Last week our director sent this email to Mayor Emanuel, Susana Mendoza and the 50 Aldermen:
“The citizens of Chicago have spoken and are continuing to speak out against the ordinance to reduce the stray hold for cats and dogs. There are currently over 10,000 signatures on the petition to revisit the ordinance for reducing the stray hold for cats and dogs in Chicago.
There was NO discussion regarding how this was going to affect the hundreds of thousands of citizens and their loved family pets. This new ordinance just made it harder for families to find their lost pets. The issue at Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) is their extremely low Return To Owner (RTO) rate of 15% for dogs and 0% for cats and that is what needs to be addressed. Many cities and counties (even in Illinois) have RTO rates of 50% or more for dogs and 3-13% for cats. Common sense dictates that by getting owned strays back home it saves taxpayers’ money. An added benefit is increased goodwill and public press for CACC and Chicago.
Please take a minute to read Lost Dogs Illinois blogs:
Please feel free to contact me.”
Again, they did not take the time to do their homework in making a decision which affects thousands of citizens in both Chicago and Cook County. Please continue to put pressure on the Mayor and the aldermen. Be clear with your message and ask them to revisit the ordinance.