Actions Speak Louder (Calgary) (ASLC) is a volunteer-based campaign established by like-minded Calgary and area citizens concerned with animal welfare and the promotion of knowledgeable and responsible pet guardianship. ASLC advocates for the implementation of a municipal by-law in the City of Calgary that will ban the sale of companion animals on all public and commercial properties. ASLC strongly discourages against finding and purchasing pets online, and promotes the adoption of pets from rescue organizations and reputable breeders.

In June 2012 the City of Calgary confirmed that among recommended changes to the Responsible Pet Ownership ByLaw to be put foward in fall 2012, a recommendation on the ban of retail pet sales will be included! 

Unfortunately, no such steps have yet been taken and the issue remains to be formally discussed. 

To show your support and help the City get the bylaw passed, send a letter to the Mayor or your City Council representative today! You can find a template letter here under "Initiative". 

We at ASLC thank you very much for your support!

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Proposed Changes to Current By-Laws

ASLC requests that the City of Calgary adopt a by-law that will prohibit the advertisement and sale of companion animals (i.e., cats and dogs) on all public and commercial properties in Calgary. 
Exemptions to the by-law shall include adoption events that are approved by the Mayor or that are sponsored by or located on the property of an approved rescue group or rescue individual.

The Purpose of the By-Law

  1. The proposed by-law will eliminate a medium through which puppy mills sell their dogs and “kitten factories” sell their kittens;
  2. It will help to prevent the impulse purchase of pets in pet stores and elsewhere;
  3. It will allow rescue organizations and reputable breeders to fill the niche.  Shelter adoptions will increase, and as a result euthanasia will decrease.  Albuquerque, New Mexico, for example, has noticed a shelter adoption increase of 23% and euthanasia decrease of 35% since enacting their ban in 2006;
  4. It will save the city money - the City of Calgary incurs costs for caring for unwanted dogs and cats, and reducing the number of unwanted and abandoned pets in Calgary is a valid municipal concern; and
  5. There is a public interest in ensuring pets which have already been abandoned to animal shelters and which are being supported with public funds find a new home, and cities cannot be faulted for treating those facilities differently from pet stores.