Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Who killed Icy and Why?

Diablo & Icy: Icy and Diablo (dibo) These 2 striking huskies find themselves in need of a loving, committed home together. Their owner is moving out of the country and due to the hot climate and long distance, he cannot take them. Icy is a beautiful spayed female siberian husky, black and white. she was born aug 30, she is 11 years young. she has one blue eye and one half blue, half brown eye - very cool! She is very energetic, a little bit timid but loves hugs.
Diablo (or Dibo) is a striking male siberian husky, white and beige. he was born on july 12, he will be celebrating his 8th birthday this month. diablo has 2 blue eyes. he's very energetic and goofy... a very lovey dovey dog. icy and diablo are bonded and need a loving home together. they will come with all their own supplies....beds, leashes, bowls etc. Contact Steve Namen 416-200-0478

That was the ad posted on Toronto Adopt-a-Pet on July 11.  Via M. Michelle Nadon at C4P Animal Rescue, and the Toronto Examiner, a further plea went out for homes for these beautiful dogs (July 17, 2010).   Owner Steve Namen had been desperately searching for a good home for his dogs for some time.  While I don't pretend to agree with most of the people I see "re-homing" their animals, there ARE legitimate reasons and his seemed so.  Finally, time ran out, and trusting in the promises of the "new" THS he reluctantly surrendered his dogs, confident that the place that had once epitomized compassion and caring and had believed every animal deserved a chance would do well by his dogs.  This surrender took place (subject to confirmation) on or around Friday, July 16.

YET, according to reliable sources, within HOURS of their arrival, Icy was euthanized. Yeah, this healthy, beloved, beautiful dog was euthanized.  While the reason why this atrocity was allowed remains unanswered - there is no question it DID happen. Icy, beloved pet, bonded strongly to partner Diablo was killed.  By Toronto Humane Society staff.

While we are thankful that Diablo dodged the bullet and was subsequently adopted, the fact remains that a healthy 11 year old dog was killed.

The new Board of the THS pronounced themselves "shocked" and promised a speedy and thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding this decision.  That investigation was purportedly to have come to some form of resolution today.

So, what is the outcome?  What were the circumstances surrounding the decision to euthanize?  Who made the decision - an individual? A group?  Was it Garth Jerome or head vet Karen Ward?  If it is asserted there was a judicious decision made based on sound reasons, then the Board should have no compunction in allowing the public to know those reasons.  The current Board has promised unequivocally that transparency and communication are two major tenets of their platform.  The twisted private machinations of former directors and staff were to be a thing of the past.

The THS opened on June 28, 2010.  Now, a month later the direction the THS intends to take remains murky and unclear.  It continues to only take owner-surrenders - which surrenders are cumbersome and far too involved and by any standard, could and probably do discourage many individuals from surrendering animals.  Strays, abused, abandoned and neglected animals are no longer their concern (at least right now) - those animals in short that used to find in the THS their ONLY place of refuge.

The direction the THS intends to take continues to elude understanding as communication continues to remain sketchy and unclear.  At this point, it is not entirely evident whether the facility ever intends to at least attempt to pursue a "no-kill" policy as so many supporters, members and volunteers sought.  Certainly, euthanizing a dog within hours of its arrival, with no clear explanation as to why does not bode well for the future.

It's no secret that I have no use for THS Executive Director Garth Jerome ; however- he has at least been clear that euthanasia is something he deems inevitable and in many cases probable; let's not forget that he has reiterated more than once that the THS is "not a sanctuary".  However, perhaps I was naive in hoping that the definitive vote for a brand new Board, many of whom have espoused their support and often passionate commitment to pursuing a "no-kill" option (keeping in mind this does not mean NOT KILL EVER - please google Wingrad for a better grasp of what is meant by no-kill) would mean the dawning of a new era for the THS.

At this point,  7:37 on Wednesday, July 28 I STILL have not been able to find any indication from the Board that they have reached some understanding of the reasons behind euthanizing an old but healthy dog.

