Thursday, April 29, 2010

Honouring Canada's Pet Heroes

Four life-saving pets to be inducted into the Purina Animal Hall of Fame

TORONTO, April 29 /CNW/ - On Monday, May 3rd, three valiant pets and one incredible service dog will be recognized for saving human lives at the 42nd Purina Animal Hall of Fame(TM). All of these amazing animals have displayed extraordinary acts of courage and devotion, demonstrating the unique bond that exists between animals and humans as well as the important role pets play in our lives.
The induction ceremony will be held at PawsWay Pet Discovery Centre at Harbourfront, in Toronto, a first-of-its-kind, and the permanent home of the Purina Animal Hall of Fame.
Since 1968, the Purina Animal Hall of Fame has celebrated the special bond between pets and people, and true heroism shown by special Canadian animals. 2009 marked a significant year for pets carrying out extraordinary feats of bravery, instinct and intelligence for pets resulting in saving human lives. Inductees were carefully selected from hundreds of nominations from across the country. The 2010 Inductees will join the other 142 courageous pets and service animals previously honoured in the Purina Animal Hall of Fame. The 2010 awards ceremony will be co-hosted by Animal House Radio's, Aaron and Dr. Mike, with inductee presentations from Dr. Elizabeth Stone, Dean of the Ontario Veterinary College, journalists Barbara Turnbull and Jody Cowan.

When:     Monday, May 3, 2010
              10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
              Doors open: 10:00 a.m.
              Ceremony begins: 10:15 a.m.
              Lunch reception to follow
    Where:    PawsWay Pet Discovery Centre
              245 Queens Quay West, Toronto
              Parking available at Queens Quay West & Rees St. (NW corner)
    What:     - Induction ceremony featuring four life-saving stories
              - Photography and video opportunities with the inductees and
                their owners
              - Interview opportunities with the pet owners and notable pet
                 enthusiasts
              - Special unveiling of inductee portraits and stories in the
                official Purina Animal Hall of Fame display

For further information: RSVP: Stacey Flowers, Alison Dresser, (416) 969-2752, (416) 969-2668, [email protected], [email protected]

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Oxygen Masks For Pets That Need Rescuing!

Pet owners will be able to breathe easier after Toronto Fire Services receives a donation of animal oxygen masks on Thursday.
Fire chief vans in all 16 districts will be kitted out with a $100 set of three masks, in sizes big enough to fit a Great Dane and small enough to resuscitate a parrot.
“A dog has a snout, so it’s a longer style mask than for a human,” said Dr. Barbara Bryer, head of the emergency department at Veterinary Emergency Clinic, which is donating half the masks. The rest are a gift from the pet safety company, Invisible Fence of the Greater Toronto Area.
About 20 Toronto pets suffer from fire-related smoke inhalation every year.
Firefighters will not get specific training in using the masks on frightened or unconscious pets, said fire department Capt. Adrian Ratushniak, but treating a dog is comparable to treating “a small child.”
He wasn’t sure if only dogs and cats would be eligible for oxygen treatment. “I imagine the small masks would probably be suitable for a ferret.”

*Taken from the Toronto Star.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Just A Year?


The Canadian Press
NEWMARKET, Ont. — A man who repeatedly tortured his girlfriend's dogs until one succumbed to broken ribs, a fractured skull and two detached retinas has been sentenced to a year in jail.
Christopher Michael Munroe of Toronto has also been banned from owning a dog for 25 years, must complete 150 hours of community service and pay $13,000 in vet bills to the owner.
The abuse was discovered in 2008 by a vet who ran tests that showed the two Boston Terrier-type dogs had been subjected to numerous "brutal" beatings over a six-week period.
The vet reported the torture to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the man was convicted on April 15 of one count of wilfully killing an animal and two counts of wilfully causing unnecessary pain.
The dogs' owner had previously spent $6,000 on medical fees for her pets, unaware that her boyfriend was torturing the animals.
Connie Mallory, of the OSPCA, calls the sentence a huge step forward for animal welfare.

*Taken from ctv.ca

Group Seven Submissions!



From top to bottom :


1) Jiminy Cricket
2) Pickles
3) Bugsy
4) Roxy
5) Ami James

Monday, April 26, 2010

If You Are Thinking Of Getting A Pet, This Event Is A Must!!


Saturday, May 8th and Sunday, May 9th
EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT PUPPIES & KITTENS!
(Sat 11 am to 5 pm / Sun 11 am to 3 pm)

Learn everything you need to know if your family is considering its first pet. We’ll have experts who will help you decide what breed of dog or cat you should consider, and teach you how to raise and train that puppy or your kitten. We’ll have veterinarians and trainers and nutritionists and experts in all kinds of cat and dog breeds to advise you. We’ll even have all kinds of adorable puppies and kittens for you to meet and cuddle. Everything you’ll need to know before you choose your puppy or kitten will be at PawsWay. FREE ADMISSION.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Peek-A-Boo!

Vet Camp For Kids!

Toronto teenager Chantal Ruivo has four cats at home and five dog-walking clients that keep her scooping and running seven days a week. She has also volunteered at a local doggie daycare.
The Grade 10 student always figured her logical career choice would be veterinarian. Until last summer, when she attended Pawsitively Pets Kids Camp, a unique Toronto day camp for young animal lovers.
Ruivo watched a vet perform surgery, earned a certificate in pet first aid, worked in an animal shelter and visited the Toronto Wildlife Centre.
She realized her real passion wasn’t the finer points of animal medicine, but in working hands-on with the creatures.
“It really opened my eyes,” says Ruivo, 16. “Since I was a kid I always wanted to be a vet. But now because of the program, I think it would have been a mistake. I’d rather be a vet tech.”
Giving older kids a taste of career and volunteer opportunities is one of the reasons Jennifer Ego launched her unusual camp, which is open to kids ages 5 through 16 and operates out of Dundas West Animal Hospital (www.pawsitivelypetskidscamp.com).
It began as a one-week trial two years ago, followed by two sessions last year. This summer, it will run sessions throughout July and August, accommodating 25 children and teens in four age groups every week.
A lifelong animal lover and director of the dog rescue agency K9 Rescue Me, Ego also wanted to give young children a chance to nurture and learn about critters..
“The goal behind the camp came down to what I would have wanted to do when I was that age,” says Ego, 36, who had a dog, a hamster and horses while growing up.
“I was always the kid bringing home the dog I found running down the street, or the injured bird.”
The youngest campers learn about basic animal care and have hands-on sessions with dogs and cats as well as chinchillas, rabbits and reptiles. They learn about bugs and visit the Toronto Wildlife Centre and a shelter. Costs start at $325 a week.
Mini-vet programs for kids 12 and up include shelter work, a day in a vet clinic, observing animal surgery and performing mock surgery on a banana. More experienced campers learn about injections, study bloodwork using microscopes and attend a vet workshop at the zoo. Those sessions start at $450 a week.
Ego has two dogs and has fostered about 50 others awaiting new homes over the past 10 years. The notion of a camp came to her as she observed the long line of kids in her Leaside neighbourhood constantly clamouring to help with her dogs.
Programs were developed with the help of veterinarian Dr. Scott Bainbridge, of Dundas West Animal Hospital, and partners include Toronto Animal Services, the Ontario SPCA and the Toronto Wildlife Centre. All pets handled by the campers are child-certified and temperament tested.
The wildlife centre visit is a chance to educate children and teens about the difference between domestic and wild species (which cannot be handled) and about animal rescue, says executive director Nathalie Karvonen. Youths can volunteer there at age 16.
“It’s great that the camp gives them a diversity of experiences with animals.”
Meanwhile, 16-year-old Ruivo is saving her dog-walking money so she can attend the next two levels of mini-vet camp this summer.
“I know it’s expensive, so I’m going to raise the extra money myself.”

