First intensive feral cat sterilization pilot project

As part of the Trap-Neuter-Release-Maintain program (TNRM), an intensive pilot project will take place in southwestern Montréal with many street cats being sterilized this fall. The program is a humane, effective and economical method to reduce Montréal’s homeless cat population.

Cat in an alley

The TNRM pilot project will be intensively deployed in the LaSalle, Sud-Ouest and Verdun boroughs. Created in partnership with the SPCA and the SPA mobile du Québec, in collaboration with the Services Animaliers de la Rive-Sud, it consists of catching, neutering, vaccinating (and deworming if needed) adult street cats. They will then be returned to their setting. This proven method interrupts the reproductive cycle, gradually decreasing the number of cats living on the street. Some of the animals may find a forever home with families.

If you are interested in volunteering to be part of the Trap-Neuter-Release-Maintain program in your neighbourhood, you can apply for a free permit as of now.

Compulsory sterilization and microchipping as of January

Beginning on January 1, 2020, sterilization and microchipping of cats and dogs will become mandatory. Owners of rabbits over 6 months old must also have their pets neutered by that date.

Sterilization of pets offers several advantages and is recognized by veterinarians because it:

  • Prevents several health problems, including tumours and infections;
  • Eliminates undesirable behaviour, such as urine marking, and running away and roaming during reproductive periods;
  • Prevents inconveniences in female cats in heat (bleeding, agitation, meowing);
  • Helps control populations by limiting undesirable litters.

Microchipping is a permanent identification method that inserts a computer chip the size of a grain of rice under your pet’s skin. It is a simple and quick way to find a lost animal.

Implementation of this regulation, which is in addition to the requirement to have a pet permit, was done to improve cohabitation of animals in the city.

Free sterilization program

In order to make it possible for low-income households to participate, a municipal program for free pet sterilization is available, in partnership with the Montréal SPCA. Citizens who wish to register for this program must do so before November 1, 2019.