It really isn't rocket science.

Who made the decision to kill Icy?

Based on what criteria?

Okayed then by whom?

And IS this then what we can expect from the THS for the future?

These questions are not difficult nor are are they unequivocal - SOMEONE made that decision.

Toronto animal lovers deserve to know.

Monday, July 26, 2010

10 beagles desperately seeking caring homes - refugees from U of Guelph Vstep

The Animal Alliance of Canada recently announced the desperate need for individual homes for 10 beagles and 4 cats from the University of Guelph V-step program.

The Vstep program trains vets from other countries who wish to qualify here in Canada.  The vets "practice" spay/neuter on beagles raised in laboratories at the University. These sweet, gentle dogs have never been (in most instances) outside, on a leash, have lived their short lives in cages, are "practiced" on - often by inexperienced practioners and then are summarily euthanized. The Animal Alliance has been fighting with the University of Guelph for 10 years to have the dogs released to rescue groups on being spayed or neutered.  To this point they have been unsuccessful.  Apparently only 1 supervisor oversees 10 students (for scenarios which for the safety of the animal should be one on one).

The University has JUST agreed to release 4 cats and 10 beagles but ONLY to individuals not to rescue or humane groups (even those willing to take them on). These lovely sweet-tempered beagles will most definitely provide a challenge (but would be well worth the effort) - they have not been socialized, will have to be housetrained, introduced gently to the outside world, will need LOTS of one on one to learn how to trust human beings and how to actually BE a dog.

They DESERVE a chance.

Pressure must be brought on the University of Guelph to stop this horrific practice.  Many other veterinary collegs use cadavers - and there are also groups willing to form a partnership where experienced vets could provide (for an example) shelter dogs that need spaying or neutering with ONE on ONE supervision.  I also find it a sad comment on the University's mandate to teach aspiring vets compassion for the aniamls they treat.  Animals, like people, need caretakers and individuals with a holistic approach - one based on compassion and caring as well as science.

Please contact Liz of Animal Alliance for further details:

416-462-9541 ext: 23

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lost dog alert! (cross posted from craigslist)

Missing Australian Shepherd - new info (Rouge Valley)
Date: 2010-07-21, 1:58PM EDT

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Sadly, what appeared to be a very good lead in the Sandford area turned out to be a different dog. They did manage to catch that dog, but he was a sheepdog with Oshawa tags.

We are back to the fact that the last confirmed sighting was in the Rouge Valley. The sighting near Whittamore Berry Farm is believed to be 100% reliable, and really there is no reason why Sunny should move from that area. Given that there have been no confirmed sightings of him since then, it is reasonable to think that he is hiding out, taking care of himself Aussie-style.

f anyone is walking in the area and thinks they see him, please do not try to coax or approach him, as this will cause him to run. The best thing to do is just to make the call, as soon as possible.

The main contact number for any sightings is Leigh 416-566-0611 (cell). If you are likely to be walking in the area, maybe you could put that number in your cellphone phone book - who knows, you may see him and be able to make the call whilst you have him in sight. In view of the number of mistaken identity calls which have been received, a photo snapped with your cell phone would also be most helpful in confirming the sighting.

Thank you to all the many people who have been searching for Sunny, and praying for his safe return.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Saving animals of afghanistan and iraq- support caring marines

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Kittehs Kiki and Keykey have found a home in the midst of war. And it’s all thanks to three US Marines, Brian Chambers, Chris Berry and Aaron Shaw. They started a mission to help find homes for stray cats that they found while serving in Afghanistan. After finding Keykey injured by a c-wire, Berry took care of his wounds and nursed him back to health and the two of them have been best friends every since.

And now Keykey is living with Berry’s parents in Michigan while Kiki is living with Chambers’ parents in Texas and both are enjoying their new loving homes! Those Marines are definitely heroes in our book as is also the group of Royal Marines that started the organization called Nowzad in 2007. This organization rescues stray and abandoned animals in Afghanistan and Iraq.