Zejj3CxYZpgFB4KMGgdmxTs9_RM The Toronto Pet Daily: Toronto Humane Society Responds To Recent Criticism

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Toronto Humane Society Responds To Recent Criticism

Last week I received a couple of emails, one from a volunteer, addressing concerns that the Toronto Humane Society would be closing its spay/neuter clinic for two weeks, and that the shelter is nowhere near its capacity of roughly 300 spaces to take in and adopt out needy animals. In addition word has begun to circulate there have been multiple layoffs at the organization, fundraising is down, and rescues are being turned away.

Today I received the following response from the THS :

Thank you for contacting me. We are aware of the email that is circulating and appreciate the opportunity to clarify the situation.

Toronto Humane Society's spay neuter services is not closing. In order to improve efficiency and facilitate staff training appointments for the next two weeks are being consolidated to specific days. For example,surgeries are being performed 3 days this week including Saturday. Spay neuter services continues to accept appointments for feline surgeries.

During the cold spell Toronto experienced two weeks ago, the shelter experienced a water pipe break in our heating system. Repairs are underway and are expected to be completed within a few weeks. The water damage has resulted in the closer of two rooms within the shelter, which has had a small impact on our capacity. That said, on Saturday we brought in 20 dogs from Quebec, last week 15 cats were transferred to us from Hamilton and another 10 are expected this week. These transfers are in addition to our normal intake of surrenders and local transfers.

The Toronto Humane Society continues to grow and improve. Staffing changes are a normal part of an organization of our size. Our staffing complement of 100 full time staff ensures that we are able to provide an exceptional level of care.

Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Barbara Steinhoff
Executive Director
Toronto Humane Society
11 River Street, Toronto, Ontario M5A 4C2


I always appreciate when an organization that is facing accusations or questions takes the time to state its case, and thank Ms. Steinhoff for providing a statement.

I will continue to follow the situation at the THS, and should anyone wish to add any information feel free to comment below or as always contact me [email protected]


  1. They certainly are not turning away rescues as FGDR was asked to help with another dane in need but unfortunately we are at capacity. Gotta love the rumor mills.

  2. Thanks for clarifying on the rumours