How many pets is too many? Or should there not even be a limit on the number of pets allowed?
Gerri and Kevin Steckley foster 30 cats in their Winkler, Canada home. But the city recently notified the Steckleys that they were in violation of Winkler’s animal control bylaw that has a two-cat limit for homes fostering animals.
“They weren’t being picked on or anything of that nature, it’s just that 30 cats is a long way from two…I was made aware they have more cats than the bylaw allows. If people want to keep more animals than that they have to do it outside city limits,” said Winkler’s chief administrative officer Vince Anderson.
Pet owners who do not abide by the bylaw can be fined and may even be given a 30 day jail sentence for a second offense.
The Steckleys are challenging the animal control bylaw and said, “We put a lot of effort into getting these cats the way they are and to see it go down the tubes like that…it shows a lack of responsibility.”
They added that they would move outside the city before they gave up any of the cats that they are caring for.
The couple fosters cats from animal shelters including seven that came from a local humane society that developed lung infections when they lived at a farm. They hope the seven cats will be ready for a new home after a six month stay with them. Gerri Steckley said the cats are doing better with the couple and are adapting more to people in a home setting versus at an animal shelter.
All of the cats live inside the house and can get fresh air and playtime by going through a tunnel in their backyard that leads to an enclosed treehouse.
The Steckleys said the cats are like their children. And they simply want to take nurse them back to health, so the cats can find new loving homes.
Source: The Winnipeg Free Press