Survey Answers from James Cappleman

Survey Answers

Alderman James Cappleman

  1. Do you own a pet? Tell us about them!
    Alderman Cappleman had a lab mix rescue who passed away. He is not ready for a new dog yet, but will rescue when they are ready.
  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, as a Catholic the Alderman doesn’t believe in the “death penalty” for people or dogs.
  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 Cappleman believes it says something about society in the way they treat animals. He supports a budget increase and thinks we should follow best practices from other cities.
  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 Cappleman is working on an initiative to to help domestic abuse shelters take in animals. He also believes in fair rules for tenants with pets.