*Taken from the Toronto Star

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Toronto Humane Reopening

The Toronto Humane Society will reopen its doors Monday, more than a month after a number of staff members there were charged with animal cruelty.
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals raided the headquarters of the THS on Nov. 26 and charged five senior staff — including the agency’s former president, chief veterinarian and general manager — with animal cruelty following a six-month investigation.
At that time, lead investigator Kevin Strooband dubbed the facility a “house of horrors,” after officials said dozens of “disease-infested” animals were left to die in their cages rather than being euthanized. Others were not given adequate food and water.
According to investigators, a mummified cat was also found in the ceiling of the office, stuck in a live trap meant to serve as a humane method of catching the escaped animal — but one that was never checked.
A statement released last Thursday announced public animal adoptions would resume Monday at THS headquarters, located in the east end of Toronto’s downtown core.
“We are excited to be restarting adoptions at this location and that these animals are being given the opportunity to find new, forever homes,” spokesman Ian McConachie said.
The statement said approximately 100 cats and 20 dogs would be available for adoption Monday, with more pets becoming available in the coming days.
Some staff were permitted to re-enter the building on Dec. 29 after an Ontario Superior Court judge ruled that the employees must be allowed back in. Animal care and treatment at the shelter, however, remains under the direction of the Ontario SPCA.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Helping The Planet...One Baggie At A Time!


TORONTO, ON (Thursday April 22nd, 2010) Today’s society is bombarded with messages about sustainability and going “green” via the media. With this being said, some dog owners have taken this message to heart and are reducing their dog’s carbon mark on this planet by enlisting the services of a fresh, trendy and unique Toronto dog walking business called GreenPaws.

President and Dog/Planet Lover, Linda Chep, states, “GreenPaws was cultivated out of the sheer love for dogs and the planet. We hope that our business can educate people on how to help themselves and their dogs go 'green', as well as contribute to the betterment of our environment through our services."

What makes GreenPaws “green”? Every one of their Dog Walkers has signed an “aGREENment” vowing to practice sustainability in their daily lives. In addition, they also use high quality “green” pet products such a biodegradable baggies, recyclable toys and leases constructed out of organic materials.

Unfortunately, most dog owners and walkers are still using plastic bags to clean up after their dogs without knowing that, in a landfill, a plastic bag takes up to 100 years to decompose. In comparison, a biodegradable bag only takes 40 days to decompose.

It is well known that the general public has to be more conscious about its effect on the environment. People have to make an effort in leading a more “green” lifestyle. Whether it be turning of their tap while brushing their teeth to starting a “green” dog walking business, no act is too small to have a positive impact on the environment. Humans and dogs cannot exist without a planet.

 About GreenPaws:

Just like how most brilliant ideas are born, Linda Chep came up with GreenPaws while perusing the lively streets of Toronto on her vintage Dutch bike… and, well, after completing a development project on a film about sustainability. Not everything comes out of thin air.

Hours later and with the help of her good friends, GreenPaws was born. Servicing Toronto’s downtown core,and the Beaches, GreenPaws treats your dog as if it were its own by providing a fun, professional, and, most importantly, “green” dog walking experience.

For more information, please visit www.green-paws.ca, or contact Carolyn Horbacyzk
P: 416.806.9798 / E: [email protected]

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Great Deed Indeed!

When money is tight, families face tough choices.
“People every day are having to choose whether to feed themselves or feed their pet,” says Oakville resident Kim Ford, who this year started a pet food bank called Project Maddie.
“I’d been thinking about it for years really, but I always thought it would be one of those things where you win the lottery to make it happen,” says Ford. A 10-year volunteer at the Oakville & Milton Humane Society, she regularly sees owners part with pets they can no longer afford, especially during the last year’s recession.
Turns out, she just needed the will to organize, and get word out through a new blog, projectmaddie.blogspot.com. Area merchants donate food at, or near, expiry dates and it’s made available to pet owners who can’t make ends meet. Ford has applied for charitable status and hopes to issue tax receipts in a few months.
Medical expenses, though, require money and the Companion Animals Wellness Foundation helps address that. The registered charity was started in 2006 to help low-income owners cover unforeseen vet costs — it’s run through Toronto’s Veterinary Emergency Clinic.
Justin Hart is one of those pet owners. His year-old cat, Captain, was accidentally hit at home by a falling box that broke its leg. The 24-year-old, living on disability assistance, had no money for emergency vet treatment.
His mother found the CAWF online. One phone call to qualify, and Captain’s expenses were covered. “I don’t know what I would have done otherwise,” says Hart, of Toronto.
A pet that’s been hit by a vehicle can require up to $10,000 in diagnostics, surgeries and medications says Natasha Sapra, executive director of the Veterinary Emergency Clinic.
“There is a great need, with not a lot of money behind it,” she says of the fund organizers had built to just half the hoped-for $150,000 before taking cases on.
“There is only so much we can do, because at the end of the day finances are needed to keep the door open,” she says. They’re still looking for corporate sponsorship.
And the question of money opens the debate about whether people should own pets if they can’t cover their bills.
The answer to that, says Sapra, is simple. “They (people in need) rely on their animals more than anybody.
“Pets aren’t making those decisions,” she adds, “so if we can help them, we want to. We can’t help them all, certainly not now. But maybe one day.”
Rescue groups who take abandoned or seized pets pay for the animals’ medical needs and use networks big and small to foster — and ultimately place — those pets in homes.
K9 Rescue Me, created by Toronto resident Jennifer Ego, is an umbrella organization for 30 small rescue groups. They can guide donations through K9, and Ego holds the money in trust to be drawn as needed.
“We have a good relationship with most of the shelters,” Ego says. “If they have an animal they feel they cannot place, they’ll often ask one of the rescue groups to help them with it.
“There’s never an end and never enough money,” she adds.
As a volunteer, Ego co-ordinates fundraising initiatives. The largest is a walkathon linked to the annual Woofstock dog festival, running June 12-13. Last year they raised $100,000 and are hoping to top that for this year’s seventh annual event.
Rescue pets can have expensive medical needs and may require rehab. That’s when she’s contacted, says Tania Costa, owner of Canine Wellness Centre physiotherapy clinic, in East York.
“Usually it’s (somebody’s) animal and it gets into some sort of accident and they don’t want it or they can’t care for it,” Costa says.
After vet bills are paid by rescue organizations, there’s nothing left for rehabilitation expenses. So Costa created Rehab for Rescues to help pay those costs and keeps the proceeds from her small, private fundraisers under Ego’s K9 umbrella.
Costa has helped paralyzed cats and dogs walk again and says “they all get adopted out to great homes.”

