Press Releases

2014

 


Dog Training Saves Lives
Toronto, ONT - March 10, 2014

According to the SPCA a dog without basic obedience training is six times more likely to end up in a shelter than one with training.  This means that one of the best ways to help keep dogs at home with their families and out of shelters is to provide them with some form of obedience training.

The Toronto Humane Society is proud to offer dog owners some help.  From puppy training to one-on-one lessons the Toronto Humane Society is offering a variety of canine training classes to help pet owners train their dogs and to help reduce the number of dogs surrendered to shelters each year for behavioural issues. 

Highly trained and experienced members of the Canine Behaviour department help owners deal with issues ranging from basic obedience like jumping, chewing, and barking, to more advanced problem solving issues like food and toy possessiveness and separation anxiety. 
In addition to the very affordable prices, the Society also offers a discount for dogs that have been adopted from the 11 River St. shelter as well as for staff and volunteers.

"Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks," says Toronto Humane Society Canine Behaviour Specialist, Shaswar Ahmadarahman.  "All dogs can benefit from training classes whether they are young or old, from a breeder or rescued from a shelter."

Not only does training strengthen the bond between pet parents and their four-legged family members, it helps everyone be happier.  Dogs feel at ease knowing what is expected of them and pet owners feel confident knowing that they can safely take their dogs in public or give them a little extra freedom at home.  Even if a dog already has basic training he or she can still benefit from an advanced class or agility work which provides them with both mental and physical stimulation.

With most behavioural issues prevention is the key.  It is much easier to stop bad habits before they start so owners should not wait until they are having problems to ask for help.  Canine training is one of the most important investments a pet owner can make, so the Toronto Humane Society encourages dog owners to visit www.torontohumanesociety.com  to learn more about all the available programs and services.

About The Toronto Humane Society:
Since 1887, the Toronto Humane Society has saved thousands of animals each year.  Our mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.



For additional Information please contact:

Barbara Steinhoff
Executive Director
416 392 2273 Ext. 2149
Mobile - 647 938 9053
bsteinhoff@torontohumanesociety.com

 


The Toronto Humane Society Celebrates World Spay Neuter Day
Toronto, ONT - February 25, 2014

This year marks the 20th anniversary of World Spay Day, an annual campaign that highlights the importance of spaying and neutering your pet and the Toronto Humane Society has reason to celebrate.

Since the Society announced the construction of a high volume spay and neuter clinic less than two years ago, they  have successfully provided spay and neuter services for thousands of cats, dogs, puppies and kittens.  Not only has the clinic helped pet owners from across the GTA and beyond, it has provided free trap neuter and release services for over 1000 feral cats in the city.

Pet overpopulation is a big problem in the city of Toronto.  Estimates place the population of homeless cats in the city to number between 100,000 and 300,000.  Toronto shelters continue to take in thousands of homeless and abandoned cats each year.

"The average cat can produce up to 18 kittens per year." says Barbara Steinhoff, Executive Director at the Toronto Humane Society.  "The best way we can help the hundreds of abandoned kittens that turn up in our shelters every spring and summer is to prevent them by ensuring people spay and neuter their pets."

While many owners may be aware of the health benefits of sterilization including a reduced risk of developing numerous health problems (including reproductive cancers and infections) and behaviour problems such as territorial marking, destructiveness and aggression, the high cost of surgery places it out of reach for many.

With the help of a generous grant from PetSmart Charities, the Toronto Humane Society was able to offer $20 neuters for both dogs and cats for the entire month of January and is currently offering feline spays for $20 as part of their "Beat the Heat" campaign.  A total of 453 clients accessed our Spay/Neuter Services in January and at this point in mid-February we have assisted an additional 220 clients looking to have their pet spayed or neutered in order to combat pet overpopulation.  Even while accommodating as many as 40 clients per day the clinic is already booked into April.

"It’s so wonderful that we can now reach out to so many animals in the community that need our help in addition to all the great work we do for the animals in the shelter" said Barbara.  It is the mandate of the Society that all cats and dogs adopted from the shelter are fully vaccinated and spayed or neutered before the adoption process.

About The Toronto Humane Society:
Since 1887, the Toronto Humane Society has saved thousands of animals each year.  Our mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.

For additional Information please contact:

Barbara Steinhoff
Executive Director
416 392 2273 Ext. 2149
Mobile - 647 938 9053
bsteinhoff@torontohumanesociety.com



2013


1st Annual Walk and Wag for Warmth
Toronto, ONT - December 12, 2013

Buytopia.ca Teams with the Toronto Humane Society and Purina PawsWay, Toronto;
Announces 1st Annual Walk and Wag for Warmth December 14th

Canada's top daily deal company gives back with the help of Purina PawsWay with a family fundraising event in support of the Toronto Humane Society and canine winter awareness.

TORONTO - Buytopia.ca, the Toronto Humane Society and Purina PawsWay, Toronto today officially announce the launch of the 1st Annual Walk and Wag for Warmth hosted at Purina PawsWay located at 245 Queens Quay West, Toronto. Saturday, December 14th from 11am to 3pm. The event kicks off at PawsWay's Harbourfront location with a day of family fun and activities followed by a Christmas themed dog walk to Nathan Philips Square and back for more family and canine fun.

"As a company of avid animal lovers, Buytopia is thrilled to partner with the Toronto Humane Society and Purina, PawsWay for such a great cause. It's a fantastic way to spend a day with your family and pets during the holiday season. We have some really great raffles and giveaways for both the four legged and two legged," says Andy O'Brien, Vice President of Sales and Strategic Partnerships for Buytopia.ca.

Tickets for the event can be purchased on the Buytopia.ca website for $19 for a family of up to 4, which includes:

• Santa themed walk
• Sobey's deli lunch with refreshments
• Face painting and magic by Pockets the Clown
• Take home professional photo with Santa
• Arts and crafts- Make and take home
• Purina Pro Plan swag bag with Buytopia.ca gift certificate
• Onsite Doggy mini makeover
• Williams Fresh Cafe- unlimited coffee
• Donation to Toronto Humane Society

Any donations for the Toronto Humane Society such as blankets, towels, toys, or gently used pet clothes will be accepted at Purina PawsWay throughout the entire month of December. "We are so happy to be a part of this event," says Barbara Steinhoff, Executive Director of the Toronto Humane Society.

"We hope families and their pets can come out and join us as we spread holiday cheer and awareness for our four legged companions." Mary Siemiesz, Executive Director for Purina PetCare says "PawsWay exists to celebrate the life of pets and promote responsible pet care, we believe life is richer with pets and are very proud to support the incredible work of the Toronto Humane Society".

Raffle and prizes to be won include: Christmas trees, spa packages, house cleaning, Toronto Rock tickets, restaurant vouchers and much more.

For media inquiries, additional information or donations, please contact:
Melissa Grosser at Melissa@buytopia.ca or 416-294-5499


Pet Safety Week 2013 - A Tip a Day to Keep Your Pets Safe
Toronto, ONT - October 25, 2013

As part of Pet Safety Week - October 20 - 26, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited ("Toronto Hydro") and the Toronto Humane Society are sharing daily tips to help pet owners keep their family pets safe.

TODAY'S TIP: Keep pets and plants away from each other

Plants are generally not toxic to people; but chrysanthemums, hibiscus, those in the Easter lily family, and mistletoe, may cause medical problems in pets, such as renal failure, irregular heartbeats, cardiac shock and even death. Don't forget about hanging plants that can be jumped onto from nearby surfaces.

There are many hazards that pet owners may not be aware of. From poisonous plants to dangling electric cords, bored cats and dogs are more likely to find ways to get into trouble.  There are few resources available for new and seasoned pet owners on overall safety. Pet Safety Week arms pet owners with
simple strategies on how to stay safe year-round.

For more facts and tips throughout the week watch out for our daily advisories. Visit us online at Twitter (@torontohydro or @THS_tweet), Facebook or torontohydro.com/safety.

Our World. Our City. Our Responsibility. See what we are doing to be safe, reliable and sustainable at torontohydro.com/responsibility

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Facebook - facebook.com/torontohydro
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For more information:


Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro Tbruckmueller@torontohydro.com
T: 416-542-2621
C: 416-903-0440

Barbara Steinhoff, Toronto Humane Society
Director, Communications
bsteinhoff@torontohumanesociety.com   
T: 416-392 2273 Ext. 2149
C:647-938-9053



Pet Safety Week 2013 - A Tip a Day to Keep Your Pets Safe
Toronto, ONT - October 24, 2013

As part of Pet Safety Week - October 20 - 26, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited ("Toronto Hydro") and the Toronto Humane Society are sharing daily tips to help pet owners keep their family pets safe.

TODAY'S TIP:

While it's warm and cosy, do not allow your pet to nap behind electrical appliances, such as computer equipment, stoves, fridges, washers and dryers. If the wiring is frayed or the connections are poor, your pet can be seriously injured.

There are many hazards that pet owners may not be aware of. From poisonous plants to dangling electric cords, bored cats and dogs are more likely to find ways to get into trouble.  There are few resources available for new and seasoned pet owners on overall safety. Pet Safety Week arms pet owners with
simple strategies on how to stay safe year-round.

For more facts and tips throughout the week watch out for our daily advisories. Visit us online at Twitter (@torontohydro or @THS_tweet), Facebook or torontohydro.com/safety.

Our World. Our City. Our Responsibility. See what we are doing to be safe, reliable and sustainable at torontohydro.com/responsibility

Twitter - twitter.com/torontohydro
Facebook - facebook.com/torontohydro
YouTube - youtube.com/torontohydro


For more information:


Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro Tbruckmueller@torontohydro.com
T: 416-542-2621
C: 416-903-0440

Barbara Steinhoff, Toronto Humane Society
Director, Communications
bsteinhoff@torontohumanesociety.com   
T: 416-392 2273 Ext. 2149
C:647-938-9053



Pet Safety Week 2013 - A Tip a Day to Keep Your Pets Safe
Toronto, ONT - October 23, 2013

As part of Pet Safety Week - October 20 - 26, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited ("Toronto Hydro") and the Toronto Humane Society are sharing daily tips to help pet owners keep their family pets safe.

TODAY'S TIP: How to make a balcony suitable for pets

No pet should ever be left on a balcony all day, but there are ways to make a balcony suitable and safe for your pet. Place protective fencing against the balcony's rails to keep the pet securely inside. Depending on the size of your pet, you may need to add height to the railing to keep the animal from jumping over.  Pay attention to your pets when windows are open or when pets are on the balcony, and never leave them unattended.

