Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Have You Stopped Donating To The OSPCA? How Many Potential Donations Has The Organization Lost?

Let me start by saying that I really do hope that the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will one day soon serve as an example for animal welfare organizations across Canada and beyond. In fact, this sentiment was echoed by OSPCA Chair Rob Godfrey at a recent press conference, during which he announced the findings of an external review into the OSPCA's killing of countless animals last May (I say "countless" because it appears that the OSPCA itself is unable to determine a number, one which has changed countless times over the past year, and I say "killing" because as the report showed, there never was any so-called virulent ringworm outbreak at the shelter in Newmarket)).

Unfortunately, what Mr. Godfrey failed to do in the press conference was take responsibility on behalf of the board and upper management for the OSPCA woes. Instead, he placed the blame for the killing of the animals on the veterinarian at the time (who he refused to name, which has many questioning whether there even was a veterinarian present at the time of the killing, as required by law).

I can tell you that until the current COO (Jim Sykes),  chair (Rob Godfrey), CEO (Kate Macdonald), and Director Of Animal Care (Tanya Firmage) of the OSPCA are either removed, or step down because these events took place on their watch (the honorable thing to do), I will not be donating to the organization again.

So the questions I pose to you all are simple : Have you stopped donating to the OSPCA as a result of current actions by the board and management? Will you again start donating once there is a change in board and management of the OSPCA?


Comment below and tell us your first name and how much you have stopped donating, or would be willing to donate once change occurs. Above all, please be honest, in that it will demonstrate to the organization a fair account of just how many missed donations are out there. I'll start us off and pledge $100 to the OSPCA as soon as the above four mentioned positions are filled by new people. Keep your eyes on this post, as it will be updated frequently.

Current potential donations to the OSPCA : $1806.00

18 comments:

  1. I will donate $100.00 to OSPCA as soon as the killers you mention are gone - not moved. Far enough away so they can never harm an animal again or be responsible for its lack of care and lack of protection.

    $100.00 Pledge

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  2. I want to change my pledge Gord. Can you change the amouint to $102 please
    Lynnyouknowwho

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  3. I would easily give $200 a year.... but right now I think it is best to support non profit NO KILL small rescue groups. They work MUCH harder and ALL funds go towards the animals. No fancy buildings, no pay, just the satisfaction of doing what is best for our furry friends. When the OSPCA starts working for the ANIMALS ...I MIGHT throw them a little something. But boy oh boy do they have a lot to fix before THAT happens.
    Carla

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  4. I actually volunteered for the OSPCA a few years back, after their wildlife centre burned down. I didn't have a lot of cash to help them out back then (as if they needed it) but I had time. I saw the mentality first hand. Folks would call us about adoptions and we were discouraged from referring them to the Toronto Humane Society. Volunteer recognition was less than zero; no trips to CasinoRama for us. ;o)

    I stopped donating and have instead directed my monthly donations to a wildlife charity, along with a bequest. It isn't a huge amount monthly, but the bequest will pay off nicely. I also donate to a couple of favourite no-kill shelters.

    If the current board and management are mercifully gone, I will be cooling my heels until I see what the next board and management can do. Board transparency, democratic and open elections, membership voting. It hinges on that, then I need to see their commitment to no-kill.

    Toronto Humane Society could teach them a few lessons. Their toy cops partying in an expensive downtown hotel and the bogus cat-in-the-ceiling? Who's criticizing who? Drs. Martin and Weese roundly named Newmarket for its shoddy practices. But the incompetent board and management somehow remain for now.

    To pretend that they need donation dollars now to establish Gold Standard anything or Intergalactic Excellence is a delusion.

    That place needs to be gutted of its board and management. They are a disgrace. The provincial government needs to have their feet held to the fire as well.

    Jan

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  5. Well said Jan!!! Let's see what the government does now that Minister Bradley has acknowledged the need for oversight (there's a difference between acknowledging and action!!

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  6. Leanne
    $200/year
    200 hours/year of invaluable volunteer work

    Removing the current Board of Directors and the COO, CEO, and Tanya Firmage will not be enough for me to resume my monthly donations to the OSPCA. I have redirected that money to No Kill shelters and rescues. If the OSPCA wants my money they are going to have to make adopting out ALL healthy and/or treatable animals their goal, implement a TNR program across Ontario, work with rescues, improve their community outreach, market the animals for adoption ad nauseum, publish their stats (their REAL stats) and become accountable to their donours.

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  7. Sorry Leanne I should have been clearer in my post. It would be my hope that those who would fill those positions would set the direction of the OSPCA to include all of your great recommendations!