*Taken from the Toronto Star, and written by Barbara Turnbull

Monday, April 19, 2010

Remember Folks, It's Now Getting Too Warm Throughout The Days To Do This!

A young puppy was doggone excited to be rescued from the hot back seat of a car in downtown Toronto Monday afternoon, thanks to a concerned citizen.
The small husky was locked in a cage, with a dish of water just out of reach, for about two hours before she was freed by Toronto Police officers and handed over to an Animal Services worker.
“I was on my way home and heard this poor dog yelping,” said Mike Webster, 54, who lives in an apartment building on Spadina Rd. a block north of Bloor St. W.
“I didn’t know if it was in distress, but it was panting and it certainly seemed like it wasn’t happy to be trapped in there.”
The husky, believed to be about three months old, was in a silver Chevy Cobalt parked in front of Webster’s building at about 1 p.m., according to a parking meter ticket on the dash.
The ticket showed the dog owner paid for three hours of parking.
Webster said the sun was beating down on the car, prompting him to call Animal Services around 1:40 p.m.
He called Toronto Police 20 minutes later because Animal Services hadn’t shown up yet.
The car’s windows and sunroof were left open a crack and the sun had dropped behind the building, putting the car in shade by the time police officers and an Animal Services staffer arrived at about 2:30 p.m.
“That’s still a long time to leave a pet alone locked in a vehicle, especially a puppy,” Webster said. “I think people need to be reminded now that the warmer weather is here not to leave their pets, or children, locked in a vehicle.”
While it was cool in the shade Monday, it was quite warm in the sun as the temperature reached about 15C.
However, it would have been much warmer in the cage locked inside a car, which is why Animal Services determined at about 3 p.m. that the pooch should be rescued.
A police officer managed to reach inside the car’s sunroof and unlock the doors. The puppy was removed and immediately gulped down some water before expressing her gratitude to her rescuers by licking all involved and rolling over to have her belly rubbed.
At 3:30 p.m., the dog owner still hadn’t returned to the car, so animal care and control officer Kathleen Buchanan took custody of the puppy.
She said Animal Services decides “on a case by case basis” whether charges should be laid.
In this case, the dog’s owner will not be charged because the puppy wasn’t in any real danger.
“But they’ll get a stern warning,” Buchanan said.

*Taken from The Toronto Sun

This Week's Pawsway Schedule

Another exciting week of events @ PawsWay!

1/ Don't forget on Wednesday, April 21st, our next series of classes in conjunction with Life's Ruff begins!

It's not too late to register, but time is of the essence! We're offering Puppy, Basic & Intermediate Obedience led by award winning instructor Debbie Reynolds.

PUPPY CLASSES, BASIC OBEDIENCE & INTERMEDIATE OBEDIENCE

• TIMES: Puppy Class: 6pm - 7pm / Basic Obedience: 7pm - 8pm / Intermediate Obedience: 8pm - 9pm

• COST: $185 + GST (PLUs in database and can be paid at PawShop)

• PUPPY CLASS OUTLINE:
o Ages: 12 weeks - 20 weeks
o Critical learning period for puppies to learn their social skills is between birth to 20 weeks of age
o Learning puppy social skills will help prevent problems developing in their adult years and will help ensure a socially sound pet
o Focus will include puppies interact with other families
o Off leash play with other puppies
o Social handling lessons
o Emulation of nail clipping
o Teach appropriate greeting techniques
o Confidence building tips
o Recalls (come command including sit and pay attention)
o Discussion of behaviour issues such as crating, preventing separation anxiety and dealing with excessive barking

• BEGINNER OBEDIENCE OUTLINE:
o Ages: 20 weeks +
o Effective communication techniques with your dog
o Consistent training methods
o Basic commands such as stay, wait, recalls, off, leave it, give, watch me and heeling

• INTERMEDIATE OBEDIENCE OUTLINE:
o Ages: 20 weeks +
o This challenging class builds upon previous training and adds new elements such as training with distractions, distance training and hand pulls
o New skills include lead pulls, return around, off leash recalls and recall with distractions

• REQUIREMENTS:
o Payment required ahead of time to reserve spot
o Up to date vaccination records
o Registration and PawsWay waiver must be completed
o Intermediate enrollment requires completion of basic obedience or for the dog to be at a basic obedience level

2/ Also on Wednesday is the PawsWay Walking Club which is off to a roaring start! Walks occur at 6pm, 7pm & 8pm. It's a great social event plus a way to get exercise and bond further with your dog! Included in the $25 registration fee is cool Walking club gear, weekly nutrition tips and tracking. Contact Stacy - [email protected]http://www.facebook.com/l/b0e83;nestle.com for more details.

3/ This Saturday, our theme is 'The German Shepherd'. Is the German Shepherd the World’s Most Versatile Dog? What are the myths and the realities of this well known breed?

Watch with awe as this intelligent breed demonstrates what it can do.

4/ Finally, this Sunday, April 25th is our Pet First Aid course.

Again, space is limited so register ASAP!

