With an alderman saying she hoped the new ordinance could be in place before “the Easter rabbit rush,” the Human Services Committee voted Monday to advance rules restricting sales and adoption of cats, dogs and rabbits to the full Evanston City Council next Monday.
Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, said the quick action was needed for Evanston to be a progressive community that takes a humane stance on the sale and adoption of the pets.
However Fiske asked the city’s legal staff to revise the ordinance to make it clear that it would not prohibit individuals from turning over a pet to a family member or friend if the owner became ill or had to move out of town.
The ordinance would only permit the sale or adoption of cats, dogs and rabbits by animal shelters and federally licensed breeders, and animals from shelters would have to be spayed or neutered before adoption.
“This is a good step to take,” Fiske said, “a step in the right direction.”
Fiske said volunteers from the Red Door Animal Shelter in Rogers Park had urged adoption of the new ordinance. Evanston’s animal shelter is not equipped to handle rabbits, so the Red Door shelter, which does care for rabbits, ends up receiving abandoned rabbits from Evanston.
Alderman Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward, asked for staff to also reach out to the owners of the Looking Glass Pet Shop, located the space at 600 Dempster St. formerly known as Not Just Thee Fish Bowl, to make sure the new ordinance wouldn’t harm their business.
Rabbit photo above from Wikipedia.