Friday, April 15, 2011

Etobicoke Humane Society Encouraging Adoption With These Great Spring Events


(Etobicoke, April 13, 2011). On April 17, 18, 25, 26 and 27, as part of their Year of the Cat feline adoption and education campaign, Etobicoke Humane Society volunteers will host the community kiosk at Cloverdale Mall. Visitors will see pictures of dogs and cats for adoption = with some emphasis on cats - and have an opportunity to support this all- volunteer, registered charity, serving Etobicoke for 24 years. Free literature will also be on hand.

The kiosk hours will be as follows:

Sunday, April 17, 5:30 pm to 7 pm, during Pet Pictures with the Easter Bunny.

April 18, 25, 26 and 27 – During mall hours.

See details at and; or call 416-249-

PR and Fundraising Coordinator volunteer, Maria Barnes, says: “As we celebrate Year of the Cat, and as we move into our busiest time of year for felines, these spring kiosks will include a special focus on cats for adoption and free, educational information on a variety of important topics. Dog adoption and educational information will also be available. But because we have so many cats in need of homes, and because the homeless cat population is exploding, we feel it’s our obligation to place special emphasis on feline issues this year.”


On Sunday evening, April 17, from 5:30 to 7 pm, volunteers will be at the kiosk during Cloverdale Mall’s “Pet Pictures with the Easter Bunny.” For details, visit and The kiosks, will feature adoption and free educational information on felines and dogs – with some special emphasis on cats…and free literature.

On April 18 and 25, 26 and 27, during full Mall hours, volunteers will once again host the kioskhost the kios

As National Volunteer Week fast approaches, April 10 thru 16, William Blain, President of the Etobicoke Humane Society - an all- volunteer, registered charity - is taking this opportunity to publicly acknowledge and say “Thank You” to the vital and dedicated efforts of the volunteers that enable the Society to exist and to continue to meet its animal welfare mandate. Says Blain, “For over 24 years - since 1987 - the Etobicoke Humane Society has been serving the needs of the Etobicoke community’s animals and animal guardians, doing so as an all-volunteer charity. As such, we owe our very existence - and the welfare of the animals in our care - to all of our volunteers, past and present. The officers who serve on our volunteer Board of Directors wish to extend our sincere appreciation and admiration to all of the volunteers who have made, and continue to make the Etobicoke Humane Society an outstanding example of the vital importance and strength of volunteerism.”

Blain continued: “Volunteers are the essence of our entire organization: Board members, shelter operations, cruelty investigations, office and various related administrative functions, finance, education, fundraising and public relations programs. Our office and shelter are open to the public 5 days per week. However, the behind-the-scenes work of maintaining this organization often continues 7 days per week. In addition, many of our program coordinator volunteers sand support volunteers work full-time hours, yet manage to keep their commitments to our animals, our programs and the community.”

Maria Barnes, volunteer PR, Education and Fundraising Coordinator stated, “It’s difficult to find sufficient words to say “Thank You” to those who provide professional-level volunteer services for the PR, Education and Fundraising activities of EHS. Because these take place away from our shelter, our related program volunteers do not get the extra morale boost of regular contact with the animals. Instead, they rely on professional and personal motivation to use their skills, experience to support, and promote the animal- welfare objectives of the organization, and the work of the volunteers who care for the animals. I offer my deepest thanks to these and all our volunteers.”

Jerry Higgins, volunteer Cruelty Investigations Coordinator added: "I want to say Thank You to our dedicated volunteer cruelty agents that tirelessly serve the Etobicoke Humane Society and the Etobicoke community. In an effort to enforce the existing animal protection laws, and to save animals' lives, our team responds to reports from the public about suspected animal abuse, neglect and life-threatening situations throughout Etobicoke. We often see animals living in deplorable conditions, and in various states of injury or illness, that no animal should have to endure. Increasingly, we deal with large hoarding cases where we enter residences full of filth and debris, where there are so many animals we often have to come back a second or third time to find them all. It's a very tough job and we're very fortunate to have volunteers that are up to the task."

Pia Lauretti, volunteer Shelter Coordinator said: “The heart and soul of the EHS is its dedicated and loyal volunteers that come daily. They provide time, energy and love for the animals that is priceless. I have never seen a more loving and selfless group of people. No matter if a box of kittens is dropped at the door, or if we receive a call from our Cruelty agent informing us of a hoarding case, this group of volunteers roll up their sleeves and get to work making sure our new bundles of fur are safe and taken care of. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for our volunteers.”
Margaret Roze, volunteer Office Manager offered: "Volunteers working in the Etobicoke Humane Office are often the first people that residents speak to when they contact the Etobicoke Humane Society. Office workers provide compassionate and helpful advice to callers, because we care greatly about the well - being of all animals. Thank- you to all office volunteers past and present.”
To volunteer adopt or donate, please visit or call 416-249-6100, or go to The Etobicoke Humane Society is located on the 2nd floor of Royal York Plaza (above the Bank of Montreal), 1500 Royal York Road, Suite E, Etobicoke, Ontario M9P 3B6.

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