PET FIRST AID COURSE

OUTLINE: A one day 'paws on' course designed to give pet lovers the necessary information and skills required to stabilize an injured animal until qualified veterinary care is available. Course topics include artificial respiration, CPR, airway obstruction, bleeding and wounds, shock, poisoning, eye and ear injuries, bone and joint injuries, preventative medicine, parasites, injuries from heat and cold, artificial respiration, CPR, airway obstruction. Content applies to both cats and dogs.

Students will practice banding and rescue techniques with real dogs - you can bring your own family dog (or share one!). Naturally any attending dogs must be quite and friendly and you must provide proof of vaccination.

DATES: Sunday, April 25th 8:30am - 6:30pm

COST: $185.95 per person (includes First Aid manual, test + GST)

If you have any questions, please call PawsWay at 416 360-PAWS (7297) or email [email protected]

Thanks & have a great week!

Group 6 Of The Contest!



Only two entries this past week...your odds are increasing!!!


Top : Sora
Bottom : Jake

The Importance Of Search & Rescue Dogs

She might have hit the dog and crashed the Cessna had Susannah Charleson not pulled up from her landing that night nearly 20 years ago. Charleson didn’t actually see the dog — Runway Dog she calls him in her new book — until she was later standing on the tarmac.
But she trusted her instincts to abort that first landing at the airstrip outside of Dallas. She trusted her instincts that the dog was a sign.
Years later, after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, a newspaper photo of an exhausted search and rescue worker resting against his golden retriever riveted Charleson. Again, her thoughts turned to a dog. She began to veer her flight skills toward ground searches, and becoming a dog handler. Her journey toward— and then with — her golden retriever, Puzzle, is Charleson’s smart, edgy and thought-provoking book that hit bookstores this week: Scent of the Missing: Love & Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog (Houghton Miffling Harcourt).
“A lot of people think, ‘Oh, a little child is lost and you get your dog and go out and find them’,” says Charleson, 50. “But the majority of our calls are for the deceased, so there’s a layer of tragedy. Seventy per cent are for recovery rather than rescue.”
Charleson trained for three years before she got her own dog. She was involved in the 2003 recovery of fallen-to-Earth debris from the space shuttle Columbia (she describes finding part of a human spine). She now has over four years’ worth of searches with Puzzle, who is today a 60-pound, almost-6-year-old veteran. “She is all female golden, all the time,” says Charleson. “She has a layer of reserve, and she’s just super drivey.”
A pilot, writer and teacher, Charleson is also leader of her home posse of four Pomeranians, two cats and, of course, her work-driven retriever, at her home outside of Dallas. She was in Toronto this week, and talked to the Star about dogs and love and partnership.
Q: Are you a born dog lover?
A: I came to dogs late. I’m from a family of cat people. My (ex) husband bought me a Shetland sheepdog puppy — Bogie; he was a romantic tough guy — when I was 28. Bogie would nudge people, guests at our parties, and we‘d look around and realize we‘d been herded into a circle. We had Bogie for 12 years and when he died I was so bereft I knew I wanted another dog and I knew I wanted a Pomeranian.
Q: A golden is a big shift from Pomeranians.
A: I knew when I made the commitment to train search-and-rescue I’d need a dog really, really suited to the work. They’re very different from Pomeranians by nature, and in their partnership.
Q: When did your aloof puppy finally become your partner?
A: I had a very bad fall, and I was really injured and she gave up all of her puppy wilfulness to stay beside me while I was unconscious. For probably three minutes, at least, she didn’t budge. When I came to and walked her home, she was super-super obedient, and I guess she recognized some sort of vulnerability in me that she’d never seen before.
There’s a comparable point in search when the dog realizes you can’t smell what they do. It’s the funniest thing! You see the dog kind of turn with incredulity and lead you right up to it. They look at you, and give you the most exasperated look, like, “Can’t you SMELL that?!”
Q: Do you train with her every day?
A: Yes, on some aspect of training of what she needs to do. For instance today, when we were at the airport, I dropped her lead and gave her a “wait.” That was a challenge, with all the people and all the smells and all the activity.
Q: What’s the minimum training time each day?
A: We do 30 to 45 minutes every day and many dogs do more than that.
Q: How much does search and rescue cost you?
A: It’s completely volunteer and I spend, probably, $1,200 to $1,500 a year. The initial investment was probably $3,000 to $4,000 the first year.
Q: How do you just pick up and go when a call comes in?
A: I definitely have somebody who will come and stay at the house. A lot of the searches are local, so I go out and search all night, then go home and grab a cup of coffee, and go to work.
Q: When you’re at home, does Puzzle have chores?
A: She is my willing companion in all things, so she will “supervise.” If I‘m working in the yard and there‘s fresh dirt going, she likes to get involved with that. But she‘s pretty interested in the goings on in the house. The Poms are, too.
Q: What are some of the bigger searches Puzzle has worked?
A: The last couple of years have involved searches in heavy rain. One involved a lost child in flash flooding. Another was an Alzheimer’s patient who walked out in the middle of a thunderstorm. And not long after, a homicide in heavy rain. And then two weeks later, a young man with Aspergers walked out in a thunderstorm in heavy rain.
Q: What does Puzzle do when she makes a “find”?
A: She rejoices in every single find. With Puzzle, she loves living human beings so much, she just wiggles. If it’s a struggle for me to get to them, she starts moaning and she’ll also raise up on her hind legs, like: “Right here! They’re right here!” It’s a very joyful moment.
For the dogs it’s like, “Yeah! We know you! We smelled your sock this morning!” It’s very much a rock-star moment. They wait all day and all night for that scent and when they find it, they’re thrilled.
Q: How do you reward Puzzle?
A: Microwaved wieners. Also a treat called Canine Carry-Out — they look like little steaks, which they’re not, and I sprinkle them with Parmesan cheese. But her big reward is to be praised, and the more you praise, the more she dances.
Q: Will Puzzle be search and rescue her whole life?
A: She’ll start to slow down. Often dogs will tell you they can’t maintain their stamina in 105F days, or they can’t make the debris jumps, and then they just do water searches standing in a boat. And then comes a point where the pager goes off and they’re just not interested. And then it’s time for the senior dog to retire. Puzzle really loves kitties, and that’s something we may end up doing — searches for lost pets.
Q: What do you think about the “purse dog phenomenon?”
A: There’s a large body of research behind dogs’ abilities to reduce stress in our lives. So, if the dog is happy, sociable and they have a connection to their human, then I’m all for it.
Q: Can our pet dogs be superstars?
A: I think every dog, if we open our eyes, has so much to teach us about the world. Even my Poms, even if I don’t see or smell anything, will in sync lift their heads and noses and scent, sound, sight — in that order — and tell me what’s going on.