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  8. No, I wont donate to them again, I prefer to target my donations to local no kills who are dealing with turf wars with OSPCAs or taking the animals they are not. It would take more than just getting rid of those execs

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  9. Kim in NewmarketJune 7, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    Once the centre has a new board and I feel comfortable enough to trust the new "suits", I will THINK of donating again. For years I donated approx. $250/year and twice a year my daughter and I would spend another $200-$300 on food,treats, toys etc. for the animals. More important would be I'd like to get back in and love the animals until they get a forever home.
    Kim in Newmarket

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  10. Interesting to see donations, why may otherwise have gone to OSPCA, are being diverted. I guess once you lose a donor its pretty difficult to get them back.

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  11. For a few years I particapated in walks that raised money for the OSPCA and raised approx $150 per year. I also volunteered, donated sewn items and donated pet food. I stopped much of my participation a few years back when I seen the dark side of the organization.

    An older women that was a family friend would take in cats from the OSPCA that were going to be killed, she moved them to her farm. She paid for quality food and milk, vaccinated them and had them spayed and neutered. She donated thousands of dollars per year. When she fell ill and had to move to a nursing home she wanted the OSPCA to take in the few house cats that were left and find homes for them. They flat out refused to take the cats, she then paid for them to be housed at a vet clinic until homes could be found for them. Shortly after she passed away, and left much of her estate to the OSPCA. I found it very discouraging that she took in hundreds of cats for them over the years, and donated so much money but they wouldn't even help her out when she was ill.
    I am now a member of a rescue and I love that the people that are in these groups truly love the animals that they are helping and do it with out a bloated pay check.
    Shame on the OSPCA.

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  12. This isn't exactly what you asked for in the way of a comment, BUT, I feel strongly about this. I have never donated to the OSPCA & will NEVER consider it because of the way they took over & trashed the THS & especially because of the Newmarket debacle. I will continue to donate $250 to $300 a year to the THS (we were so lucky to adopt a wonderful dog from them on March 20/11). I also support in a very small way a cat rescue & the chihuahua rescue who both go to my vet. If the THS were to reopen their satellite office I would definitely consider volunteering there with the dogs. Mind you, I'm not all that enthuastic about the current board @ THS, but I still feel they are far superior to the OSPCA.

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  13. The Ospca has lost any trust that I may of had with them. The government needs to step in NOW, first to separate the charity from the policing,which is a conflict of interest, remove everyone from their positions including the board, and audit them. I'm sure that they would find that their finances are in just as much shoddy & questionable condition as their accounting of the animals they needlessly MURDERED.
    I volunteer at a Cat Rescue, I could only hope to receive the same amount of $$ that the prov/fed/public give to this questionable organization. They have forever marred the name of the OSPCA, if nothing else they should be ashamed of themselves...they're a dishonest disgrace and should be removed from any kind of capacity that care for the animals. I believe if they were properly investigated, a lot more would be revealed. I also believe that they should be CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY.

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  14. I also pledge $102.00. I had been donating $25.oo per month through their plan for over 8 years, so I guess I'd have to figure out how much it was, so $25x12/month= $300.00/yr.x8yrs = $2400.00. Never paid any attention to that before you asked! I then learned what the OSPCA really was and cancelled my monthly donations. I will only set that up again, once I'm convinced Godfrey, MacDonald, Sykes and Firmage are no longer affiliated with ANY OSPCA ANYWHERE! he OSPCA also has to become fully transparent, accountable, and functions as it's own mandate requires,and functioning as every other non-profit Charity. No more $193,000.00 per year salary plus expenses as Kate MacDonald receives now for example
    Furthermore, my 87 yr.old Father, who taught me the love of animals was a very generous donator who stopped when we learned the truth about these Animal Killers,and their culling spree for no valid reason last May. He's now cancelled his Legacy Donation, Mother is also following suit. Until we see proof of the above changes, Rescues will receive all these donations.

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  15. Lynnyouknowwho, you are absolutely right. It's extremely difficult to get donors back after you've betrayed them. They can hope that new donors will come along who aren't up on the story. There are so many other animal welfare organizations that are so much more deserving.

    Jan

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  16. I too will pledge $102, when the Board of Directors are gone and no longer affliated with ANY animal organization. Over the years, I have donating what I could, spent time delivering blankets, food etc. My daughter volunteered there as a teenager and was later hired on full time. She left an emotional mess because she could not cope with the kill rate and how they made every employee take a turn in the kill room as part of the job. My $$$ goes to a NO KILL shelter now.

    Susan

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  17. I support a local no kill rescue shelter. I don't trust these bureaucratized agencies.

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  18. I set aside $500 yearly to donate to animal assistance but I'd rather burn the money than give it to the OSPCA.

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