(Assented to November 8, 2018)
WHEREAS over 40 animal shelters and rescue facilities provide valuable support to animals in Manitoba by finding homes for hundreds of neglected or abused animals each year;
AND WHEREAS greater awareness of this important work creates an opportunity to host animal adoption and fostering events throughout Manitoba;
AND WHEREAS these animal shelters and rescue facilities also provide affordable spay and neuter programs that help to control animal populations and protect communities from health and safety risks caused by stray animals;
AND WHEREAS the lack of spay and neuter programs, particularly in northern Manitoba, contributes to growing stray dog populations in these communities, endangering the families and animals that live there;
AND WHEREAS greater awareness of the need for spay and neuter programs creates an opportunity to host events to increase funding and support for them in these communities;
THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:
Animal Shelter and Rescue Awareness Day
In each year, April 10 is to be known throughout Manitoba as Animal Shelter and Rescue Awareness Day.
This Act may be referred to as chapter A96 of the Continuing Consolidation of the Statutes of Manitoba.
This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.