**Taken from The Toronto Star

Friday, April 16, 2010

A Great Book If You Are Considering Getting A Pet

A timeline that threads its way country by country through the pages of this book supplies nuggets of information along the lines of, “c. AD 100: Italy: Roman ladies keep mongooses for pets,” or “c. AD 1725: Ireland: Jonathan Swift finishes Gulliver's Travels. In his last voyage, Gulliver visits the land of the Houyhnhnms (elegant and refined horses who live in houses), who rule the Yahoos (stinking, vulgar humans who live in holes in the ground).” 
These factoids, fictional or otherwise, about the intersection of animal and human lives provide the structure upon which sisters Ann Love and Jane Drake build another of their interesting and informative books. This one concerns itself with pets of all descriptions, but concentrates on cats and dogs - the virtues, drawbacks and characteristics of various breeds of both. It doesn't stint on the type and amount of care required to keep Darius, for instance, as happy and well as a black Labrador should be.
Written in what might be described as an infectiously friendly fashion, with an ample array of narrative - e.g. Jasper: A Feline Survival Story - and plentifully illustrated with witty watercolours by the irrepressible Bill Slavin, Talking Tails will appeal to those who are contemplating having a pet in their lives, or those who just want affirmation of the rightness of their choice of pet - and perhaps more information about the cat, dog or leopard gecko they dote on.

*Taken from The Globe And Mail

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

What Pets Write In Their Diary

Excerpt from a Dog's Diary.....
8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!

9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!

9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!

10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!

12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!

1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!

3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!

5:00 pm - Milk Bones! My favorite thing!

7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!

8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!

11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Excerpt from a Cat's Diary...


Day 983 of my captivity...

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets.

Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a 'good little hunter' I am. Bastards.

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of 'allergies.' I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously intellectually challenged.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now …

Monday, April 12, 2010

OOPS!

Adoption Event - This Weekend!

The Kennel Cafe, 295 Roncesvalles Ave., is hosting its 3rd annual cat and dog adop-a-thon, over the April 17/18 weekend.Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be kittens, cats, dogs and small domestic animals for adoption (adoption fees will apply). Cats are $99.75 and dogs are $166.25
The animals are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and licensed for this price (some exceptions may apply).
Donations will also be accepted for the shelter (pet food, bedding, toys, any pet supplies and knitting supplies etc.).
Since the adopt-a-thon's inception, more than 150 pets have found new homes.
For further details, call 416-531-3177.
Animals will come from Toronto Animal Services South Region Shelter, 140 Princes Blvd., 416-338-6668.

Cartoon - 'Tis The Season To Put The Roof Down!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Toronto Humane Society Finds Homes For Its Final 60 Pets

The Toronto Humane Society has found homes for its final 60 animals in advance of a temporary closure at the troubled shelter.
The shelter was slated to be open all weekend for the adoption blitz, which aimed to find homes for the animals before the court-approved shut-down on Monday. It will now close at 7 p.m. Saturday, reopening on June 1.
The shelter's last remaining pets were mainly cats, as well as a few rats and one dog named "Mary Sue."
The closure is meant to allow shelter staff to revamp their policies and procedures, and to conduct a thorough cleaning of the River Street facility.
The organization will elect a new board of directors and shelter managers on May 30.
The THS has been operated by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals since the OSPCA raided the shelter in November, charging several staffers with animal cruelty.
The provincial and criminal charges stem from alleged poor shelter conditions and suspect adoption and euthanasia policies. The charges have not been proven in court.
There was some concern that the temporary shutdown would lead to the euthanasia of the shelter's remaining animals. However, nearly 1,000 animals have been adopted our or put into foster care since the OSPCA took over the shelter.

**Taken from CP24

Spread The Word About The Adoption And Lost/Found Sites!

Don't forget, if you know someone who is looking to adopt a new friend, or someone who has lost their dear pet, remind them to submit the info with a picture by clicking the envelope on the left.  :)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Group 5 Of The Contest!



From Top To Bottom :

1) Fluffy
2) Sugar
3) Tate
4) Cloey
5) Bear & Quinn The Cat
6) Tookie
7) Murphy
8) Joy (L) & Billy
9) Alistair 
10) Bunny 
11) Lizzie

Cat Lovers Respond To Humane Society Adoption Blitz

Lilly Agar could not ignore the posting.
“Franca ... has become depressed at the shelter,” read the capsule description of a cat needing a home before Monday, when the Toronto Humane Society will close for renovation.
Years ago, when Agar noticed a neighbour’s dog slowly starving, she would volunteer to walk the animal and feed it on the sly. Eventually, she negotiated to buy the dog for $50 to properly care for it.
“Raise them like your children — that’s my philosophy,” Agar said Thursday of pets generally as she completed adoption papers for Franca, a fluffy white 9-year-old with a black patch over one eye.
Franca’s initial withdrawal into a corner at Agar’s approach did nothing to deter the new owner’s affections.
“They soon catch on,” she said. “They learn to trust you. They learn to love you.”
The Humane Society’s shelter at 11 River St., at the corner of Queen St. E., closes at the end of the day Sunday for seven weeks, part of a renewal process reached in a legal dispute with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Fifteen cats were adopted Thursday, said Humane Society spokesman Ian McConachie, leaving behind 35 cats, eight white rats and a dog named Mary Sue.
Adoption hours are noon to 6 p.m. Any animals not finding a home by Sunday night will be sheltered at the society’s storefront location at 2802 Victoria Park Ave., near Finch Ave. E., where a few other cats are also available for adoption.
Prospective cat adopters at River St. are directed to the second floor, where they can view cats and ask questions of staff members. All animals can also be viewed online at www.torontohumanesociety.com.
Once a choice is made, a staff person checks that the visitor knows basic animal care. Adoption forms are filled out. Although all animals are free, a $50 donation is suggested and health records are handed over.
“The whole process takes about half an hour,” McConachie said.
The white rats are in the basement. The shelter’s last available dog, Mary Sue, came close to being taken into foster care this week but plans changed for the interested person.
Instead, she left $1,000 toward medical care for the pet, who might need further surgery on a leg ligament before an adoption can be finalized.
Anna Oster picked an auburn cat that matched her hair colour.
“She can be my new twin,” Oster said, with a hearty laugh, of the 3-year-old tortoiseshell cat, Renata that she and partner Jeff Grantham toted away in a cardboard carrier.
“It’s heartbreaking that people can just abandon animals,” Oster said. “When we heard they needed to get cats into homes we just said, ‘Yes, we’re going.’”
“I’m soft in the head for fluffy things,” said Grantham.
Lydia Radewych had her eye on Nigel, a black-and-white domestic shorthair which has lived at the shelter for six years and takes medication.
“All my cats are special needs in some way or another,” said Radewych, who owns two cats from the Humane Society and has taken two others into foster care. If Nigel does not find a home by the end of the weekend, she and Mike Decarolis will take him into foster care as well.
“Special needs cats are different,” Decarolis said. “They give more compassion, I think. Cats that are very healthy and skinny are more independent. They do their own thing.”
“About a month ago,” Radewych said, “I was stressed out with school and one of my cats came and sat with me until I calmed down.”

