As all pet owners already know, there are many obligations and responsibilities that come with owning an animal. From your dog wearing the proper collar to microchipping your cat, Montreal has many regulations that pet owners must follow.\nOne of the more controversial regulations coming out of city hall is the mandatory sterilization and microchipping of all dogs, cats, and rabbits six months or older by January 1st, 2020. In Laval, this regulation has been in effect since January 1st, 2018.\nThere's already a petition circulating online, demanding that the city of Montreal delay the deadline by at least one year in order to "further research, review and publish a comprehensive study" on the effects of mass animal sterilization.\nThe petition has gained 18 of the needed 100 signatures at the time of writing. Ashbeel John, who initiated the petition, asks why the city isn't focusing on "prioritizing education for our citizens to form better, deeper relationships with our companions."\nView this post on Instagram Merci @genbunnyparte ! Nos lapins adorent vos jouets. 💛 Thank you Napoleon Bunnyparte! Our bunnies adore your toys. . . . #bunny #lapin #shelterbunnies #refuge #shelter #toys #jouets #fun #thankyou #merci #gifts #cadeaux #spcamontreal #montrealspca #montreal A post shared by SPCA de Montréal (@spcamontreal) on Jan 25, 2018 at 2:03pm PST\nHe also requests a team of volunteers and experts to come up with alternative solutions. According to the city of Montreal, spaying and neutering animals helps "curb overpopulation and limit the number of unwanted offspring. It also prevents a great many euthanasias."\nView this post on Instagram Nous avons présentement plusieurs magnifiques animaux disponibles pour adoption, dont majoritairement des chats et des petits animaux, ainsi que quelques chiens adultes de grande taille. Et comme nous voulons trouver à chacun d’entre eux une famille adoptive aimante, nous avons décidé d’organiser un événement d’adoption spécial. C’est pourquoi ce vendredi, les frais d’adoption des animaux de 5 mois et plus seront absorbés par la SPCA de Montréal. 💕 The Montreal SPCA currently has many wonderful animals available for adoption, mainly cats and small animals, as well as a few large adult dogs. As we want to find a loving adoptive family for each animal, we decided to organize a special adoption event. That is why this Friday, the Montreal SPCA is absorbing the adoption fees for animals over 5 months old. . . . #adoption #adoptdontshop #adopt #cats #dogs #shelter #shelteranimals #animallovers #catadoption #dogadoption #smallanimals #spca #spcamontreal #montrealspca #montreal A post shared by SPCA de Montréal (@spcamontreal) on Jun 19, 2019 at 1:01pm PDT\nThe author of the petition mentions that there needs to be an unbiased study on the advantages and disadvantages of neutering. Although, they do admit that "not a single disadvantage has been identified for this mass sterilization."\nREAD ALSO: Montreal Police Are Leaving Theft Warnings On Cars That "Invite" Break-Ins (Photo)\nThe SPCA Montreal takes the position that all animals benefit from being neutered.\nAccording to them, it's the "caring option" because it provides numerous health and social benefits for your animal.\nMandatory microchipping is also a mandate of this regulation. Microchipping "is a permanent method of identifying the owner of a lost pet so that he or she can be contacted."\nView this post on Instagram 🎁 Pour marquer notre 150e anniversaire, nous souhaitons offrir aux animaux le plus beau des cadeaux : 150 nouvelles personnes fidèles, prêtes à soutenir notre action sur une base mensuelle. Cliquez sur le lien en bio pour faire partie de cette formidable communauté! 🎉 To commemorate our 150th anniversary, we would like to give animals the most wonderful gift: 150 faithful new friends, who are ready to look out for them and support our work on a monthly basis. Click on the link in the bio to join our amazing community! . . . #animallovers #helpanimals #donate #animals #animaux #dogs #dog #puppies #doglovers #shelteranimals #shelterdogs #shelter #montrealspca #spcamontreal A post shared by SPCA de Montréal (@spcamontreal) on May 30, 2019 at 12:43pm PDT\nThe petition, however, only demands that the city delay the date for mandatory sterilization.\nIt's unclear how successful they'll be in getting it through. A lot, if not most, pet owners see the benefits of spaying and neutering.\nAs the petition says, perhaps more research is needed.\nThe petition is visible on Change.org.\nFor more information about the rules and regulations of having a pet in Montreal, please visit the city's official website.