There are many hazards that pet owners may not be aware of. From poisonous plants to dangling electric
cords, bored cats and dogs are more likely to find ways to get into trouble.  There are few resources
available for new and seasoned pet owners on overall safety. Pet Safety Week arms pet owners with
simple strategies on how to stay safe year-round.

For more facts and tips throughout the week watch out for our daily advisories. Visit us online at Twitter
(@torontohydro or @THS_tweet),Facebook or torontohydro.com/safety.

Our World. Our City. Our Responsibility. See what we are doing to be safe, reliable and sustainable at torontohydro.com/responsibility

Twitter - twitter.com/torontohydro
Facebook - facebook.com/torontohydro
YouTube - youtube.com/torontohydro


For more information:


Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro Tbruckmueller@torontohydro.com
T: 416-542-2621
C: 416-903-0440

Barbara Steinhoff, Toronto Humane Society
Director, Communications
bsteinhoff@torontohumanesociety.com   
T: 416-392 2273 Ext. 2149
C:647-938-9053



Pet Safety Week 2013 - A Tip a Day to Keep Your Pets Safe
Toronto, ONT - October 22, 2013

As part of Pet Safety Week - October 20 - 26, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited ("Toronto Hydro") and the Toronto Humane Society are sharing daily tips to help pet owners keep their family pets safe.

TODAY's TIP: Secure all loose electrical cords - Be particularly vigilant during holidays (Halloween and Christmas)

The novel presence of decorative lights and electrical wiring can be tempting.
Dangling cords may tempt young animals to pounce on them or chew them, putting them at risk
of electrocution or potentially causing a fire. Tape any slack to the wall or tuck them out of sight,
behind appliances. According to the American Kennel Club, an estimated 500,000 pets are
affected by home fires every year. Nearly 1,000 of these home fires are accidently started by the
homeowners' pets.

There are many hazards that pet owners may not be aware of. From poisonous plants to dangling electric
cords, bored cats and dogs are more likely to find ways to get into trouble.  There are few resources
available for new and seasoned pet owners on overall safety. Pet Safety Week arms pet owners with
simple strategies on how to stay safe year-round.

For more facts and tips throughout the week watch out for our daily advisories. Visit us online at Twitter
(@torontohydro or @THS_tweet),Facebook or torontohydro.com/safety.

Our World. Our City. Our Responsibility. See what we are doing to be safe, reliable and sustainable at torontohydro.com/responsibility

Twitter - twitter.com/torontohydro
Facebook - facebook.com/torontohydro
YouTube - youtube.com/torontohydro


For more information:


Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro Tbruckmueller@torontohydro.com
T: 416-542-2621
C: 416-903-0440

Barbara Steinhoff, Toronto Humane Society
Director, Communications
bsteinhoff@torontohumanesociety.com   
T: 416-392 2273 Ext. 2149
C:647-938-9053



Pet Safety Week 2013 - HAPPY HOWLOWEEN!
Toronto Hydro and Toronto Humane Society's top picks for pet Halloween Costumes

Toronto, ONT - October 21, 2013

The second annual Pet Safety Week has begun!  This year, Pet Safety Week is October 20 - 26.  And to get the conversation started, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited ("Toronto Hydro") and the Toronto Humane Society have their top picks for ‘Howloween' costumes and safety tips for furry friends.

Halloween is a fun time for the entire family; make sure your pets are safe too.

Indoors:

  • Trick or treaters will be knocking at the door all night.  These scary visitors will be in costume making it a strange and unknown environment for your dog or cat.  If you think your pet will become anxious and unwelcoming, consider moving them to another area of the house.  This is safer for the pet and the little visitors at the door.
  • Remember to keep those treats out of sight and reach.  Most people know that chocolate can be very dangerous for dogs, but few people are aware that many of the treats may contain the artificial sweeter xylitol, which is highly toxic.  As well, those wrappers may cause an upset stomach or even pose a choking hazard.
  • All those spooky decorations (both inside and outside) should be checked for safety.  Candles should never be left unattended.  Cats are especially curious and dogs love to chew things.  Make sure all decorations are secure and power cords and plugs are out of sight -- tape any slack to the wall or tuck them behind appliances.  Any chewed cords could lead to an electrical shock.

Outdoors:

  • Dogs and cats should always be supervised outdoors, but even more so around Halloween.  Trick or Treaters are infamous for eating their spoils along the way, leaving wrappers and other discarded treats on lawns and on sidewalks.  Felix or Fido, if left to wander, will eat their way around the neighbourhood.
  • Always use a leash.  Make sure to use a dry, non-conductive leash and guide dogs around electrical equipment when out and about.
  • Know your pet before choosing a ‘Howloween' costume.  Some love costumes, while others may feel uncomfortable.  Never leave your pet unattended in their costume and pick your costume with the following things in mind:
    • Brighter or lighter colours increase visibility.
    • The costume should be comfortable.
    • Avoid costumes that hinder or obstruct visibility.
    • If your dog or cat is a chewer, limit the details (like strings or buttons) on the costume.
    • Always make sure the collar and your pet's identification remain on, and work with the costume.

There are many hazards that pet owners may not be aware of. From poisonous plants to dangling electric cords, bored cats and dogs are more likely to find ways to get into trouble.  There are few resources available for new and seasoned pet owners on overall safety. Pet Safety Week is a reminder for pet owners to stay safe year-round.

For more facts and tips throughout the week watch for our daily advisories. Visit us online at Twitter
(@torontohydro or @THS_tweet), Facebook or torontohydro.com

 

About Toronto Hydro 
The principal business of the Corporation and its subsidiaries is the distribution of electricity by Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited. Toronto Hydro-Electric System owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 723,000 customers located in the City of Toronto.  It is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 19% of the electricity consumed in the Province of Ontario.

Our World. Our City. Our Responsibility. See what we are doing to be safe, reliable and sustainable at torontohydro.com/responsibility
Twitter - twitter.com/torontohydro
Facebook - facebook.com/torontohydro
YouTube - youtube.com/torontohydro

About The Toronto Humane Society:
The mission of the Toronto Humane Society is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering. The Toronto Humane Society provides high quality care to the animals who are surrendered to the shelter and finds them forever homes as quickly as possible. The Toronto Humane Society receives no government funding.


For more information:


Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro Tbruckmueller@torontohydro.com
T: 416-542-2621
C: 416-903-0440

Barbara Steinhoff, Toronto Humane Society
Director, Communications
bsteinhoff@torontohumanesociety.com   
T: 416-392 2273 Ext. 2149
C:647-938-9053



When it comes to cats - one plus one equals 400,000!
Toronto, ONT - February 26, 2013

According to Linda Kelson of the Feral Cat Coalition in San Diego, in only 7 years a breeding pair of cats and their offspring can exponentially produce an incredible 400,000 kittens.

With numbers like that it's no wonder pet overpopulation is at a crisis level in our city. Estimates place the population of homeless cats in the city of Toronto currently between 100,000 and 300,000.  Toronto shelters continue to take in thousands of homeless and abandoned cats each year.

"We see moms with their litters, and newborn kittens. They're so tiny and all alone, it's heart breaking." Says Barbara Steinhoff, Executive Director of the Toronto Humane Society.

The Toronto Humane Society hopes to stop the cycle with affordable public spay/neuter services and an aggressive trap neuter return program. By offering an affordable option the Toronto Humane Society hopes to remove the barrier to feline sterilization surgery.  "Public spay/neuter services have been proven successful in reducing intake at local shelters by up to 70% while not negatively impacting the private veterinary community." says Steinhoff.

There are significant benefits beyond population control to spay and neutering your pet. The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association notes that spay and neutering can eliminate or significantly reduce the risk of an animal developing numerous health problems, some of which may shorten their lives, include reproductive cancers and infections, as well as behaviour problems such as territorial marking, destructiveness and aggression.

The Toronto Humane Society is committed to reducing the numbers of unwanted and abandoned animals and encourages everyone to celebrate February 26th - World Spay Day - by sharing the message to spay/neuter your pet.

About The Toronto Humane Society:

Since 1887, the Toronto Humane Society has saved thousands of animals each year.  Our mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.

For additional Information please contact:

Barbara Steinhoff
Executive Director
416 392 2273 Ext. 2149
Mobile - 647 938 9053
bsteinhoff@torontohumanesociety.com



2012

The Toronto Humane Society celebrates Meowvember
Toronto, ONT - November 12, 2012

They're known to be independent and mysterious. They're hunters and survivors. They've been abandoned, lost, or born homeless. And each and every day they roam the streets and fill shelters cages. Estimates put their numbers between 100,000 to 500,000 in the City of Toronto alone.

In an effort to generate awareness and promote cat adoption, Catech Systems, one of Canada's largest independent Network Infrastructure providers has joined forces with the Toronto Humane Society to promote Meowvember.

Kitten, adult, tabby, longhair, shorthair, tortoise shell and Maine cone; Catech will pay ½ of every cat adoption fee during the month of November. What is the fee? Well, that depends on what you spin! Every adopter will spin a wheel to determine his or her fee. And if they're lucky their fee will be free.

And speaking of free, Fresh Step has donated 200 boxes kitty litter for the adoption event! So not only does each kitty go home with up to date vaccinations, trial health insurance, and a bag of food, they're sterilized, microchipped, and during Meowvember they'll get a wand toy, kitty tent, Litter Locker, raffle ticket and a 20lb box a free kitty litter! That's everything you need to get you and furry feline friend started off on the right paw.

 

About The Toronto Humane Society:

The Toronto Humane Society's mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.

To commemorate their 125th anniversary, the shelter is welcoming all Torontonians to come in for a visit at the River Street shelter or visit their web site at: 
www.torontohumanesociety.com.

For additional Information please contact:

Barbara Steinhoff
Director, Communications
416 392 2273 Ext. 2149
Mobile - 647 938 9053
bsteinhoff@torontohumanesociety.com


1,000 cats sterilized at Toronto Humane Society
Toronto, ONT - April 16, 2012

1,000 homeless cats have now been spayed or neutered by the Toronto Humane Society and the Toronto Feral Cat TNR Coalition. For free.