**Taken from the Toronto Star

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Humane Society Adoption Blitz This Weekend

The Toronto Humane Society has an unconventional goal this weekend: to empty the entire shelter.

Everything - or rather, every pet - must go before the facility shuts down for six weeks.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) had been in charge of the River Street shelter since an investigation that began in November 2009.

However, their conservatorship ends on April 12. The Humane Society will then shut down for six weeks and reopen on June 1.

Animals are available for adoption at two locations: 11 River St. and 2802 Victoria Park Ave.

All pets that are not adopted out will be boarded at other locations. In some cases, physically or mentally animals will be euthanized as determined by an OSPCA/THS veterinarian.

A court decision on April 1 put the Humane Society back in control of the shelter.

Five senior managers were charged with animal cruelty and other offences following a raid last November, including former president Tim Trow.
See a list of pets here.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Top 10 Easiest To Train Dog Breeds

Australian Cattle Dog:
The Australian Cattle Dog originated in the 1830's as a cross between a Smithfield, a tough but noisy working breed, and a wild Dingo.  Many further enhancements to the breed were implemented over the years, including crossing the breed with the Collie, Dalmation, and Australian Kelpie.  The result was the breed we know today, possessing stamina, reliability and high intelligence.

Toy Poodle:
The Toy Poodle is alert, responsive, playful, sensitive, and eager to please.  They are devoted to their family, but some can be a bit reserved with strangers.  Like many in the toy group, the Toy Poodle may bark a lot.  The Standard Poodle has slighty lower energy levels than the Toy, and therefore did not make the list.

Belgian Sheepdog (Groenendael):
Also known as the Belgian Shepherd dog, and sharing many personality traits with the Malinois and Tervuren, is the Groenendael variety of the Belgian Sheepdog.  Like many in the energetic 'herding' group, this intelligent breed is generally not recommended as a "stay at home" house pet.  They definitely need extensive mental and physical activity, or they may become neurotic and/or destructive.

Doberman Pinscher:
Created late in the 19th century in Germany, the Doberman Pinscher deserves the respect it commands.  Its bravery, intelligence and character make it one of the all time best guard dogs.  Despite its potential aggressiveness, the Doberman can be easily trained by a master with a firm hand.  

Beauceron:
The Beauceron is an ancient French Breed that some call the 'king of sheepdogs'.  They have highly developed herding and hunting instincts, in fact only two dogs are necessary to control 200-300 sheep.  Its need for constant exercise, combined with its mistrust of strangers and other pets, make the Beauceron a less than ideal house pet.


Pyrenean Shepherd:
The Pyrenean Shepherd has been used for centuries as a herding dog.  They were also used during World War 2 as couriers, guards, and search and rescue dogs.  The breed is extremely energetic, and require extensive play time and exercise

Border Collie:
Known as the smartest dog breed available, the Border Collie is a bundle of physical and mental energy waiting to be released.  They can be a disastrous housedog if not physically and mentally stimulated in some way.  Give your Border a job to do every day, and he will be more than happy.

Labrador Retriever:
The Labrador Retriever is as magnificent in appearance as they are courageous and hard working.  You can easily begin training this breed from as early as six months of age. Labs also rank highly on our smartest dogs and most affectionate dog breeds lists. The Golden Retriever ranks slightly lower than the Lab for energy levels, and just missed being on our list. 

Papillon:
A popular breed for the rich in Europe for centuries, the Papillon is believed to have originated in Italy from the Dwarf Spaniel.  The erect-eared variety that we see today was developed by Belgian breeders in the 1800's.  Intelligent, vocal, clean and affectionate, the Papillon makes an ideal family pet.

Australian Shepherd:
Sharing many personality traits with the Australian Cattle Dog, the Australian Shepherd ranks slightly lower when it comes to energy levels.  But this breed is nonetheless confident, alert, bold, and independent. Be sure to give your Aussie a strenuous mental and physical workout every day.  Like most of the herding breeds, an under-stimulated dog will attempt to herd anything - children, other animals, and even cars!   

**Taken from petmedsonline.org

Group Four Photo Submissions

                                  


                                                                                                                        

From top to bottom, we have :

1) Cuddles
2) Stella
3) Dingo
4) Oz
5) Marley & Tucker
6) Jackson
7) Guinness
8) Ralphie
9) Jonah
10) Major Wigglebottoms The IV


****I know I said groups would be posted on Mondays, but the response from all of you has been great!!  I'm now posting in groups of ten or so, in order to not inundate myself with dozens of pictures on a Monday morning!  Thank you all so much for the submissions, and best of luck.

PS  One final note, while blogger has changed its uploading procedures, it has become extremely difficult to post the pet's name either directly above or below the picture (as I had done in the past).  Hence, the ordered list below all of the photos.  If anyone has been able to figure out how to do this with the new system, please let me know.  Thanks all, and keep them coming!  :)

Gord



Great Events In April At Pawsway!!!

Upcoming April Events

BIG & HAIRY OR SMALL & HAIRLESS
Saturday, April 10th, 12pm - 5pm
Big and Hairy or Small and Hairless? What's your preference? The large, hairy breeds of dogs that will steal your hearts, such as Leonbergers and Bernese Mountain Dogs. Or the small breeds whose hair is either shaven, such as the Little Lion Dog, aka the Lowchen, or actually hairless, like the Chinese Crested and the unpronounceable Xoloizcuintli (Mexican Hairless Dog). Can't choose? Meet both Big and Hairy & Small and Hairless breeds and decide for yourself.  FREE ADMISSION 
MyBestMatch SINGLES MIXER @ PAWSWAY
Sunday, April 11th, 3pm - 6pm
Come to PawsWay for our first official Singles Mixer where pet-loving singles can meet and mingle - with their four-legged companions by their sides! 
Co-hosted by dating specialists Single in the City, the MyBestMatch Singles Mixer will include ice-breaker games, doggie contests and other fun, flirty activities for both pet and pet-parent.  Admission is $25, with a portion of the event proceeds going to the Lions Foundation in support of Purina Walk for Dog Guides. To sign up in advance (and reserve your spot!), visit www.singleinthecity.ca

PAWSWAY WALKING CLUB
Every Wednesday effective April 7th, 5pm - 9pm
Just in time for spring! PawsWay is thrilled to announce the PawsWay Walking Club. Whether you have two legs or four paws, it’s a great way to get exercise and burn off calories.  The Walking Club launches April 7th and will occur every Wednesday from 5pm - 9pm.

