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The union representing striking Vancouver City and Park Board workers is urging the public not to cross CUPE picket lines when making use of Vancouver Pound services.

Rick Gates, President of CUPE Local 15, says that while the Vancouver Pound continues to operate as an essential service, staffed by management staff, local pet-lovers can still make use of basic pound services without crossing picket lines.

Its unfortunate that the city pound is yet another service disrupted by the citys unwillingness to participate in meaningful bargaining with the union, says CUPE Local 15 President Rick Gates. At the same time, however, we realize that some members of the public will need to rely on some of these services, despite the strike.

The union is urging members of the public to follow these suggestions:

  • If you believe your dog has been impounded, call the pound at 251-1325, giving as much information about your dog as possible (breed, colour, etc.). If a positive identification can be made, you can request that management staff bring your dog into the pounds play area, outside the picket line, to be returned to you there.

  • If you wish to adopt a pet, call the pound at 251-1325. Pet information, including photographs, can be found at www.city.vancouver.bc.ca/commsvcs/PandL/pound/ adoptfost.htm. If you wish to adopt a dog, management staff can, in many cases, arrange for the pet to be delivered directly to your home.

  • If you are a volunteer, we are asking you to please respect our picket line and resume your volunteer activities after the strike is over. The essential services order ensures that dogs in the pound are continuing to receive appropriate food, grooming, and exercise.

For more information:
Jim Kirk, 291-1940 or 720-7905