As a longtime advocate of ensuring safe communities, I am pleased that the City of Vaughan is considering how to expand its animal services to meet the needs of residents and protect the health and safety of the public, pets and local wildlife.
Over the past few years we have received more and more calls from residents about sick or injured wildlife. We have heard your concerns and I believe we have found a solution to meet the needs of our community.
We are looking at creating an in-house service to respond to your calls. It would include hiring two part-time animal control officers, purchasing an additional animal control vehicle, and establishing a wildlife intake and holding area in the current animal shelter.
Creating an in-house wildlife service is the most cost effective and efficient way to deliver this service. It would also allow us to enhance our existing animal services and expand the hours of operation for domestic dog and cat response.
If approved by Council, the service will start Sept. 1 and be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all residents and visitors to our city. Please keep in mind, residents would still need to contact a private wildlife company to deal with healthy wildlife that is causing a nuisance on their property.
Taking care of everyone living in this community, including pets and wildlife, is a big priority for me. I’m very happy that we are talking about this important initiative and I look forward to seeing it come to fruition.
Regional Councillor Mario Ferri
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