It's a team effort. THS donates the space, equipment and medical supplies. Dozens of dedicated volunteers - including veterinarians, veterinary technicians and feral cat colony caretakers - donate their time and skills. Week after week dozens of feral cats are spayed or neutered, to prevent another generation of homeless cats living on Toronto's streets.

"A community approach to care is the best way to help the animals," says Dr. Jacques Messier, CEO of the Toronto Humane Society. "By working with our partners and volunteers we can do so much more than working alone."

Feral cats are the offspring of stray or abandoned cats who are not socialized to humans. Most cats living on their own are feral and live in groups called colonies.

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the most efficient and humane way of stabilizing feral cat populations. TNR involves Trapping all of the cats in a colony, having them Neutered and vaccinated and then Returning them to their territory. The returned cats are ear-tipped to identify them as sterilized, provided with regular food and shelter, and monitored by a caretaker. Whenever possible, kittens and socialized adults are rescued from the streets and re-homed.

Quick facts:
- Toronto has an estimated 100,000 to 300,000 feral and homeless cats
- 3 out of every 4 kittens born on the street die before the age of six months
- Roughly 80% of kittens brought to shelters are born to feral or stray cats

Learn more about how to help feral cats at the Toronto Humane Society Open House:
Sunday, April 29
10:00am - 6:00pm
11 River Street

About The Toronto Humane Society:

The mission of the Toronto Humane Society is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering. The Toronto Humane Society provides high quality care to the animals who are surrendered to the shelter and finds them forever homes as quickly as possible. The Toronto Humane Society receives no government funding.

For additional Information please contact:

Barbara Steinhoff
Manager, Communications
416 392 2273 Ext. 2149
Mobile - 647 938 9053
bsteinhoff@torontohumanesociety.com


The Toronto Humane Society celebrates National Spay Neuter Day
Toronto, ONT - February 28, 2012

Pet overpopulation is at a crisis level in our city. Estimates place the number of homeless cats in the city of Toronto currently between 100,000 and 300,000. Toronto shelters remain full to capacity with homeless and abandoned animals.

Today, on National Spay Neuter Day, the Toronto Humane Society announced the start of construction of a spay/neuter clinic. The clinic will provide spay/neuter services to local rescue organizations and will be open to the public on an appointment basis.

"The clinic will be equipped to provide sterilization surgeries to both cats and dogs but in response to the current crisis, will initially focus on cats" says Toronto Humane Society CEO Dr. Jacques Messier. In it's first twelve months the clinic is estimated to spay/neuter 7,000 cats which otherwise never have gone to a vet to be spayed or neutered. The clinic will be housed within the existing shelter on River Street and is anticipated to begin taking appointments from the public in July of 2012.

"The Toronto Humane Society has chosen a model that will ensure the Spay/Neuter Clinic is self-financing beyond the necessary capital improvements required in year one" says Senior Director, Fund Development and Communications. The necessary capital improvements will cost $350,000 and will be funded from corporate and foundation donations.

In response to the need, the Buchan Family Foundation today announced that it will match all corporate and foundation donations made to the clinic to a maximum of $50,000. According to Fraser Buchan "we must address the issue of pet overpopulation and studies has found that this type of clinic has been successful in reducing intake at local shelters by up to 70% while not negatively impacting the private veterinary community. "

For the past 125 years, the Toronto Humane Society has been saving thousands of animals each year - well over 500,000 since they opened their doors in 1887. The spay/neuter initiative is just one of many exciting projects on the calendar for this anniversary year.

About The Toronto Humane Society:

The Toronto Humane Society's mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.

To commemorate their 125th anniversary, the shelter is welcoming all Torontonians to come in for a visit at the River Street shelter or visit their web site at:
www.torontohumanesociety.com.

For additional Information please contact:

Barbara Steinhoff
Manager, Communications
416 392 2273 Ext. 2149
Mobile - 647 938 9053
bsteinhoff@torontohumanesociety.com


2011

Toronto Humane Society celebrates Halloween with stilt walker, live music & BBQ
Toronto, ONT - October 11, 2011

This Halloween weekend be greeted by a stilt walker, listen to live music and enjoy great refreshments at the Toronto Humane Society's (THS) Spooky Open Doors event (Oct. 29 & 30).

As part of the Halloween-themed fundraiser, the shelter will be decorated in spine-tingling style and extend its weekend operating hours from 10 am to 9 pm. During this time, guests will be able to meet a stilt walker (courtesy of Zero Gravity Circus), watch live music (12-6 pm), tour the facility and of course adopt a forever animal companion!

Boo-riffic grub will include a BBQ with hamburgers (including veggie), hotdogs and sausage for $2 each with proceeds benefiting the THS. Complimentary will be coffee, tea, hot chocolate and desserts (courtesy of Starbucks).

Staff will be in costume with guests welcome to dress up as well.

About THS:

The mission of the Toronto Humane Society (THS) is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering. The Society's vision is to be one of Canada's leading animal advocacy, animal care and adoption agencies. The THS provides high quality care to the animals who are surrendered to the shelter and finds them forever homes as quickly as possible. The THS receives no government funding and is operated entirely through private donors and sponsors.

Contact:

Ann-Marie Colacino
Communications Manager
Toronto Humane Society
Phone: 416.392.2273 ext. 2149
acolacino@torontohumanesociety.com


THS celebrates International Feral Cat Day
Toronto, ONT - October 3, 2011

Join the Toronto Humane Society (THS) on Oct. 16th at its 11 River St. shelter from noon to 5 pm to celebrate Feral Cat Awareness Day.

You can participate in building over-wintering shelters for homeless cats, learn how to socialize feral kittens, discover trapping techniques and even adopt a formerly feral kitten that is need of a loving home. Plus, don't miss this one-time opportunity to observe a spay/neuter surgery in the Feral Spay/Neuter Clinic. The THS will be attempting to break its surgery record by spay/neutering 50 cats on Feral Cat Awareness Day! THS has held 17 Trap Neuter Return (TNR) clinics since last fall, sterilizing more than 450 felines.

This joint effort to help reduce the number of homeless cats on city streets will also feature discussions, videos, demonstrations and general information on the TNR process. TNR, which involves the capture, sterilization and release of feral cats, is the only proven successful and humane response to the burgeoning cat population in our city. Light refreshments will be served.

This event will be jointly hosted by members of the Toronto Feral Cat Coalition (Annex Cat Rescue, Action Volunteers for Animals, Animal Alliance, Toronto Animal Services, Toronto Cat Rescue, Toronto Feral Cat Project, Urban cat relief, OSPCA).

About THS:

The mission of the Toronto Humane Society (THS) is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering. The Society's vision is to be one of Canada's leading animal advocacy, animal care and adoption agencies. The THS provides high quality care to the animals who are surrendered to the shelter and finds them forever homes as quickly as possible. The THS receives no government funding and is operated entirely through private donors and sponsors.

For more information, please contact:

Contact:
Ann-Marie Colacino
Communications Manager
Toronto Humane Society
Phone: 416.392.2273 ext. 2149
acolacino@torontohumanesociety.com


Toronto Humane Society celebrates Paws In The Park Oct. 2
Toronto, ONT. - Sept 16, 2011

On Sunday, October 2nd, dedicate your morning walk to support the thousands of sick, injured and abandoned animals cared for by The Toronto Humane Society.

Paws In The Park™ can be celebrated wherever you (and your canine companion walk) - whether it's your local park, around the block, a special trail - it's up to you! Simply walk Sunday, October 2nd between 7:30 am and 10:30 am and know you, along with others in your community are helping animals in need.

All you have to do is register at www.pawsinthepark.com and start raising funds using an easy-to-use online fundraising system. No forms to print, or doors to knock on. Simply create your own fundraising page and email your family and friends to support this great cause. Why not recruit your local dog-park-friends or dog-walking association to participate and add a team from your community.

Register and raise $200+ by September 19th and we will send you a special Paws In The Park™ T-shirt and bandanna for you (and your pet) to wear - showing everyone you care about the animals.

Event Details
WHEN?
Sunday, October 2, 2011 between 7:30am & 10:30am - rain or shine! 
WHERE? Walk (your dog) in your neighborhood or local park - the choice is yours!
HOW? Visit www.pawsinthepark.com and begin fundraising online to your friends and family - it's really that easy! 
WHO? You don't have to have a pet to participate and raise funds. Join in the fun and simply go for a walk for the love of animals.

About THS:

The mission of the Toronto Humane Society (THS) is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering. The Society's vision is to be one of Canada's leading animal advocacy, animal care and adoption agencies. The THS provides high quality care to the animals who are surrendered to the shelter and finds them forever homes as quickly as possible. The THS receives no government funding and is operated entirely through private donors and sponsors.

For more information, please contact:

Contact:
Ann-Marie Colacino
Communications Manager
Toronto Humane Society
Phone: 416.392.2273 ext. 2149
acolacino@torontohumanesociety.com


THS supports pet licensing
Toronto, ONT. - August 18, 2011

Toronto, Ontario, Aug. 18, 2011 - In light of recent news that the city may eliminate its pet licensing program, the Toronto Humane Society (THS) is urging the public to consider how the loss of this service could negatively impact animal welfare.

Currently, the cost of licensing your animal companion is $60 for a dog and $50 (unsterilized) or $25 for a dog and $15 for a cat (sterilized) annually.

Pet licensing contributes to animal welfare in a number of ways:

  1. Increases pet responsibility, public education and awareness.
  2. Can reunite lost pet(s) with their owners. Unlike micro chipping, which is only done once and not always updated (owners can forget), licensing is required annually increasing the likelihood that the animal's contact information is up-to-date. Remember, accidents happen and even indoor cats are known to unexpectedly slip out the door and run away.
  3. Reunites more lost pets with owners in turn results in less homeless animals on the street and in shelters.
  4. Reduces pet overpopulation. A lower licensing fee for animals who are spayed/neutered acts as an incentive for owners to sterilize their pets.

About THS:
THS is an independently operated humane society that services the needs of Toronto. Injured and/or ill animals receive veterinary care and abandoned animals are given safe shelter. Immature and/or injured animals are placed in foster care until they are old enough and strong enough to be placed for adoption. The THS receives no government funding and is operated entirely through private donors and sponsors.

