Survey Answers from Ariel Reboyras

Survey Answers

Alderman Ariel Reboyras

  1. Do you own a pet? Tell us about them!
    Alderman Reboyras just lost his beloved German Shepherd, Dallas. He and his wife had their dog, Dallas, since he was a puppy. He passed at the age of 15 years and 5 months. He believes in responsible dog ownership and not only kept his dog up to date, neutered, and microchipped, he made sure that his dog was trained and exercised. Dallas was his wife's baby. She is having a very difficult time dealing with his loss.They both loved him dearly. He felt that the long nature walks that they often took were crucial for both of them as it helped relieve stress and cleared his mind.
  2. The City Council recently passed a resolution to make Chicago a “no-kill” city. Did you support the passing of that resolution? Why or Why not?
    Alderman Reboyras is fully in support of making Chicago a No Kill City. He supported the passing of the resolution and sat in on meetings with Steve Dale, Ald. Ray Lopez, Ed Burke, Paws and Susan Russell. He believes that animals should be loved and protected. He also used the adage “Every dog and cat deserves a good home but not every home deserves a dog or cat.” He feels that more needs to be done in communities to address responsible dog and cat ownership through education, low-cost vaccination clinics, etc. He sponsors events throughout the year in the 30th ward for Community Pet days where people can show off their pets as well as get services such as microchips, tags, and vaccinations. He welcomes groups to coordinate with his assistant Barb to bring more events in his ward.
  3. Our city shelter, Chicago Animal Care & Control (“CACC”), took in 17,550 animals in 2015. The budget for the entire department was only $5.7 million. The CACC budget for animal care and control services per animal intake is significantly lower than in comparable cities and the euthanasia rate is significantly higher. (see Note A) It’s clear that a higher budget is needed in order to reduce euthanasia. Would you support a budget increase for CACC in 2017? How much of an increase are you willing to support?
    Alderman Reboyras is fully in favor of assisting in raising the budget for CACC if hard data and realistic solutions can be offered. He does not believe that increasing adoption fees or registration fees would be the proper solution. He feels that people would balk and are already unwilling to pay those fees and data shows that a very small percentage actually bother to register. He feels that adoption rates would drop. He would like to see increases in adoptions and transfers. He was also honest that in this current climate with public safety, crime, economy, and budget shortfalls that the public would balk if even more money were put into CACC instead of education and safety. He also felt that getting the County to share its resources with the City would be a very difficult battle. He suggested that the group work on writing a resolution to present to City Council that would ask citizens to donate whatever amount that they would like on their water bill or tax bill. He would be happy to work with the group on creating it and presenting it.
  4. The majority of animals being euthanized at CACC are large dogs. A study on owner surrenders at CACC showed that housing was the top reason that individuals were surrendering their animal. Would you be open to exploring an ordinance that disallows landlords to ban dogs of certain breeds or sizes and instead focuses on behavior of the animal, or a policy that would encourage landlords to accept dogs of all sizes and breeds?
    Alderman Reboyras was very realistic about this situation. He does not believe in BSL, BUT he also recognizes that bad dog and cat owners ruined it for many others. It is not something that he feels is enforceable. No one can force landlords to accept any pets on their private property. Many properties limit dogs and dog sizes due to insurance policies. He suggested that the group create a resolution to be presented that offered landlords incentives…..Perhaps tenants show paid rental insurance, pet fees etc and landlords offered some kind of break….but again…that is on the County level.