residents that rabbits require just as much care as a dog or cat and are a long-term commitment.

The year before the new breeding regulations and the amendments to the Licensing Bylaw took effect, 40 rabbits were dropped-off at animal shelters. The year after the new regulations were imposed, the rabbit intake decreased to 23. The length of time that the rabbits stayed in the shelters before being adopted went from 258 days in 2012/2013 to 205 days in 2013/2014.

Encouraging the purchase of pets through a licenced breeder is one of the initiatives in the responsible pet ownership program.

For additional information on how to obtain a breeders' licence, please see the Bylaw to Regulate Animals at www.CityofKingston.ca/bylaws

A reminder also to cat and dog owners to register your pet for tags by March 31. See www.CityofKingston.ca/pets for details.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, media relations officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.