Contact:
Ann-Marie Colacino
Communications Manager
Toronto Humane Society
Phone: 416.392.2273 ext. 2149
acolacino@torontohumanesociety.com


THS commends PJ's Pets on eliminating puppy sales
Toronto, ONT. - August 17, 2011

PJ's Pets and Pets Unlimited announced this week that they will no longer sell puppies in any of its stores and instead focus on assisting pet adoption services in SPCAs, shelters and rescue groups across the country, a move the Toronto Humane Society (THS) fully supports.

"We are absolutely delighted that PJ's Pets and Pets Unlimited have decided to stop selling puppies in their stores," says Christopher Barry, Interim CEO at THS. "This initiative will deter the breeding of puppies for sale in pet stores and give hundreds of homeless pets and shelter animals a better opportunity to find a home. We encourage more stores to follow their example."

The THS hopes to partner with a local PJ's Pet store so that the shelter can profile its adoptable animals, educate the public on the issue of homeless and abandoned pets and increase adoption activity.

About THS:

The mission of the Toronto Humane Society (THS) is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering. The Society's vision is to be one of Canada's leading animal advocacy, animal care and adoption agencies. The THS provides high quality care to the animals who are surrendered to the shelter and finds them forever homes as quickly as possible. The THS receives no government funding and is operated entirely through private donors and sponsors.

If you would like to schedule an interview with a THS expert, please contact:

Ann-Marie Colacino
Communications Manager
Toronto Humane Society
Phone: 416.392.2273 ext. 2149
acolacino@torontohumanesociety.com


August 20th is International Homeless Pets Day
Toronto, ONT. - August 05, 2011

Since 1992, International Homeless Pets Day is recognized annually as the third Saturday in August and has called awareness to the issue of animal overpopulation.

One of the many ways the Toronto Humane Society (THS) works hard to combat this issue is through its volunteer-run Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program. This group has now held 15 clinics and spayed/neutered more than 400 street cats. TNR is recognized as the most humane and effective approach to managing feral cat overpopulations. It involves trapping all or most of the cats in a colony, having them neutered and vaccinated and then returning them to their territory.

Other ways THS helps reduce pet overpopulation is by spay/neutering every animal before adoption. The shelter also encourages every owner to have his/her companion animal licensed. This will ensure lost animals are promptly reunited with their owners. Unlike micro chipping, which is only done once and not always updated (owners can forget), licensing is required annually, which increases the likelihood that the animal's contact information is up-to-date. Remember, accidents happen and even indoor cats are known to unexpectedly slip out the door and run away.

What can you do to help raise awareness on International Homeless Pets Day? Here are just a few ideas:

  • Adopt a homeless pet
  • Visit your local shelter or rescue and volunteer to walk or play (socialize) with the animals
  • Find out what your local shelter or rescue needs and supply (some of) it. For instance, the THS is currently in need of towels, blankets, children's pools and biodegradable bags for "poop ‘n' scoop"  
  • Next time you're at the grocery store, pick up some extra puppy or kitten food and drop it off at the animal shelter
  • If you Tweet or Facebook, post a message and photo about a homeless pet to help it find a home (you can repost the daily Pet of the Day on the THS Facebook site)
  • Blog about the situation.
  • Spay or neuter your pets and encourage others to do the same

About THS:

The mission of the Toronto Humane Society (THS) is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering. The Society's vision is to be one of Canada's leading animal advocacy, animal care and adoption agencies. The THS provides high quality care to the animals who are surrendered to the shelter and finds them forever homes as quickly as possible. The THS receives no government funding and is operated entirely through private donors and sponsors.

If you would like to schedule an interview with a THS expert to discuss 2011 International Homeless
Pets Day, please contact:

Ann-Marie Colacino
Communications Manager
Toronto Humane Society
Phone: 416.392.2273 ext. 2149
acolacino@torontohumanesociety.com


August is feline frenzy at THS Victoria Park!
Toronto, ONT. - July 28, 2011

Meet your BFF (Best Feline Friend!) this August at the Toronto Humane Society's (THS) satellite location in North York.

For the entire month of August the THS Victoria Park branch, 2802 Victoria Park Avenue (unit 13), will be open for cat adoptions every day from 12 to 8 p.m. This follows the success of a weekend blitz held in July. Future dates TBD.

The THS Victoria Park branch is located in the Van Horne Plaza on Victoria Park and Van Horne (a few blocks north of Sheppard Ave.).

Felines cost $100, senior cats (7 years plus) are $50. Every animal adopted at THS is spayed/neutered. Also included in the cost of a feline adoption is age appropriate vaccinations, microchip implant, de-worming, de-fleaing, a blood test (checking for FIV and FeLV) and a complete oral health check. Felines and canines also come with six weeks of pre-paid pet health insurance (as part of the OSPCA pet insurance program).

For more information, call 416-392-2273 or visit www.torontohumanesociety.com.

About THS:
THS is an independently operated humane society that services the needs of Toronto. Injured and/or ill animals receive veterinary care and abandoned animals are given safe shelter. Immature and/or injured animals are placed in foster care until they are old enough and strong enough to be placed for adoption. The THS receives no government funding and is operated entirely through private donors and sponsors.

Contact:
Ann-Marie Colacino
Communications Manager
Toronto Humane Society
Phone: 416.392.2273 ext. 2149
acolacino@torontohumanesociety.com

Darlene Frampton
Communications Specialist
Toronto Humane Society
416-392-2273 Ext. 2254
dframpton@torontohumanesociety.com


Toronto Humane Society Appoints new CEO
Toronto, ONT. - July 25, 2011

The Board of Directors of the Toronto Humane Society (THS) announced today that Dr. Jacques Messier, DVM, MBA will join THS as chief executive officer on September 1, 2011.

Messier is currently the Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Saskatchewan. He has been involved in animal health and the veterinary industry for more than 35 years. After graduating with a Doctorate in Veterinarian Medicine at the University of Montreal in 1972, Jacques managed his own practice in Saskatchewan, which at the time was the largest private veterinary practice in Western Canada. Messier brings years of senior management experience to his role at THS having served as director of the Bureau of Veterinary Drugs, COO of KV Pharmaceutical (St. Louis) and CEO of Semex Alliance in Guelph, Ontario.

Skilled at building relationships with community organizations, Messier also brings key fundraising skills to the THS. A former CEO of Novopharm - one of Canada's largest pharmaceutical manufacturers - he recently raised more than $3 million for the University of Saskatchewan.

"Jacques' blend of management and veterinary expertise will be a great asset to THS as together we move forward in implementing our strategic vision for the shelter in the months and years to come," said Marcie Laking, president of the THS Board of Directors.

Messier says he is looking forward to returning to Ontario and to be being closer to family and friends. "Ultimately what attracted me most to this position is the shelter's mission and long history of caring for abandoned animals and finding them forever homes. I am most impressed by the outstanding work of the staff and volunteers," said Messier.

About THS:
THS is an independently operated humane society that services the needs of Toronto. Injured and/or ill animals receive veterinary care and abandoned animals are given safe shelter. Immature and/or injured animals are placed in foster care until they are old enough and strong enough to be placed for adoption. The THS receives no government funding and is operated entirely through private donors and sponsors.

Contact:
Ann-Marie Colacino
Communications Manager
Toronto Humane Society
Phone: 416.392.2273 ext. 2149
acolacino@torontohumanesociety.com

Darlene Frampton
Communications Specialist
Toronto Humane Society
416-392-2273 Ext. 2254
dframpton@torontohumanesociety.com


THS feline adoptions at Victoria Park July 16 & 17
Toronto, ONT. - July 7, 2011

Good news for animal lovers north of downtown: they will be able
to adopt a feline companion at the Toronto Humane Society's (THS) satellite location at 2802 Victoria Park Avenue on July 16 & 17.

Celebrating July as adult pet adoption month, THS will temporarily open its Victoria Park branch with
20 cats available for adoption. The facility will be open from 12 pm to 7 pm for two days only.

The THS Victoria Park branch is located in the Van Horne Plaza on Victoria Park and Van Horne (a few blocks north of Sheppard Ave.).

Five reasons adult felines rule:

  1. Senior cats make great lap companions. They are often content just relaxing in your company or even taking a nap together.
  2. Older cats know that scratching posts (not furniture) are for scratching and that toys (not hands or feet) are for biting.
  3. A senior cat won't grow any larger so you'll know exactly what size feline you're getting.
  4. With age comes an already developed personality - you know exactly what you're getting and if he/she is a good fit for your family.
  5. Senior cats often know basic household etiquette and are litter trained.


About THS:
THS is an independently operated humane society that services the needs of Toronto. Injured and/or ill animals receive veterinary care and abandoned animals are given safe shelter. Immature and/or injured animals are placed in foster care until they are old enough and strong enough to be placed for adoption. The THS receives no government funding and is operated entirely through private donors and sponsors.

Contact:
Ann-Marie Colacino
Communications Manager
Toronto Humane Society
Phone: 416.392.2273 ext. 2149
acolacino@torontohumanesociety.com

Darlene Frampton
Communications Specialist
Toronto Humane Society
416-392-2273 Ext. 2254
dframpton@torontohumanesociety.com


"Dad's Best Friends" Weekend at THS
Toronto, ONT. - June 13, 2011

With Father's Day just around the corner, it's time to prove to dad he's top dog with a furry new family member from the Toronto Humane Society (THS).

Of course, THS wants you to know that dogs aren't man's only best friend. This weekend only (Saturday, June 18 & Sunday, June 19) dads who adopt any animal will receive a free Toronto Humane Society T-shirt and have a photo taken with his new best friend(s) for inclusion on our website and weekly newsletter.

Dog adopters will also receive a free dog bed (while quantities last).

June is adoption month at THS! Other promotions include:

  • It's kitten season! Help these kitties find their forever homes faster; we've reduced the fee for these little ones to $50 for the month of June only.
  • "Free Over Three" cat promotion extends to its last weekend (June 18 & 19). This weekend only the fee for felines over the age of three will be waived.
  • The age of senior cats is now classified as seven years old plus, resulting in a reduced fee of $50.  

THS is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. During these hours, an adoption agent would be happy to meet with you and discuss which particular animal best suits you and your lifestyle.

To view animals currently up for adoption, visit www.torontohumanesociety.com/adopt.htm

About THS:
THS is an independently operated humane society that services the needs of Toronto. Injured and/or ill animals receive veterinary care and abandoned animals are given safe shelter. Immature and/or injured animals are placed in foster care until they are old enough and strong enough to be placed for adoption. The THS receives no government funding and is operated entirely through private donors and sponsors.

