Monday, June 14, 2010

THS To Reopen At The End Of June

The Toronto Humane Society is to reopen in two weeks.
The pet shelter is booking appointments in the meantime for people wanting to give up animals, society president Michael Downey said Monday. The website (www.torontohumanesociety.com) will also soon begin showing pets available to adopt.
“We’re back in business,” Downey said after a court-ordered shutdown to reorganize.
The outgoing board had set June 1 as a reopening date but June 28 proved more reasonable to accommodate all the building renovations and “extensive” staff retraining, Downey said.
Euthanasia, or painless killing of animals suffering from an incurable ailment, is to be part of the new program, said vice-president Marcie Laking.
“We’re letting the vets do their jobs,” she said referring to the previous controversial policy of leaving animals to die naturally in their cages. “If an animal is suffering it will be put down.”
Allegations of animal mistreatment, the euthanasia conflict and charges of mismanagement came to a head in November when officers from the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals raided the River St. shelter and arrested five senior managers, including director Tim Trow, on charges of animal cruelty.
The OSPCA, which has a long and combative history with the THS, had asked the court to remove the THS board and appoint a receiver to oversee its operations.
The OSPCA and THS reached an agreement in April to close the THS’s River St. headquarters — which has been run by the OSPCA since November — from April 12 to June 1, retrain staff and implement new policies to improve animal care.
During the closure, the humane society has retrained staff, renovated parts of the shelter and streamlined operations to make it more accessible to the public.
“We have worked extremely hard during this revitalization period to strive to meet our goal of being a leader in animal care, adoption and advocacy,” said executive director Garth Jerome.

*Taken from the Toronto Star

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