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Van der Velden, M. 2019. Is it possible to herd cats? Reporting on five years addressing cat overpopulation in British Columbia, Canada (PDF). BC SPCA: Vancouver, Canada. This document serves as a summary version of a review of five years working to address cat overpopulation across the province and shares learnings with other sheltering organizations, cat rescue groups, and cat colony caretakers, with the aim of seeing broad-scale positive change improving the lives of cats across North America.

Kay A, Coe JB, Young I and Pearl D. 2018. Factors influencing time to adoption for dogs in a provincial shelter system in Canada. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2018.1436917

South C. 2016. How to say ‘spay’ BC SPCA UBC Research Report. This research set out to gain deeper insights into the motivations of cat owners considering spay/neuter choices regarding their owned animals, to advance the development of a pro-social messaging toolkit for use in this area, and to gain a richer understanding of community attitudes towards cat overpopulation issues at large.

Dangerous Dog Legislation should be breed neutral.

Targeting specific breeds as a method to control dangerous dogs, discriminates against innocent members of that specific breed, and is not supported by scientific evidence that shows no one breed is inherently more dangerous than another. Breed specific legislation does not improve public safety because the factors that attribute to aggressive dog behaviour are not taken into consideration. The labeling of dangerous and banning of one specific breed can create a false sense of safety and removes the responsibility that should be required of pet guardians to properly socialize, train and care for dogs of all breeds.

The most effective way to reduce dog aggression incidences is through proactive legislation that focuses on education, common sense rules, and targeting factors that contribute to animal aggression. The City of Calgary is renowned for its progressive policies based on the following principles that have reduced incidences of animal aggression significantly.

  • License and ID your pet
  • Spay and neuter all pets
  • Provide socialization, training, and medical care
  • Don’t allow your pet to become a threat or nuisance

Paws for Hope Animal Foundation supports the position that dangerous dog legislation must be breed neutral as followed by:

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