Contact:
Ann-Marie Colacino
Communications Manager
Toronto Humane Society
Phone: 416.392.2273 ext. 2149
acolacino@torontohumanesociety.com

Darlene Frampton
Communications Specialist
Toronto Humane Society
416-392-2273 Ext. 2254
dframpton@torontohumanesociety.com


THS receives five-year accreditation from CVO
Toronto, ONT. - June 10, 2011

The Toronto Humane Society (THS) is pleased to announce it has received its five-year accreditation from The College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO).

Over the past year the shelter has passed four inspections - both spontaneous and scheduled - which have led to the official CVO approval. These assessments included spot inspections as well as medical peer and record reviews.

Previously, the shelter operated on a one-year temporary accreditation.

"We are very pleased to have this accreditation in place and are happy to hear that The College of Veterinarians of Ontario approves of the way we run our veterinary clinic," says Interim CEO Christopher Barry. "Our veterinarian staff are extremely knowledgeable and professional. They exhibit the utmost respect and compassionate care for our animals."

The THS provides high quality care to homeless and surrendered animals and helps them find forever homes as quickly as possible. Its mission is to provide expert veterinary care - from emergency support to chronic and palliative care.

About THS:
THS is an independently operated humane society that services the needs of Toronto. Injured and/or ill animals receive veterinary care and abandoned animals are given safe shelter. Immature and/or injured animals are placed in foster care until they are old enough and strong enough to be placed for adoption. The THS receives no government funding and is operated entirely through private donors and sponsors.

Contact:
Ann-Marie Colacino
Communications Manager
Toronto Humane Society
Phone: 416.392.2273 ext. 2149
acolacino@torontohumanesociety.com

Darlene Frampton
Communications Specialist
Toronto Humane Society
416-392-2273 Ext. 2254
dframpton@torontohumanesociety.com


THS Board of Directors Elects New President
Toronto, ONT. - June 8, 2011

The Toronto Humane Society (THS) Board of Directors has elected Marcie Laking as its new president. Elected as vice-president is long-time THS volunteer and foster parent Wendy Strickland, while second vice-president is lawyer Peter Newell.

Board officer Linda MacKinnon has been re-elected Chair while Lisa Gibbens was elected Secretary and Sydney L. Nezon appointed Treasurer. Former president Michael Downey will continue to serve as a Board Director.

Following on the heels of last week's Annual General Meeting in which five Board of Directors who support the mission and mandate of the previous board were elected, these new appointments will also serve to take the organization in a progressive direction.

"I am honoured and thrilled to be leading the Toronto Humane Society into this new and exciting phase," says Laking, formerly Board vice-president. "We have put in a lot of hard work to get to this point and will continue to do all we can to ensure the safety, health and happiness of the animals." 

The only First Nations Ojibway to be elected president in THS's history, Laking's post also marks a significant milestone as she is the first who started out as a teenage volunteer at THS to hold the position. A passionate animal advocate, Laking's past experience also includes work as a THS animal care worker and is known for playing a pivotal role in the reform of the organization over the past year.

For a complete list and biographies of the current THS Board of Directors, visit www.torontohumanesociety.com/board.htm

About THS:
THS is an independently operated humane society that services the needs of Toronto. Injured and/or ill animals receive veterinary care and abandoned animals are given safe shelter. Immature and/or injured animals are placed in foster care until they are old enough and strong enough to be placed for adoption. The THS receives no government funding and is operated entirely through private donors and sponsors.

Contact:
Ann-Marie Colacino
Communications Manager
Toronto Humane Society
Phone: 416.392.2273 ext. 2149
acolacino@torontohumanesociety.com

Darlene Frampton
Communications Specialist
Toronto Humane Society
416-392-2273 Ext. 2254
dframpton@torontohumanesociety.com


Toronto twins receive THS award for volunteer work
Toronto, Ontario - May 20, 2011

If you've ever visited The Toronto Humane Society (THS) shelter at 11 River Street, chances are you've seen a tall, silver-haired man walking dogs.

In fact, many of our regular visitors and staff probably often wonder: "Doesn't that guy EVER go home?!" Meet Dominique Rousselle. Or is it Luc? The only thing better than an exceptional volunteer are two exceptional volunteers identical not only in looks but dedication.

To honour their commitment to animal welfare, the dynamic duo will be given the Outstanding Volunteers award at the Be Kind To Animals Week awards ceremony, held next Wednesday, May 25 at 11 River St. (featuring guest MC Gord Martineau of Citytv).

The Rousselle twins have been THS dogwalkers for almost two years. When they first began in 2009, they would sometimes put in marathon shifts of up to six or seven hours, between them walking 40 dogs a day. Now as two of about 500 THS volunteers, the brothers come into the shelter around three times a week for a few hours. 

"We all, at one time or another, fall into a pit, where our life seems to be falling apart," says Luc, who along with his brother is a retired Toronto French teacher. "This is what is happening to the animals when they come to the shelter. I'm happy to be a helping hand for these dogs."
Dominique shares his twin's sentiments. "The dogs are like my new students! I want to help them to get their exercise, but also give them a quality of life that they deserve."

Naturally, the Rousselles have THS canines at home, Luc's adoptee, Tyson and Dominique's foster Kiji. But their compassion is global: Veteran world travelers, they have saved many suffering strays all over the world, paying for vet care, food and shelter.

As Dominique says (and Luc echoes): "It's not a volunteer job, it's a way of life."

About THS:
THS is an independently operated humane society that services the needs of Toronto. Injured and/or ill animals receive veterinary care and abandoned animals are given safe shelter. Immature and/or injured animals are placed in foster care until they are old enough and strong enough to be placed for adoption. The THS receives no government funding and is operated entirely through private donors and sponsors.

Contact:
Ann-Marie Colacino
Communications Manager
Toronto Humane Society
Phone: 416.392.2273 ext. 2149
acolacino@torontohumanesociety.com


Citytv's Gord Martineau will MC Animal Awards Ceremony at THS
Toronto, Ontario - May 17, 2011


The Toronto Humane Society (THS) will host Be Kind To Animals Week 2011's Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Celebrating those who have made outstanding contributions to animal welfare causes over the past year, the event will honour these individuals (including a heroic animal!) with a commemorative trophy.

In attendance will be Citytv's Gord Martineau (event MC), THS President Michael Downey and Simcoe the horse (of the Toronto Police Services).

The event will be held at 11 River Street with light refreshments served.

Be Kind To Animals Week begins Monday, May 23 at THS and will culminate in a two‐day Open House event on May 28 & 29, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Open House will include free educational seminars, shelter tours, face painting for kids and information booths.

About THS:
THS is an independently operated humane society that services the needs of Toronto. Injured and/or ill animals receive veterinary care and abandoned animals are given shelter. The THS is operated entirely through private donors and sponsors.

Contact:
Ann-Marie Colacino
Communications Manager
Toronto Humane Society
Phone: 416.392.2273 ext. 2149
acolacino@torontohumanesociety.com


Sweeping win for THS Board of Directors endorsed slate
Toronto, ONT. - May 31, 2011

The Toronto Humane Society (THS) membership elected five individuals who support the current mission and mandate of the organization to its Board of Directors at its Annual General Meeting tonight.

Re-elected during the vote, held at 11 River St., were Crystal Tomusiak and Board secretary Lisa Gibbens. Newcomers to the THS Board are David Bronskill, Carol Hroncek and Ken Wood. The five directors will each serve a three-year term.

With President Michael Downey at its helm, the current Board (made up of 15 seats), will continue to build on the successes the shelter has enjoyed since reopening in June 2010.

"We are proud of what we have accomplished and will continue to run a sound, transparent organization that meets the needs and expectations of our members, donors, staff, community and of course the animals in our care," says Downey. "I know the individuals elected today will be a great asset to governing the caring, clean and safe environment we know the current Toronto Humane Society to be."

Interim CEO Christopher Barry echoes these sentiments. "The message is clear that our membership wishes us to continue in the direction we have been going."

The current administration also sites the drastic reduction of infectious disease spread among animals, reduced shelter stays, enlarged enclosures and the success of new programs such as dog training classes, enrichment and fostering, as positive changes they have implemented over the past year.

About THS:
THS is an independently operated humane society that services the needs of Toronto. Injured and/or ill animals receive veterinary care and abandoned animals are given safe shelter. Immature and/or injured animals are placed in foster care until they are old enough and strong enough to be placed for adoption. The THS receives no government funding and is operated entirely through private donors and sponsors.

For more information on THS click here.

Contact:

Ann-Marie Colacino
Communications Manager
Toronto Humane Society
Phone: 416.392.2273 ext. 2149
acolacino@torontohumanesociety.com

Darlene Frampton
Communications Specialist
Toronto Humane Society
416-392-2273 Ext. 2254
dframpton@torontohumanesociety.com


Dog Bite Prevention Week begins May 15
Toronto, Ontario - May 15 to 21 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week and The Toronto Humane Society (THS) would like to remind people to learn more about how to practice safe canine ownership and avoid potential bites.
There are several ways that people can prevent dog bites, beginning with carefully selecting your animal — ensuring you are aware of his/her lifestyle requirements and behavioral issues, if applicable — as well as being cautious around strange dogs.

"Fear and anxiety are the source of aggression and biting is the worst possible ending for aggression," explains Shaswar Ahmad Arahman, THS Canine Behaviour Specialist. "Dog bites can be prevented by setting your dog up for success with proper socialization, exercise and training."
Shaswar, whose core focus is assessing all shelter dogs and ensuring they are behaviourally ready for adoption, says the most common behaviourial problems he sees and treats canines for include different types of aggression, separation anxiety and general handling.

Here are some of his tips on how to prevent a dog bite:

  • Don't set your dog up for failure. Build on your dog's confidence and independence by introducing new types of safe stress to condition him/her to act calm and relaxed at all times.
  • Learn to read your dog's body language in order to stop incidents before they escalate.
  • Socialize young puppies so that they feel at ease around people and other animals.
  • Don't put your dog in a position where it feels threatened or teased, such as leaning over him/her in a domineering way or placing your hand firmly on its head.
  • Educate your children on how, or if, they should approach a dog. For instance, never approach a dog from behind or sneak up on it in any other way.
  • Train your dog. The basic commands "sit," "stay," "no," and "come here" help dogs understand what is expected of them and can help build a trusting relationship between the dog and its owner(s).
  • Walk and exercise your dog regularly to keep it healthy, both physically and mentally.
  • Avoid games that may incite agitation like wrestling or tug-of-war.
  • Ensure he/she receives the proper and right amount of veterinarian care needed. Have your dog vaccinated against rabies and preventable infectious diseases.
  • Neuter or spay your pet.
  • If you have a fenced yard, make sure the gates are secure.

