The Montreal SPCA has announced a new partnership with the city that will provide assistance to calèche owners, compensating up to $1,000 per horse.
The city’s compensation is part of the Plante administration’s plans to move forward with shutting down the calèche industry, which is slated to end on December 31, 2019.
Starting May 1, horse owners can sign up through the SPCA website to receive the $1,000 in compensation. According to the news release, the SPCA and other animal rights associations will help place the animals with adoptive families and shelters.
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“The Montreal SPCA was originally founded in 1869 to improve the living conditions of workhorses in Montreal,” says Sophie Gaillard, a lawyer and director of animal advocacy at the Montreal SPCA. “150 years later, we are continuing our efforts to improve the welfare of all animals. We are pleased to work with the City of Montreal to protect these horses and find them new homes where they can enjoy a peaceful retirement.”
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The city also announced plans to partner with Emploi Québec along with the federal government to help calèche drivers reintegrate the job market and find new jobs.