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Sample Ordinance-Number of Pets
Number of Dogs, Cats and Ferrets: No person or persons at any one residence within the City shall at any one time own, harbor or license more than two (2) adult dogs, two (2) adult cats or two (2) adult ferrets, except as otherwise provided herein. A person or persons may own more than two (2) adult dogs, two (2) adult cats, or two (2) adult ferrets provided:
A. All dogs in household are individually licensed;
B. All animals in household over the age of four months are sterilized;
C. Person owning animals must be able to provide certificate of sterilization or veterinarian letter indicating animal is incapable of reproduction;
D. Animals do not create a nuisance or public health and safety risk;
E. Adequate areas for confinement and shelter are provided;
F. All animals in household are cared for in a humane and sanitary manner;
G. Other provisions of this title are complied with.
- “Feral cat” means any homeless, wild or untamed cat.
- “Feral cat colony” means a group of homeless, wild or untamed cats living or growing together.
- “Feral cat custodian”- means any person who provides food, water and shelter to or otherwise cares for a feral cat colony.
Feral Cat Colony Management – Requirements
Unless prohibited by zoning or other ordinances or laws, any person over eighteen may act as a feral cat custodian provided:
- Cats have been sterilized, given their vaccinations as required and ear-tipped, or are being actively trapped so as to perform sterilization, vaccination and ear-tipping;
- The custodian retains a detailed description of each cat in the colony including vaccination history;
- The custodian retains proof of property owner and/or landlord permission at the site that the colony is being maintained; and provides property owner/landlord with cat custodian contact information.
Maintaining a Registered Feral Cat Colony – Additional Requirements
Feral cat colony custodians shall:
- Take responsibility for feeding the cat colony regularly throughout the year, while ensuring that the feeding area(s) are secure from insect, rodent, and other vermin attraction and harborage;
- Remove droppings, spoiled food, and other waste from the premises as often as necessary and at least every seven (7) days, to prevent odor, insect or rodent attraction or breeding, or any other nuisance.
- Make reasonable efforts to obtain proper medical attention to any colony cat who appears to require it;
- Make reasonable efforts to remove any adoptable cats or kittens and place them into permanent homes.