About THS:
THS is an independently operated humane society that services the needs of Toronto. Injured and/or ill animals receive veterinary care and abandoned animals are given safe shelter. The THS receives no government funding and is operated entirely through private donors and sponsors.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Ann-Marie Colacino
Communications Manager
Toronto Humane Society
Phone: 416.392.2273 ext. 2149
acolacino@torontohumanesociety.com


THS Takes the First Major Step in Renewing its Wildlife License
Toronto, ONT. - April 19, 2011

The Toronto Humane Society (THS) has taken the first necessary step in securing a new wildlife license, a permit that was violated under former Volunteer President Tim Trow's management between 2007 and 2009.
Eager to restore this vital component of the shelter as well as continue building partnerships under its all-new management and Board of Directors, the THS is pleased to report it is now eligible to re-apply to the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) for a wildlife license in January 2012.
"We look forward to working with the MNR as we have with the College of Veterinarians of Ontario in building a best in class facility that exemplifies expert veterinary care, sanitation and disease control, with animal welfare, as always, at the forefront of our mission," says THS President Michael Downey.
This follows a court appearance in which the THS pleaded guilty to four counts of violating its Wildlife Custodian Authorization during Trow's tenure between 2007 and 2009.
The case, brought before the Ontario Court of Justice last week, is now closed and no financial penalty was imposed. This is good news for donors and other THS stakeholders who can rest assure that the organization's funds will continue to be spent where needed: on the animals, not continued legal fees.
By pleading guilty, the THS accepted that the previous administration:

 Released some of the raccoons that had been in its care more than one kilometre of the original capture location
 Did not provide adequate separate housing for the isolation of infectious wildlife or take appropriate quarantine measures to prevent the spread of disease
 Did not notify the Area Supervisor of the Ministry of Natural Resources within 24 hours when in receipt of an animal on the Species at Risk in Ontario (SARO) list
 Did not keep an up-to-date log book of all wildlife in the facility as required

Background:
The THS Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre was shut down two years ago by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). This department was dedicated to rehabilitating sick and injured wild animals.
About THS:
There have been many positive changes over the past year at the THS under the new management and Board; animal adoptions rates have increased and the animals staying in the shelter are at THS for shorter periods of time. The new enrichment programs, communal rooms, larger cages and runs are significantly enhancing the health and welfare of THS animals during their stay. THS has passed four spontaneous inspections by the College of Veterinarians of Ontario in the last 10 months.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Ann-Marie Colacino
Communications Manager
Toronto Humane Society
Phone: 416.392.2273 ext. 2149
acolacino@torontohumanesociety.com

Darlene Frampton
Communications Specialist
Toronto Humane Society
416-392-2273 Ext. 2254
dframpton@torontohumanesociety.com


The Toronto Humane Society condemns the inhumane destruction of 100 sled dogs in British Columbia
Toronto - February 1st, 2011

The Toronto Humane Society joins the B.C SPCA and other humane organizations in condemning the inhumane destruction of 100 sled dogs in British Columbia, in April last year.

The manner in which these animals were destroyed is totally unacceptable. It was inhumane, pitiful and heartbreaking.

There are many steps that could have been taken to find these dogs suitable homes:

• The owner could have engaged humane organizations and rescue groups to attempt to re-home them.

Longer term efforts could also have been undertaken, both inside the province and beyond.

Activities in the media could have been used to spread the word of their plight and their availability for adoption and re-homing. The media is very helpful in bringing in public awareness.

Social networking platforms could have been used to search within the dog-sledding community, who may have offered a refuge for these animals.

The Toronto Humane Society advocates strongly against the use of shooting as a means of euthanasia and we believe that as a last resort, any euthanasia should have been carried out by a qualified veterinarian, in a safe and humane manner.

Garth Jerome
Executive Director
416-677-8882


2010

Feral Cat Awareness Day
Toronto - November 5th, 2010

M*A*S*H superstar Loretta Swit will attend the Toronto Humane Society's(THS) Open house and Adopt-A-Thon on Saturday, November 6 at 11 River Street. Ms. Swit will be on hand at 2:30 pm that day to meet members, sign autographs and support a great cause. 

"I am honoured to have a star of Ms. Swit's caliber support our great cause," said Michael Downey, THS President. "We need to increase awareness of the good things that the THS is doing for the animals and her endorsement is greatly appreciated."

"We will have about 100 animals available for adoption and our aim is to get all of these animals into new homes," said Garth Jerome, THS Executive Director. "We have many exciting initiatives taking place right now -a new communal cat room, a small species area and notably the new intake and clinic area which are all newly established and revitalized."

With 10 Emmy nominations and six nominations for the Golden Globe , Ms. Swit has been honoured with the People's Choice Award, the Genie Award, The Silver Satellite Award, The Jean Golden Halo Award, the Pacific Broadcasters Award and Two Emmys. Ms. Swit's wildlife series, Those Incredible Animals, had a five year run on the Discovery Channel, and was viewed on Animal Planet, as well as being aired in 30 countries.  Ms. Swit is 1st Vice President of Actors and Others for Animals and is an honourary Board member of the Wildlife Waystation. She serves as a Chairperson for the Hooved Animal Rescue Protection Society (HARPS) and has acted as spokesperson for The Farm Sanctuary as well as the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS)

The Open House will run from 2 to 5 pm on November 6. Staff, Management and members of the board of directors will be on hand for tours of the Society and to answer questions. Tea, Coffee and light snacks will be served. The Open House will run concurrently with the Adopt-A-Thon which starts Friday, November 5 at 12 noon.

Ms. Swit will sign photos and M*A*S*H memorabilia.

A nominal fee of $25 will be charged for signing with proceeds donated to the THS.


Feral Cat Awareness Day
Toronto - October 16th

On October 16th - The Toronto Humane Society will join efforts to reduce the large number of cats that wander our city streets, by hosting information sessions, demonstrations and discussions at its shelter at 11 River Street from noon to 5 p.m.  There will be videos, demonstrations, information on the Trap-Neuter-Return (T-N-R) process.  This method, which involves the capture, sterilization and release of feral cats, is the only proven successful and humane response to the burgeoning cat population in our city. 

Toronto Humane Society staff, volunteers, colony caretakers and T-N-R experts will be available for more information and discussion. Participate in building over-wintering shelters for homeless cats, witness and learn how feral kittens are socialized or even adopt one from the shelter, to a loving forever home!

The Toronto Humane Society is a member of the Toronto Feral Cat T-N-R Coalition, working with Toronto Animal Services and many rescue groups to solve the crisis. 

Join The Toronto Humane Society October 16th at its shelter at 11 River Street from noon to 5 p.m. to celebrate National Feral Cat Day.

For more information contact:
Garth Jerome, 416 392-2273 x 2186 



Kitten Nursery Reopens at the Toronto Humane Society
Toronto - August 23rd

August 23, 2010, Toronto, ON - Immature kittens now have a better chance at life, thanks to the reopening of the kitten nursery at the Toronto Humane Society.

There are currently 15 kittens in the nursery, with a team of dedicated volunteers and staff to care for them. All don gowns, gloves and booties before entering the nursery, to feed, groom and play with these adorable youngsters.

The standard of care in the THS' kitten nursery is similar to a hospital ICU. Veterinary staff check the kittens several times a day. Volunteers are carefully trained before being allowed to work in the nursery, and backup volunteers are always on call. Strict protocols on handling, feeding and cleaning - even rules about entering and leaving the room - keep bacteria and viruses away from the kittens' weak immune systems.

It's a big commitment to be a kitten nursery volunteer. But knowing that they helped these tiny bundles of fur, some so young that their eyes are barely open, keeps volunteers coming back.

"When you see those adorable little faces it warms your heart," says Jennifer Downe, Board member and kitten nursery volunteer, "it reminds us of why we are all working so hard to make the THS a success."

The Toronto Humane Society has worked hard to reopen the kitten nursery: revising procedures to ensure kittens get the best care, training volunteers, and reaching out to rescues to let them know we're back in business. On the first day there were four litters from Toronto Cat Rescue - and the first kitten from Toronto Animal Services.

"Legally, we still can't accept strays," says Downe, "which makes it hard - because so many kittens are born on the streets. But by working with Toronto Animal Services and our rescue partners, together we can help these vulnerable little kittens and give them a chance."

Helping immature kittens is a team effort. It takes time and the careful attention of dedicated volunteers and staff to give these kittens a chance. But it takes money too. When the nursery is full, it costs $1,500 to $2,000 every day. And the THS is desperately short of funds.

If you'd like to support the kitten nursery, and many other worthwhile programs at the new Toronto Humane Society, please visit www.torontohumanesociety.com to make an online donation or become a monthly supporter.

For more information contact:
Kim Cohen 416 783-9890
or
Garth Jerome 416 392-2273 x2186

Garth Jerome
Executive Director
Toronto Humane Society


Crown Withdraws Charges Against The Toronto Humane Society
Toronto - August 17th

The Toronto Humane Society is pleased that the Crown has decided to withdraw the charges against this critically important institution.

It is now time for the Society to move forward and continue with the challenging process of helping many lost, injured and abandoned animals in the City of Toronto.

During the long process  that pre-dated the election of the current Board, the image of the Society has been severely damaged.  Public confidence must be rebuilt which will take time. During this past year we have witnessed a devastating reduction in donations that is making it difficult to operate the Society in the manner that our membership and the public at large fully expect.

It is time to put this chapter behind us and step up the significant change that is taking place at a new Toronto Humane Society. Under the dedicated leadership of a new board of directors that is committed to transparency, sound governance and a compassionate animal welfare platform the Toronto Humane Society will be revitalized. 

Every donation will be subject to skilled financial management. But to do so we need the financial support of loyal donors.