The PawsWay Walking Club will consist of weekly visits where owners and their dogs will come into PawsWay get weighed, receive nutritional consultations, and
walk the various routes outside or inside (dependant on weather). Each week a new nutritional topic will be given out to participants so they can build on their knowledge. Walks will take place at 6pm, 7pm & 8pm.  Membership is $25 per person for a six month period which includes one on one nutritional consultations plus PawsWay walking club gear.

CORGI CONNECTION
Thursday, April 15th, 7pm - 9pm
Attention - Queen Elizabeth!  The FREE Off Leash social breed meet-up for April is focused on
the Corgi, mixes and their many admirers.  But you don’t need to be royalty to participate in this
fun night of games and great prizes.  FREE ADMISSION.

MEET THE RETRIEVERS
Saturday, April 17th, 12pm - 4pm
Lovable, eager to please, packed with personality.  Although all Retrievers are known for their warm temperaments and desire to please, did you know that there are SIX different types of Retrievers and each type of Retriever is unique.  Come and meet the less common Chesapeake Bay, Curly Coated and Flat Coated Retrievers, the popular Golden and Labrador retrievers, and our own Canadian, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.  FREE ADMISSION.
THE GERMAN SHEPHERD
Saturday, April 24th, 12pm - 4pm
Achtung, baby!  Come to PawsWay and learn about the German Shepherd - one of the most versatile, smart and reliable breed of dogs.  The Canadian German Shepherd Club will be on site demonstrating the incredible talents of the working Shepherds who assist with guarding, bomb sniffing, search and rescue and police work.  FREE ADMISSION. 
 
PawsWay, A Pet Discovery Centre
245 Queens Quay West (on the grounds of Harbourfront Centre)
Toronto, ON  M5J 2K9    416-360-PAWS (7297)
PawsWay.ca

Event For Singles & Their Poochies!

Mark your calendars for MYBESTMATCH SINGLES MIXER @ PAWSWAY !
April 11, 2010
3 PM to 6 PM
Admission: $25
Benefiting: Lions Foundation in support of Purina Walk for Dog Guides
On Sunday, April 11, PawsWay Pet Discovery Centre is hosting its first official Singles Mixer allowing pet-owning singles to meet and mingle - with their four-legged companions by their sides! Co-hosted by dating specialists Single in the City, the MyBestMatch Singles Mixer will include ice-breaker games, doggie contests and other fun, flirty activities for both pet and pet-parent. Admission is $25, with a portion of the event proceeds going to the Lions Foundation in support of Purina Walk for Dog Guides. To sign up in advance (and reserve your spot!), visit www.singleinthecity.ca
For more information, please call 416 360-PAWS.

Patience Is A Virtue

Monday, April 5, 2010

Brand New - Join The Facebook Page!!!

Make sure to follow us on facebook, where the key difference is the fact that YOU are the one who will be posting stories, photos, and anything else you see fit!!


http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Toronto-Pet-Daily/115162268499848?ref=mf

Most Animals Won't Be Euthanized, Says THS

The Canadian Press
A spokesperson at the Toronto Humane Society says the organization is not liberally euthanizing animals at its east-end facility, despite having to close its operations for a few weeks this month.
Ian McConachie said in a news release on Monday that the River Street shelter is doing what it can to have as many animals as possible adopted in the next week.
"We are also aggressively pursuing foster homes for our animals to find a place for them during the temporary closure," he said.
The animals that are not adopted will be transferred to other humane societies and rescue organizations as well as the THS's Victoria Park location which will remain opened throughout April and May.
"If an animal is not suitable for adoption due to medical or behavioural issues that are unmanageable we can not continue to house those animals at the THS indefinitely, this is not an acceptable animal care practice," McConachie said.
"This temporary closure has stirred a lot of emotions and people should be aware that we are not abandoning the animals in our care and simply putting them down," the statement continues to say. "We will, as always, do everything we can to find loving homes for as many animals as possible."
Certified veterinarians will help the shelter decide when an animal should be euthanized, he said.
Over the Easter long weekend, 31 cats, four dogs and 11 small pets were adopted at the River Street facility.

**Taken from CTV

Take Your Dog To The Game This Weekend!


http://www.torontomarlies.com/dogday.asp

You May Need To Resubmit Your Photo!!

To all of you who have submitted your photos, thank you so much...this is turning out to be quite fun!  Now there may be a problem with submissions.  If you see your photo under the submissions (which you can view by clicking the "Photo Contest" label on the left side), then don't worry at all.  On Saturday however, some messages came directly to my spam folder and were erased.  Now these messages might not have been photos at all, rather the day to day spam that we all get.  If however, you have submitted a photo and do not see it, then please resend it, as I have updated the email account so as not to erase the spam messages (there were only four I believe, and like I said, there might not have been any photos).  Thanks so much for understanding :)
Gord

Group Three Of The Photo Contest




Here are the submissions we got this past week for the contest.  Good luck guys!

From top to bottom :

1) Oliver
2) Mickey
3) Chase The Beagle
4) Rosie Redbone
5) Cooper
6) Chase The Chihuahua

This Happens So Often!

