Month: March 2016


Following our meeting with the Community & Protective Services Committee on March 21, 2016, here is what transpired:

Committee did not vote in favour of an outright ban.

They did vote 7-1 in favour of a motion for an outright ban of cats and dogs, with a five (5) year transition period. (two councilors were absent). (Thank you Councillors Leiper, McKenney, Taylor and Brockington) for being so pro-active.

Councillor Chiarelli voted down all proposals.

Rabbits were removed from the proposal. Unfortunately, there was no representative of any rabbit rescue present at the meeting.

This motion will be presented before all 23 councillors in a full council meeting on Wednesday, April 13th. Each one will vote for or against.

We view this as a partial win, but of course, a five (5) year transition phase is too long for animals to continue suffering in mills.

We need ALL SUPPORTERS to continue lobbying their councillors, thanking them for their decision to move on this proposal, but to reconsider the five (5) year transition, in favour of two years. We consider two years an absolute WIN for the animals.


ATTENTION: Ottawa Residents:

Please find enclosed a sample letter – PLEASE DON’T JUST CUT AND PASTE. Take parts of this letter and introduce your own comments and opinions in a professional and convincing argument to your councillor. If you have family members, ask them to send an email too… Every voice is an opportunity.

Full list of councillors and emails also attached.

ATTENTION: Non-Ottawa Residents:

Please send your supporting letter to the mayor at

Copy so that we can see what support we have to argue this.

City of Ottawa Public Meeting


An IMPORTANT day for Animals in Ottawa!

Online Public Consultations are now closed.
Thank you so much for the thousands of comments received.

Plan to join us at the public meeting in the Champlain Room at City Hall as we continue to build on the overwhelming support to ban the sale of pets for profit in pet stores and retail outlets.

This is OUR time to show our councillors that it’s time to sever the retail channels of profiting from the sale of pets sourced from irresponsible breeders.

Register as a speaker and convince our councillors why this is important.

(sign up inside Champlain Room by 9.00am)   (max. five (5) minutes)

Arrive early with banners and signs supporting the ban.  (Make your own or ask to use ours)

(note that ALL local bylaws must be adhered to.  Please be courteous and respect that ALL banners and signage must be out of sight before entering City Hall.)

All support welcome in favor of the 50 + pet stores that do not sell animals for profit.

Directions to Champlain Room:

  • Take elevator beside Cafe to 2nd floor; Turn right.
  • Take door marked “Link to Heritage Building”.
  • At the other end, follow outside wall, through open doorway  marked “Heritage Building”.
  • Champlain Room in on the right-hand side.

City of Ottawa Staff Recommendations

City of Ottawa staff recommendations on retail sale of cats, dogs and rabbits leave many questions – Do not address many issues.

Today, City of Ottawa staff released their recommendations on an amendment to Bylaw 2002-189 (as amended 2011-241) with respect to restricting the sale of cats, dogs and/or rabbits sold for profit in Ottawa pet stores and retail outlets.

Link to report:

Puppymill Awareness Working Solutions (PAWS), which is leading a broad coalition of animal welfare groups advocating for a ban on the for-profit sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores, believes these recommendations do not address most of the issues of concern to Ottawa residents:

  • While these amendments begin to address the care of breeding animals which supply these three stores, they place the onus and cost for inspection on the provinces of Quebec and Ontario;
  • These amendments will not address any of the other issues that PAWS has raised:
  • Ottawa consumers being sold unsterilized animals with potential health problems, and few guarantees from the seller;
  • The impulse purchase of pets leading to high rates of pet abandonment and euthanasia; and
  • Continuing costs to the City of Ottawa and its taxpayers for bylaw inspections of these pet stores, bylaw responses to stray animals purchased from these pet stores, and the burden on Ottawa’s municipal shelter, in which a disproportionate percentage of animals are originally from pet store purchases.

Finally, as surrounding municipalities enact their own retail pet store sale bans, grandfathering these three pet stores will lead Ottawa to become a dumping ground for the retail sale of pets in eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

Over 50 pet stores in Ottawa have adopted an ethical responsible approach in their business model, many of them working with local humane societies and/or animal rescue groups in an adoption-only model. We encourage the last three pet stores who continue to sell dogs, cats and rabbits to embrace a more ethical and responsible business model.

We also encourage the CPS Committee and Ottawa City Council to adopt our recommended changes to Bylaw 2002-189 (as amended 2011-241).

Our recommendation – a total ban on the retail for-profit sale of dogs, cats and rabbits – will save the City of Ottawa and its taxpayers money, and address all the animal welfare issues involved. Today’s recommendations from City staff are well-meaning but largely ineffective.

For high-resolution video of Ontario and Quebec puppy mills and their link to the pet store sale of dogs: