St. Catharines Councillors Cut Cats Some Slack

–        One Dead-Beat Tom Won’t Pay Kitty Support

News you probably can’t use from Doug Draper

Posted July 12th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Lest we at NAL be accused of ignoring the most important breaking news in Niagara, we are pleased to report that a proposed bylaw in St. Catharines to license pet cats and to bar them from roaming into other peoples’ yards was defeated by a majority of the Niagara, Ontario city’s council this July 11th.cats for peace

Sorry to say that the news hounds at one of Niagara’s intrepid daily newspapers, the St. Catharines Standard, beat us to the punch on this story.

And silly us.

Here we were at a public meeting in nearby Niagara Falls over plans to sacrifice more of what is left of the region’s greenspace for more urban sprawl – all while we could have been at the St. Catharines council watching one irate resident delivering a PowerPoint presentation featuring, among other feline felonies, a litter of kittens she alleged was fathered by a roaming tom owned by one of the councillors.

There is actually a photo on the front page of the Tuesday, July 12th edition of the St. Catharines Standard showing the same irate resident pointing an accusing finger at the councillor while the mayor can be seen in the background, trying to calm things down.

Now there’s some hot news in a city that apparently has so few other challenges to tackle that it has all kinds of time at council to debate the pros and cons of licensing cats.

And we missed it!

We could sure use a few cats roaming around the neighbourhood now

We could sure use a few cats roaming around the neighbourhood now

But not to worry. A source has told NAL that some of the same citizens who pushed for cat licenses are regrouping their forces to press for a bylaw that would force people to purchase a permit from the city to keep a bird feeder in their yard.

These citizens say they[re fed up with Tweety filling his gullet full of sunflower seeds next door then flying up in trees above their driveways and dropping great big white ones the hoods of their cars. They want the city to use the money collected from the purchase of the permits to cover the cost of the car wash.

Make the people with the bird feeders pay to clean it!

Make the people with the bird feeders pay to clean it!

Our source for this story was at Cat’s Caboose, wearing a Big Bird costume and working on his sixth tumbler of tequila at the time. So all of this has yet to be confirmed.

But we will do our best to get on top of this story rather than get underneath, if you know what we mean.

It will be interesting to see what the city council tries to do to whitewash this one.

In the meantime, you can read Niagara At Large’s related story that discusses, a little more seriously, how all of this cat license craziness may be another symptom of how soulless and uncivil too many of our modern-day neighbourhoods have become.

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One response to “St. Catharines Councillors Cut Cats Some Slack

  1. While this story has a ‘silly’ side, it also presents a serious message to the deadbeats who love their kitty until at the age of 6 months or so, she becomes a bit straggly looking, or she decides to sharpen her claws on the sofa or the litterbox is JUST too much of a chore.
    So, out she goes, dumped on a road side somewhere or left outside to fend for herself and ultimately pregnant – now one cat becomes 5 or 6 all scrounging around garbage or killing other wildlife; doing what comes naturally and doing the best they can to eak out a living (so to speak).
    Please folks get your companion animals spayed and help to prevent the spiralling- out-of-control ‘pet’ overpopulation.

    As well, for a multitude of reasons, please do your best to keep them indoors! As the co-founder of a local charity who advocates for animals we all need to start taking our responsibilities for companion animals to heart.


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