Who let the dogs out on Varsity Rd. and then left a bag of pooch poo by the curb?
Shame on you. It’s been heating up on the street for days. Come pick it up and dispose of it properly. And if you’re too lazy to do the right thing, drop it in front of your own house next time.
The Fixer has seen plenty of those little black bags littering city streets and one doesn’t have to look inside to know what they’re filled with.
Randomly tossed bags of excrement are a pet peeve (pardon the pun) of The Fixer and Vladas, who lives on Underwood Ave., at Varsity. He recently stopped to chat outside his front yard and complain about pet owners who walk their dogs in the neighbourhood and let their pets pee and poo on his boxwoods at the edge of his lawn. It’s upsetting to the senior who said he can see dogs doing their business from his front window but he doesn’t confront their owners fearing retribution.
“I like dogs, but sometimes their owners aren’t nice,” said Vladas who likes to keep things neat and tidy. He hopes dog owners will be more courteous and considerate in the future when it comes to his property. As for the bags, they should be taken home and disposed of properly rather than left on the street under someone else’s nose, Vladas advised.
We spoke with Lance Cumberbatch, a municipal licensing and standards officer with the city who confirmed that the municipal code is very clear when it comes to litter including pet excrement. Chapter 548 of the Municipal Code says its against the law and prohibited for anyone to litter or dump garbage. The only way to catch offenders is in the act. A conviction under the act carries a fine of $305 plus administrative fees. Chapter 608 of the act covers parks and requires dog owners to pick up and remove dog excrement and dispose of it in a sanitary manner in a trash can.
Of course, the best pet owners are those who voluntarily comply with the rules.

**Taken from the Toronto Star

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Friday, April 2, 2010

Letter From THS Executive Director Garth Jerome

To all staff, volunteers, members and supporters,


Our organization is entering a period of rapid change. These changes are for the better of the animals that we strive so diligently to care for. I many cases, change is difficult to accept, I extend my hand of warmth and gratitude to all of you. You are all brave and courageous and I admire you deeply. It is only through your hard efforts that The Toronto Humane Society has endured for so long and will continue to do so.

The Toronto Humane Society’s new euthanasia policy will not make it a ‘high-kill’ shelter. We will continue to treat sick and injured animals and make them available for adoption. Simply because an animal has a problem does not make them ‘unadoptable’.

That does not mean than euthanasia will not take place. The THS has never been a ‘no-kill’ shelter. We are going to focus on positive outcomes for the animals. This means that we will do everything we can to get every animal that comes into our shelter into a new loving home. In certain circumstances, those outcomes are not possible. The THS is a shelter, we are not an animal sanctuary who can house animals, who will never be available for adoption, indefinitely.

However difficult, we have been faced with some important decisions. The current animal population at the shelter consists of many animals who have been in the shelter for some length of time. They include animals whose quality of life is severely diminished due to illness, injury or present with serious behavioural issues which prevent us from placing them in homes, within the boundaries of our responsibilities. Some of these animals, especially dogs, have been a part of your lives for some time. I know that you will bear fond memories of them for years to come.

In the light of these facts, I have empowered the animal care staff to proceed with all reasonable means to deal with those animals who present with these conditions. We have a collective responsibility to ensure that the well-being and quality of life of all the animals in our care is our key priority.

The process around assessing the health and well-being of these 6 dogs has been exhaustive. We understand that for many people there is a huge emotional connection to these animals. For that reason, a number of procedures were followed to ensure that the decisions were fair and objective:

1. An in-house SAFER test was performed an all the dogs.

2. A number of rescue groups were approached to assess the dogs, with their own tests.

3. A “scorecard system”, developed by veterinarians was used to assess health, pain, suffering, temperament and many other parameters.

4. Independent consultants were asked to evaluate the dogs, based on their current condition.

5. Once all this data was collated, a panel of 8 persons, comprising veterinarians, representatives of the OSPCA and the THS, met to decide on their outcomes.

6. This meeting was scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 1, 2010. Due to a number of concerns around safety of employees, volunteers and the animals themselves, this meeting was moved to Friday, March 26, 2010, as a matter of urgency.

The Toronto Humane Society was required to consider additional factors in this decision. While tentative agreements were made to place some of these dogs in rescues, there are legal obstacles which have presented themselves. A number of the dogs had severe temperament concerns and aggression. Many had bite orders. All of these factors need to be considered when deciding on the most humane course of action, within the bounds of the law.

Once the animals were evaluated, euthanasia decisions were made on 6 of the animals assessed. These 6 dogs were not able to be adopted, fostered or transferred. The only outcome for them was to live in the shelter indefinitely. That is not an acceptable animal care practice. The THS made the extremely difficult, but appropriate decision.

I wish to assure all of you that no animal in the care of The Toronto Humane Society shall be allowed to suffer at any point in its care. There is clear and positive direction and that is the road ahead.

We understand that this is a very emotional and difficult time for you if you are staff, volunteers, supporter or an animal lover. Here, there have been tears and sorrow as well. Please know that these decisions are not taken lightly.


Sincerely,

Garth Jerome
Executive Director

Enjoy This Beautiful Weather!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

River St. Humane Closing

The Ontario Superior Court has approved a settlement to allow the Toronto Humane Society to temporarily close its River Street shelter, euthanizing many of the pets currently lodged there.
Current directors who are facing animal cruelty charges have all promised to resign and a new board will be elected later this spring, according to the settlement reached Thursday.
Under the deal, the THS has to remove more than 200 animals still housed in the shelter. The organization saysmany of the remaining animals have health and behavioral problems and are said to have little chance at adoption.
After a months-long animal cruelty scandal that began in late November, the Society is pleased at the chance for a fresh start.
Lawyer Frank Addario calls the deal a way to "engage in some spring cleaning." He says staff will be retrained and the facility will reopen on June 1.
The OSPCA took control of the THS three months ago after raiding the River Street shelter and finding several animals that had not been cared for adequately.
The closure would be the shelter's second in the past six months. It was closed to the public for more than a month after the November raid.

**Taken from CP24

Your Doggy Could Be A Model!!

welcome to a new series of weekly/bi-weekly model searches. i am often on the lookout for a certain dog to fulfill an idea for a shot. my calls might be as specific as a “short-haired small white dog with a cropped tail and big ears”, or it might be as general as “a dog who can sit”. i am an equal opportunity kinda gal and my searches will be open to many different types of dogs, from all walks of life (it’s no secret that i have a soft spot for rescues). the location of the shoot will usually take place in toronto, so if you are out of the city, you are absolutely welcome as long as you are okay with traveling.
it just might be your dog i am looking for next, so get in the know…and there are a few ways to do so:
sign up for the marcia leeder photography facebook fan page to get the immediate status updates when the call goes out.
i have also opened up the facebook fan page photos to encourage you to post your own photo of your dog(s) and nominate them yourself! choose the best photo you have taken and please add their name along with some fun facts about them in the caption section.
or you can follow marcia leeder photography on twitter
you may also sign up for the marcia leeder photography newsletter to get our email blasts.
feel free to pass this on to all your dog loving friends and family.
p.s. this is not an april fool’s gag…but i hope you get someone good today!