National Feral Cat Awareness Week
October 17th to 23rd
We thought we had failed in our efforts to bring the National Feral Cat Week to the public when City Council advised us that they no longer accept such requests unless from a registered charity.
Thanks to one of our members, Taneda Dawes, the cause was presented to the Kingston Humane Society who, through the efforts of Maggie Warner, successfully presented the proclamation request to council in time for this week's meeting.
Thank you Taneda, Thank you Maggie, and Thank you Kingston Humane Society!!!!!
Mary V. Shaw, MSc LVT
Director, Spay Neuter Kingston Initiative
City Council Proclamation
PROCLAMATION DATE: OCTOBER 6, 2010
Feral Cat Awareness Week
October 17 to 23, 2010
Whereas Kingston is home to thousands of caring, considerate citizens who believe in addressing the welfare of animals, especially those that are homeless,
And whereas the animal welfare community is represented in all aspects of society. They are students in elementary and secondary schools, universities, colleges, public and private schools, adults, professionals, business people, employees and business owners, labourers, neighbours and friends,
And whereas the population of homeless animals, especially cats, is at crisis proportions, and worsening, especially now in the current economic downturn as many people abandon their cats because they can no long care for them,
And whereas members of the animal welfare community reach out to provide food and shelter to these feral and stray cats who find themselves on the street through no fault of their own,
And whereas, feral and stray cats provide effective control of a variety of vermin that would otherwise plague city environs,
And whereas, recognizing that managing this population of former companion animals, through promotion of spay/neuter initiatives, Trap/Neuter/Vaccinate/Return (TNVR) programs, encouragement of responsible pet ownership, and heightened awareness about the plight of homeless cats is the most humane approach to the overcrowding of shelters and rescues,
THEREFORE, I, Harvey Rosen, Mayor of the City of Kingston, on behalf of the Council of the City of Kingston, in recognition of National Feral Cat Week, do hereby proclaim October 17 to 23, 2010, as "Feral Cat Awareness Week" in the City of Kingston.
Dated at Kingston, this 6th day of October, 2010
Harvey Rosen, Mayor