About two weeks ago, I read an article on CBC News focused on the new bylaw to put a ban on selling pets from breeders in pet stores within the city. While I mostly agreed with the article, I felt like this article missed the opportunity to showcase all the amazing non profit animal rescue organizations in the city, which have animals equally deserving of adoption.
The article mentions that any new pet stores opening up in the city should “only be able to sell dogs, cats and rabbits that come from the Ottawa Humane Society. ” (Foote, 2016) The mention of other animal rescues in the city should have gotten some spotlight here, simply because I am aware of cat and dog rescues in the city doesn’t mean everyone is. It could have been a golden opportunity for some of the other hardworking rescues in the city.
Don’t get me wrong; I like the OHS. It brought me my beautiful, blue-eyed, deaf cat, Winter, whom I adore tremendously. I found her because she, like most other OHS animals, was on display at my local pet store. I love looking at those little guys and gals when I go into pet stores, and it makes me happy to know that they’ll be adopted. However, there are so many additional rescues out there doing amazing work that need recognition.
I do some volunteer work for the Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue (OSCatR). I picked this organization because they have a “TNR” program, which stands for “Trap Neuter Release”. TNR “ends reproduction, stabilizes feral cat populations, improves individual cats’ lives and curbs the spread of infectious disease. The behaviors and stresses associated with mating — pregnancy, yowling, and fighting — are reduced or stop entirely.” By trapping and neutering/spaying stray cats, the population of stray cats slowly and steadily decreases. The OSCatR also takes stray cats in and places them in foster homes, giving them the care; medicine; and affection needed so they can be adopted out. I think the work they do is amazing and I feel like OSCatR and other hardworking rescues should be getting more attention in the media.
As seen on the Facebook comments, others also agree that including other rescues in the article would have been nice to see. It’s definitely an area of interest for others as well. In my opinion, this article missed an opportunity to inform readers of local, non profit rescues in the city. These rescues work hard, if not harder, and do not get anywhere near as much attention as the OHS; this must change.
What do you think? Do you think the media should have made mention to other animal rescues in the city? Or do you think the mention of the OHS was all the article needed? Let me know what you think!
Foote, Andrew. “City of Ottawa to Mull Tightening Leash on Dog, Cat, Rabbit Sales.” CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 22 Jan. 2016. Web. 07 Feb. 2016.
Tucker, Terry. “My good friend is Mark Taylor’s assistant. ” Facebook.com January 25 2016. Web. February 7, 2016. Web.
“Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue.” Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue. Web. 07 Feb. 2016.