Michael S. Downey
President
Toronto Humane Society


Calgary Expert To Help Toronto Humane Society
Toronto - August 12th

Toronto - August ---, 2010 - The Director of Animal Services for the City of Calgary is coming to Toronto to conduct a consultation for the Toronto Humane Society (THS). Bill Bruce has worked with the City of Calgary since 1981 and will be in Toronto at the end of the month to begin his work.  "Mr. Bruce, who has been in his current post for 10 years, brings a very successful track record to our Society," said Michael Downey, THS President.

Mr. Bruce will be observing and providing feedback to the Board free of charge on our current and future service delivery for animals in need.  He will work with the Board to review our operating procedures and share information that transformed animal control in Calgary.

Mr. Bruce believes that we are dealing with a people problem, not an animal problem and it is a community issue; therefore, it takes a community working collaboratively to solve it. That involves building relationships and partnerships around five key categories: people, communications/media, politics, animal experts and directing resources to the mission, vision and values.

"My goal is to work towards a community where all people and animals are valued and treated with dignity, kindness and respect.  For me, that is all about building responsible pet ownership communities.  This is an exciting time for Toronto to move forward and build one of the best animal care programs anywhere," said Bruce.

Mr. Bruce, a 30-year veteran with the City of Calgary, is a certified mediator and has extensive experience in the areas of regulation, compliance and conflict resolution. He joined the City of Calgary in 1981 in the Traffic Engineering Department where his work was focused on safety and regulation. From his traffic planner days, Bruce brings the adage "PPR-prevention, preparation and response". As well, he served a two-year term as assistant to the City Commissioner's  office before joining Animal and Bylaw Services in 2000. Calgary represents some of the best practices of animal welfare in North America 

"We are extremely pleased to have Mr. Bruce on board to help us determine best practices," said Downey.  "In many cases, it takes a third party to evaluate an organization and give feedback as to the policies and procedures in place and recommend new ones.  It is only through exercises such as this one that we can fulfill our goal and mandate and continue to serve the City of Toronto."

Mr. Bruce, as the Director of Animal Services and Bylaws in Calgary, took over a struggling program.  He has had remarkable success,  developing a program which now (2008) boasts a licensing compliance rate for dogs of 91%, a return to owner rate of 87% and a euthanasia rate of only 5%.  Aggressive animal incidents are rare and declining both in numbers and severity.  In 2007, Calgary implemented a cat license program with three very clear goals:  return more cats to owners; euthanize fewer cats and open a free low income spay and neuter clinic funded with the revenue from the program, not tax dollars.

Already, approximately 50% of cat owners have licenses; return to owner for cats is over 50%; euthanasia is down to 18% and dropping and cats are no longer euthanized for space reasons.  A state of the art veterinary was opened in July 2009 staffed with in house veterinarians and veterinary technologists to provide any medical help animals coming into the shelter need to make them more comfortable and more adoptable as well as starting the free low income clinic. With a population base of over 1 million people, those are staggering statistics.

In addition, Calgary has no limit laws, no breed specific laws, no mandatory spay/neuter ordinances and solid partnerships with local animal interest groups. Bruce's book, Building Responsible Pet Owner Communities, is scheduled to be released at Christmas.
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For further information, please contact Kim Cohen at 416-783-9890 or 416-843-6955


Toronto Humane Society to Reopen June 28th
Toronto - June 14th

The Board of Directors of the Toronto Humane Society is pleased to announce that the THS will reopen to the public on June 28th.

 "We are all very excited to be reopening the shelter and to begin helping animals in need." said THS President Michael Downey. "The Board is confident in the revitalization efforts that took place and are eager to resume full operations on June 28th."

The Toronto Humane Society has been closed to the public to undergo a court approved revitalization effort. During this closure we have renovated parts of our shelter to streamline operations and make it more accessible to the public. THS staff have undergone a comprehensive retraining course to ensure that every animal will receive the best care possible.

"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 Garth Jerome, Executive Director. "I am pleased to be able to open the shelter and welcome animals in need back into the THS, and the community to give them loving forever homes."

The THS is currently booking appointments for owners that need to surrender their animals to the THS. The public can visit the website (www.torontohumanesociety.com) prior to June 28th to see the animals that we have available for adoption.

The Toronto Humane Society is a not-for-profit organization solely funded through charitable donations that has been delivering care to animals since 1887. Its mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.



NEW OFFICERS OF THE TORONTO HUMANE SOCIETY
Toronto - June 1st

The newly elected Board of Directors of the Toronto Humane Society met last night (May 31st) and choose the Board's officers.

Linda MacKinnon - Chair of the Board

Michael Downey- President

Marcie Laking - Vice President

Ian Wintrip - Treasurer

The Officers of the Board represent the Board's experience in governance, management, volunteering and finance. Their skill set will help the THS move forward and improve operations and in assisting animals.

The Toronto Humane Society is a not-for-profit organization solely funded through charitable donations that has been delivering care to animals since 1887. Its mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.


THS Plans for Moving Forward
Toronto - April 1st

Toronto Humane Society obtains full control of its shelter under a new court approved agreement.

OSPCA will leave THS shelter on April 12 THS will close the facility and reopen June 1.

Toronto, ON, April 1, 2010 - The Toronto Humane Society ("THS") is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement that will see THS management resume control of all operations of its shelter on April 12, at which time it will close for six weeks to re-train staff and implement new policies and animal-care guidelines, Bob Hambley, President of the THS announced today. The deal was approved by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice today in Toronto.

"The THS has earned the court's approval to resume full operations of its shelter," said Frank Addario, Criminal Lawyer, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP. "The long excellent relationship between the THS and the citizens of Toronto will resume later this spring."

Under the terms of the deal, the THS will first complete the removal of the remaining 200+ cats, dogs and small domestic animals at the shelter. Most of the animals will be adopted out or boarded at other locations. In some cases animals that are too physically or mentally ill to make full recoveries for adoption will be euthanized as determined by an OSPCA/THS veterinarian. Following the departure of OSPCA officials on April 12, THS management will temporarily close the shelter to begin the retraining of staff in preparation for resuming full operations, including new animal admissions on June 1.

"During this period our staff will undergo comprehensive re-training from outside experts on the best practices of animal care. As well, the entire facility will undergo a thorough cleaning and obtain new equipment to improve operations," said Garth Jerome, Executive Director of the THS. "This short term closing will reap long term benefits to The Toronto Humane Society. We will come back stronger, wiser and better able to serve the animals Toronto's sick and abandoned animals."

Also in the agreement the THS Board of Directors shall call for a Special General Meeting of members for May 30, 2010, for the purpose of nominating and electing 15 new directors to the Board.

"Members of the THS can expect to see a substantially new Board following the May 30 meeting. We are looking forward to new ideas and new energy that will help the THS meet the needs of the thousands of sick, injured and abandoned animals that come to our shelter each year," said Bob Hambley, President of the THS. "Mr. Jerome has a two-year contract and his mandate is renewal. We have confidence he will successfully restore the THS to its place as one of Canada's leading animal welfare organizations."

The THS is a not-for-profit organization solely funded through charitable donations that has been delivering care to animals since 1887. Its mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.

Frank Addario will be available for comment at noon at the THS.

Toronto Humane Society Pleased to Announce Appointment of Executive Director
Toronto - February 12th

The Toronto Humane Society is pleased to announce that Garth Jerome has been appointed to the position of Executive Director of the Toronto Humane Society.

Mr. Jerome joined the Society early in 2008 as a microbiologist. 

In addition to his medical and animal-related experience, over the past several weeks Garth has led the shelter operations through a very challenging period.


2009

Animal Care Review Board Decision
Toronto - December 4th

Toronto, ON - Yesterday Ontario's Animal Care Review Board ruled against the three of the four animal care orders issued by the Ontario Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) in its June 2009 search of the Toronto Humane Society's River Street location.  
 
The Board ruled that Care Compliance Orders involving three cats under the care of the Society's veterinarians were "not based on reasonable grounds."  
 
In its decision the Board stated, "Because of the nature of the THS facility, which takes in animals that are abandoned, abused, or surrendered by people who are unable or unwilling to provide veterinary care, a significant proportion of the animals, at the time of their admittance, are sick and in pain and suffering and, therefore are in distress, as defined in the Act". This is a welcome acknowledgment of the difficult job that the THS is asked to perform.

In its decision, the Board noted that on June 2nd there were over 1000 animals in the Toronto Humane Society and Hospital.  The evidence at the hearing showed that one sick cat "slipped through the cracks". Happily, the cat in question is healthy and has been adopted to a loving home.
 
"As an organization, we are constantly re-evaluating our performance, and we are listening to our members and supporters," said Hambley.  "We are also listening carefully to the Board. We know there may be areas in which we can be better.  The public has my assurance as the new President that I'm working on that every day." 

Toronto Humane Society Strongly Opposes the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Rodeon
Toronto - November 5th

Regretfully, the organizers of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, which is set to open today, have again scheduled a rodeo competition to be part of the Fair.

"It is unethical and inhumane to treat animals in this manner for entertainment." said Senior Communicator Ian McConachie of the Toronto Humane Society.

Events will include, bull and bronco riding as well other events which will put the animals health and safety at risk simply to amuse the crowds.

It is wrong that the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and the Ontario Toyota Dealers Association would promote and sponsor this event. We call on them both to end this attraction, which is exploitive and sends the wrong message as to the appropriate care and respect for animals.

The Toronto Humane Society has long opposed these types of events. There are many positive and entertaining parts to the Winter Fair that we encourage the public to enjoy instead of the rodeo.

Ontario Heartworm Urgent Call to Action
Toronto - November 4th

The Toronto Humane Society supports the urgent call to action to combat the heartworm crisis in Ontario made yesterday by the Hamilton Academy of Veterinary Medicine (HAVM) and the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA).

Our own veterinarians tell us that heartworm can be painful, treatment can be risky and extensive, and the epidemic likely to haunt pet owners by infecting dogs and wildlife for decades to come.

The Toronto Humane Society has been striving, along with the veterinary profession and the media, to raise awareness and end the importation of dogs to Ontario from areas where heartworm is endemic.

The Toronto Humane Society calls upon the Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the Hon. Leona Dombrowsky, to direct the Chief Veterinarian of Ontario, Dr. Deb Stark, to launch a public inquiry into the cause of the heartworm epidemic and make recommendations as to the best course of action to take to protect Ontario's pets and wildlife.

