Survey Answers from Debra Silverstein

Survey Answers

Alderwoman Debra Silverstein

  1. Do you own a pet? Tell us about them!
    No, the Alderman does not own a pet, however several members of her staff do own pets and she is pet friendly.
  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?
    Yes. It is a topic that is important to her and her staff as they all love animals and are concerned about animal welfare at CACC.
  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?
    Yes. Unclear on how much is needed, but would support a budget increase to improve the quality of life for the animals while at CACC.
  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?