Animal Welfare and the 2022 Municipal Election: You Spoke Up and We Listened | Winnipeg Humane Society
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Winnipeg’s municipal election is just seven days away and there has never been a better time to engage with your city council and mayoral candidates to discuss the animal welfare issues that matter most to you. We at the Winnipeg Humane Society know first-hand how much Winnipeg residents care about animal welfare. Our organization works tirelessly to support pet owners during every step of their pet ownership journey. For instance, the Winnipeg Humane Society currently assists over 10,000 animals annually through internal and external programs, including our low income spay neuter and clinic services, our foster/adoption/behaviour programs, as well as our education, emergency and investigation services. We value the role we play within the Winnipeg community, and the resources we are able to provide to support pet owners across the city.

Earlier this fall, the Winnipeg Humane Society polled Winnipeg constituents to see what municipal animal welfare issues they would like to see addressed by City Council after the October 26th election. Of the almost 1,500 respondents, 46% asked that the current ban on certain dog breeds, known as Breed Specific Legislation, ‘or BSL’, be removed. An additional 22% of respondents stated that current City bylaws do not go far enough in protecting dogs and cats from abuse and neglect and that further measures should be taken. Roughly 16% of respondents also wished to see the City further address the welfare of feral and roaming cat populations. There is still plenty of work to do to improve animal welfare across our city, and we are dedicated in our work as we continue to be the primary resource for Winnipeg’s animals.

In addition to the municipal animal welfare survey, the Winnipeg Humane Society’s CEO, Jessica Miller, met with multiple mayoral candidates in recent weeks to tour them through the organization’s facilities and highlight the crucial role the organization holds within the City of Winnipeg. The goal of our organization is to work closely with City Council and our city’s next mayor to continue improving animal welfare throughout Winnipeg. It costs our organization roughly 9 million dollars annually to provide the community resources needed to carry out this work, and we simply could not function without the continued support of our dedicated donors, volunteers and employees. Thank you to all residents to who took part in our municipal election survey, and who continue to join us in making Winnipeg a kinder, safer city for humans and animals alike