As this City continues its fast-paced growth, there is a growing need to address concerns related to resident interactions with sick or injured wildlife. As community blocks are developed, wildlife animals relocate to other wooded or undeveloped areas around the city which increases the number of human-wildlife encounters. Between 2013 and 2015, wildlife related calls to Access Vaughan have gone from 1,117 to 2,200 and the increase is likely due to wildlife population cycles, increased resident population, an increase in pet ownership, urbanization, and greater public awareness. The health and safety of everyone living in this community – including pets and wildlife – is a priority for the City of Vaughan and that it why Members of Council were presented with a recommendation to provide enhanced wildlife service in Vaughan through an in-house solution during their Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, June 1.
Wildlife Response Service Delivery
Staff looked at three models of Wildlife Response from a budgetary perspective that included providing in-house services, OSPCA wildlife services, and a private service provider. Over a four year period (2016 – 2019), it would cost the City of Vaughan $690,000.00 to provide wildlife response services, with the largest portion devoted to the initial set up of services by extending the Vaughan animal shelter for a secluded holding and treatment area, hiring two part-time staff, and other costs associated with operating the shelter. The other two models of hiring outside companies to provide services, would cost the City of Vaughan between $980,000.00 to $1,660,000.00. Please see comparison chart below for details.
In-house Services would include:
- offering 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week response to calls
- hiring two part-time animal control officers
- purchasing an additional animal control vehicle
- establishing a wildlife intake and holding area in the current animal shelter to deal with all sick and injured wildlife
- transferring of eligible animals to license rehabilitators
This solution would also enhance the existing animal services delivery model and allow for expanded hours of operation for domestic dog and cat services. Healthy wild animals that cause a nuisance will continue to be the responsibility of the property owner.
The service was approved and ratified by Council at the June 28, 2016 meeting of Council. The service will begin on Sept. 1, 2016, which corresponds with the date York Regional Police will no longer respond to routine calls about sick or injured animals. This will ensure continuity in this service for residents. Click here to read the full report.
Vaughan Animal Services currently provides sheltering, adoption and animal control services for domestic dogs and cats as well as education about how to effectively co-exist with local wildlife. Vaughan also provides animal services to the Township of King and the Town of Stouffville. The Vaughan Animal Services shelter is located at 70 Tigi Crt.
For more information about animal services, please call Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281 or visit vaughan.ca/animals.
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