Survey Answers from Michele Smith

Survey Answers

Alderwoman Michele Smith

  1. Do you own a pet? Tell us about them!
    Michele has had pets-cat(s) in the past and is very pet friendly. She is a huge supporter of Wiggly Field and would like to see our Ward have another dog park! She plans to have a dog event in the spring at one of our parks.
  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?
    Michele supports the resolution to make Chicago a no-kill city.
  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?
    Michele would love to see CACC get more funding for 2017. One of her ideas was to merge the Cook County Rabies tag fund and a City fund for CACC. She thinks that could efficiently streamline the money, improve facilities, and potentially create a co-op. She also would like to create more revenue for CACC using a tax or charge via Veterinary visits or vaccines.
  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?
    Michele would like to see more education for pet owners and community outreach when it comes to this matter. She would like to find a way to ease landlords and her constituents into allowing all dogs of all breeds and sizes in their communities.