It appears that the former Chair of the Ontario SPCA, and its newly appointed Chief Operating Officer, was aware of the concerns raised by veterinarians as early as April of this year .The HAVM brought the situation to his attention while in his role as President and CEO of the Hamilton SPCA. The HAVM was extremely concerned as it had seen a 10 fold increase in cases of heartworm in the Hamilton area, many of which were traced back to dogs imported by the Hamilton SPCA from the Southern United States.

It would be inexcusable if Ontario SPCA affiliates were to be implicated in this crisis. The Ontario SPCA has a duty to protect Ontario's pets and wildlife. We ask the Ontario SPCA to join with us in our call for a public inquiry.

Fall adoption blitz
Toronto - Friday, October 30th to Sunday November 1st ,

The Toronto Humane Society will be having a Fall Adoption Blitz over the last weekend in October. The summer months have, as usual, been a very busy time for animals coming to the shelter and currently we have over 1000 animals in our care. Our shelter has the greatest selection of animals available in the GTA and across Ontario.

"We have seen a great success over the summer with our adoption blitzes and hope to have one last great weekend to find as many animals as possible new forever homes." says Ian McConachie, Senior Communicator. "The shelter is has literally hundreds of beautiful animals awaiting adoption."

We continue to have many kittens available for adoption. Many of these kittens were raised, often from birth or shortly after, in our kitten nursery and they are healthy and strong and need loving homes.

The Toronto Humane Society does not charge adoption fees for the animals. Instead, donations are requested and greatly appreciated. The Society is open for adoption from 12pm. - 7 pm everyday including weekends.

To view the many animals looking for new homes, please visit www.torontohumanesociety.com or come to the shelter at 11 River St. or our satellite adoption centre at 2802 Victoria Park Ave.

The Toronto Humane Society is a not-for-profit organization solely funded through charitable donations. Its mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.

Ontario SPCA Misleads the Public on ACRB Hearing
Toronto - September 24, 2009
Today, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals again delayed the Animal Care Review Board (ACRB) hearings on the independence of humane societies and SPCAs in Ontario.

The Ontario SPCA issued a press release on September 23rd where they state:

The Ontario SPCA and the Toronto Humane Society attended an Animal Care Review Board of Ontario (ACRB) hearing yesterday and due to the change in legal representation at the Ontario SPCA and scheduling conflicts with both parties, the hearing has been rescheduled to October 26 - 30, 2009

The Toronto Humane Society has no scheduling conflict which would preclude us from going forward in this matter. In fact, the Toronto Humane Society has been trying to get an ACRB hearing all summer, but has been opposed by the OSPCA. It was confirmed on September 18th by a Superior Court Justice that this hearing should proceed on September 22nd despite OSPCA objections.

"This is another example of the OSPCA misleading the public. The delay in the hearing was solely based on the OSPCA retaining new council the eve of the hearing for the purpose of stopping this hearing from going forward." Said Ian McConachie, Senior Communicator at the Toronto Humane Society.

Superior Court Order Stymied by Ontario SPCA Delay
Toronto - September 22, 2009
Today, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals again delayed the Animal Care Review Board (ACRB) hearings on the independence of humane societies and SPCAs in Ontario.

On September 18th, the Superior Court ordered the Ontario SPCA to go to Ontario's Animal Care Review Board right away. Instead the Ontario SPCA hired a new lawyer on the eve of the hearing and got another deferment.

The Ontario SPCA seems reluctant to allow an independent third party to review their actions. We believe a third party review would find that they overstepped their authority.

"The Ontario SPCA has used every delaying tactic available to them to stop this hearing." said Ian McConachie, Senior Communicator at the Toronto Humane Society. "They are afraid to face the consequences of their orders."

The Ontario SPCA has effectively instructed veterinarians employed by the Toronto Humane Society how to practice veterinary medicine. The Ontario SPCA had no business purporting to take the role of the Ontario Veterinary College and tell our veterinarians how to do their jobs.

The Toronto Humane Society has been seeking a hearing at the Animal Care Review Board and has been blocked by the Ontario SPCA since June 8th.

The ACRB hearing has been rescheduled for October 26th.

The Toronto Humane Society is a not-for-profit organization solely funded through charitable donations. Its mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.

Superior Court Rules that the OSPCA Can Not Stop Review by the Animal Care Review Board
Toronto - September 18, 2009
Today, Mr. Justice Gray has cleared the way for Ontario's Animal Care Review Board (ACRB) to decide on whether the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) has the power to tell the Toronto Humane Society and its other affiliate societies, specifically their veterinarians, how to care for animals.

On June 2nd, 2009 the OSPCA effectively instructed veterinarians employed by the Toronto Humane Society how to practice veterinary medicine. The Toronto Humane Society appealed this interference to the Province's ACRB on June 8th, 2009. The OSPCA has been blocking a hearing and independent review by the ACRB ever since.

The ACRB hearing will take place on September 22nd, 2009.

"We are very pleased with the court's decision. We have fought hard to have an impartial review of the actions taken by the OSPCA." said Ian McConachie, Senior Communicator at the Toronto Humane Society. "The Toronto Humane Society is an independent organization and can not allow the OSPCA to continue to interfere and damage our reputation of 122 years of excellent animal care."

This issue is one of maintaining the diversity of what has been built up over generations. During the summer of 2008, contrary to the wishes of the OSPCA,  The Toronto Humane Society, and its President, Tim Trow, succeeded in ensuring that the new Ontario Provincial Animal Welfare Act, 2008 did not stifle the uniqueness of each humane society across Ontario in the care of animals. At that time, Trow wrote the Hon. Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services: "Historically in Ontario, the many voices of the Provinces animal welfare movement have been its strength."

The Toronto Humane Society is a not-for-profit organization solely funded through charitable donations. Its mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.

Friday, August 28 to Sunday, August 30 End of Summer Adoption Blitz
Toronto - August 25, 2009
The Toronto Humane Society will be having an End of Summer Adoption Blitz over the last weekend in August (August 28 -31). August is our busiest intake month of the year and currently we have over 1000 animals in our care. Our shelter has the greatest selection of animals available in the GTA and across Ontario.

"We have seen a great success over the summer with our adoption blitzes and hope to have one last great weekend to find as many animals as possible new forever homes." says Ian McConachie, Senior Communicator. "The shelter is has literally hundreds of beautiful animals awaiting adoption."

Furthermore, the shelter continues to have many kittens coming available daily. These kittens were raised, often from birth or shortly after, in our kitten nursery and they are healthy and strong and need loving homes.

The Toronto Humane Society does not charge adoption fees for the animals. Instead, donations are requested and greatly appreciated. The Society is open for adoption from 12pm. - 7 pm everyday including weekends.

To view the many animals looking for new homes, please visit www.torontohumanesociety.com or come to the shelter at 11 River St. or our satellite adoption centre at 2802 Victoria Park Ave.

The Toronto Humane Society is a not-for-profit organization solely funded through charitable donations. Its mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.

Wiggles Very Happy in New Home
Toronto - July 23, 2009
Yesterday, Toronto Humane Society Senior Agent Tre Smith, transported Wiggles to the Painted Rock Animal Farm & Sanctuary in Tottenham, (http://www.paintedrockrescuefarm.com) run by Barry & Laura Cameron

Wiggles was delighted to be placed in such an ideal environment. "Wiggles is very happy in her new home." Said Ian McConachie, Senior Communicator. "She enjoyed the fresh country air as well as being around the other pigs and farm animals."

Wiggles, the little piglet found injured on the side of the 401 in late May after falling from a
transport truck, has been moved to her new forever home. Wiggles had surgery to repair her leg and spent about two months recovering at the Toronto Humane Society.

The Painted Rock Animal Sanctuary has rescued over 100 animals from across Ontario including other pigs for Wiggles to play with. The Toronto Humane Society has taken animals to the Sanctuary before and we are pleased to be able to have found such a perfect fit for Wiggles.

*Please note video clips of Wiggles at the farm are available for media upon request

Wiggles Moving to New Forever Home
Toronto - July 21, 2009
Wiggles, the little piglet found injured on the side of the 401 in late May after falling from a transport truck, will be moving to her new forever home.

Wiggles will be relocated to the Painted Rock Animal Farm & Sanctuary in Tottenham, (http://www.paintedrockrescuefarm.com/) run by animal lovers Barry & Laura Cameron.

The Painted Rock Animal Sanctuary has rescued over 100 animals from across Ontario including other pigs for Wiggles to play with. The Toronto Humane Society has taken animals to the Sanctuary before and we are pleased to be able to have found such a perfect fit for Wiggles.

June 03, 2009 - The Toronto Humane Society Completely Vindicated
Toronto - June 03, 2009
TORONTO, June 3 /CNW/ - In a surprise inspection yesterday, the Ontario SPCA, along with its veterinarian, examined each of the 1,100 animals at the Toronto Humane Society's 11 River St. shelter and found not a single animal suffering and needing to be euthanized. This inspection proved the allegations made in the Globe & Mail to be false and without merit. After an exhaustive 5 hour search the Ontario SPCA found the clinic and shelter to be spotlessly clean and orderly...

May 22, 2009 - Toronto City Pounds Killed Over 5500 Animals in 2008
Toronto - May 22, 2009
TORONTO, May 22 /CNW/ - Last year Toronto Animal Services killed 5542 dog and cats. This is an average of 15 animals killed every day in 2008 and brings the total of animals killed from 2002 - 2008 to 30,545...

May 14, 2009 - On May 15th-18th Spring Adoption Blitz at the Toronto Humane Society
Toronto - May 14, 2009
Over the long weekend of May 15th - 18th the Toronto Humane Society will be holding our Spring Adoption Blitz. The 11 River St. shelter has many pets ready for adoption and potential pet adopters will have the opportunity to view our unprecedented selection of amazing, adorable, adoptable animals...

April 1, 2009 - Over Twenty-Five Thousand Dogs and Cats Killed in Toronto Pounds: In 2007 this means every second one admitted
Toronto - April 1, 2009
Figures obtained under freedom of information legislation show that 25,003 dogs and cats were killed between 2002 and 2007. "These statistics are appalling and heartbreaking." said Ian McConachie, Senior Communicator at the Toronto Humane Society. The combined euthanasia rate in 2007 was 55%....

March 27, 2009 - Toronto Humane Society Wildlife Advice for the Public
Toronto - March 27, 2009
As Spring arrives and turns into the warmer months of Summer, it is important to remember how to properly address issues with wildlife that you may encounter.

Animals do best in their natural habitat. We encourage all members of the public to not interfere with them...