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Kitchener councillor says licencing cats could help relieve humane society costs

Last Updated Oct 19, 2017 at 4:47 am EST

Officials with Cat Rescue Maritimes say they're seeing a growing number of abandoned cats in New Brunswick-- many found near-frozen or starved to death. Russell the cat wears a pink sweater at a news conference in Fredericton, Tuesday, Feb.28, 2017 as he recovers after being found in a snow bank. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kevin Bissett

A Kitchener city councillor is suggesting it may be time to seriously consider licencing cats, just like we do dogs.

Frank Etherington says it would be one way to help the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society deal with skyrocketing costs.

The vast majority of unclaimed animals in its care are cats.

Etherington is just floating the idea right now, and no formal proposal is set to go before city council.

Today’s Record reports, the Humane Society often has over 80 cats in its care, but at one point earlier this month that number ballooned to around 160.

Our area would not be the first to bring in cat licences, if it decided to go that route.

Several Ontario cities already have such a practice in place, including Stratford, Mississauga and London.

In Guelph, there is a voluntary $25 cat licence.