Monday I had a friend over and he arrived shortly after I let the rabbits out for a supervised foray at the front of the house. Even though I fenced in the yard for them, they hate it, and they insist on hanging out on the driveway and visiting the neighbour’s yard. So I let them, but I supervise. After about 20 minutes or so I shooshed them back into the house and went to work. Then when my friend arrived, he came to the front door, I brought him to the garage door, and he put in his bike and I did a few cuts on the table saw with him. I closed up all the doors, and went to the back yard to have a snack and then do a bunch of work.
I didn’t realize that Ringo had let himself out again until 10 pm, when the girls waited at the bottom of the stairs for their food. So for about six hours, Ringo was outside with no way back in. And he’s not the brightest, most adventurous rabbit. I fear him being taken by someone who has no heart for animals, thinking of rabbit as stew (by the way, if you ever make this “joke” to someone who has a pet rabbit, you’re an idiot). I hope instead he has been taken by someone, who seems to be in the majority, who felt sorry for the cute bunny rabbit, and that he’s in an apartment somewhere, confused by his change of environment and wondering “where my girls’ at?”
So I am looking for my rabbit, with the exact opposite of help from my city borough of the Sud Ouest, who think posters of lost pets is a “nuisance” and “not clean” so they take them down because “it’s against the law.” Meanwhile, the contract they give out for animal control – because the Ville de Montreal doesn’t think it is actually their in-house responsibility to provide this service properly to the residents – goes to a for-profit pound (with a bad reputation) at the very eastern tip of the island, 25+ km away and virtually inaccessible by public transit for the residents of our borough, many of whom are under the poverty line and unable to deal with major complications such as losing their pet.
I have written a lengthy letter to my borough to tell them how they are serving themselves more than serving the people who live here, but I would like to ask readers to call 311 if they live in the Sud Ouest or in any borough of Montreal and complain about the removal of lost pet posters. It is only by this kind of publicity that people notice that a lost, found, or errant animal actually is being looked for and by whom, it is only this publicity that calls out skilled volunteers who know the area and can help one look for a lost pet. And many people, in my postering foray yesterday, expressed hostility towards the Sud Ouest administration and the offhand way they go about frustrating their residents.
|Right-clicking the image should download a copy of the poster to your computer.|
In addition, I would welcome e-mail from any Montrealers with business skills and savvy who would like to set up a small “business” (as it needs to be) to obtain the contracts that serve different boroughs of Montreal in order to provide a modern and on-the-ground alternative to shipping pets off to what amounts to an inaccessible factory – because the distant pound is certainly not a farm.