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Friday, 21 March 2014 10:41

Matty's Surgery a Success!

Whitby, Ontario (March 21st, 2014) – Matty the cat found shot 16 times with a BB gun underwent surgery yesterday. Dr. Carl Porter of the Toronto Veterinary Emergency Hospital removed four of the sixteen pellets and repaired the fractured leg. The remaining 12 pellets will stay in place for the rest of Matty’s life.

Today, Matty is happy and has already begun to put weight on his leg. He will soon be back in the care of the Veterinarians at the Toronto Humane Society, who will continue treatment and begin a program of rehabilitation. Given his injuries Matty will remain on antibiotics for the next month.

Everyone at the Humane Society of Durham Region is thrilled with the results of Matty’s surgery. We want to thank everyone for their support and kind thoughts. says Barbara Steinhoff, Executive Director.

The investigation into Matty’s shooting continues. Packaging from a Heckler & Kock Semi-Automatic USP Airsoft CO2 BB Pistol was located close to where Matty was found near 600 Thornton Road South Oshawa. SPCA Investigator, Debby Houghton, says this type of BB pistol can fire off multiple rounds of pellets without reloading.

We are asking for anyone with any information that may assist in finding the person or persons responsible to please contact us at 905-665-9644 Ext. 225. says Debby Houghton, OSPCA Investigator.

Matty was found as stray in the Thornton and Champlain area of Oshawa, the inured cat was transferred from Oshawa Animal Services to the Humane Society of Durham Region on March 14th when a medical assessment discovered in addition to a sever break to his front right leg the cat had been shot 16 times with a pellet gun.

Individuals wishing to help support Matty’s veterinary care may donate online by clicking here or by texting HSDR to 20222 to donate $10 through their mobile device., or by calling the Humane Society of Durham Region at 905-665-7430.

For more information contact:

Barbara Steinhoff
Executive Director
Humane Society of Durham Region
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mobile – 647-938-9053

About the Humane Society of Durham Region
The Humane Society of Durham Region is a charitable community resource, dedicated to protecting and providing temporary shelter and comfort to all animals in need and promoting adoptions and re-homing for unwanted, abused, neglected and abandoned animals. We promote humane treatment of all living things and work within the law to respond to and investigate all complaints of cruelty and neglect.

Published in News & Updates
Whitby, Ontario (March 18th, 2014) – The Humane Society of Durham Region is seeking the public’s help in a horrific case of animal cruelty.

Found as stray in the Thornton and Champlain area of Oshawa, the inured cat was transferred from Oshawa Animal Services to the Humane Society of Durham Region on March 14th when a medical assessment discovered in addition to a sever break to his front right leg the cat had been shot 16 times with a pellet gun.

X-rays clearly show the pellets lodged throughout the cat’s body. The male cat, now named Matty, is currently stable and will soon undergo surgery.

With everything Matty has been through, his sweet disposition is shining through. He has won the hearts of his veterinarians and our animal care workers. says Barbara Steinhoff, Executive Director.

Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Humane Society of Durham Region at 905-665-7430.

Individuals wishing to help support Matty’s veterinary care may donate online by clicking here or by texting HSDR to 20222 to donate $10 through their mobile device.

For more information contact:

Barbara Steinhoff
Executive Director
Humane Society of Durham Region
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
mobile – 647-938-9053

About the Humane Society of Durham Region
The Humane Society of Durham Region is a charitable community resource, dedicated to protecting and providing temporary shelter and comfort to all animals in need and promoting adoptions and re-homing for unwanted, abused, neglected and abandoned animals. We promote humane treatment of all living things and work within the law to respond to and investigate all complaints of cruelty and neglect.

Published in News & Updates
Monday, 17 March 2014 14:31

Foster Parents Needed for Kitten Season!

The Humane Society of Durham Region is currently recruiting foster parents in preparation for the 2014 kitten season that is fast approaching.

We are currently looking for individuals that can take on litters of kittens, pregnant Queens, as well as Queens and their litters. Kittens require a quiet space and if orphaned, regular syringe feeding every 2 or 4 hours.

Hundreds of kittens are abandoned at our shelter each year and these lives are dependent on the generosity of individuals like you, willing to lend a hand to help them thrive. Veterinary care and all supplies will be provided by the Humane Society of Durham Region.

If you are interested in learning more about foster or applying to be a foster parent, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Friday, 07 March 2014 12:10

HSDR Presents: The Whiskers!

March is award season and this month the Humane Society of Durham Region will be handing out award nominations to some of the many deserving animals in the shelter. Nominees from the feline, canine and special species departments will be featured in our campaign that focuses on finding homes for our long stay and senior animals. As part of the promotion we will be rolling out the red carpet for adopters.

A thank you goes out to all the adoption departments that are hard at work coming up with their list of nominees which we will be featuring online as well as on cage cards within the shelter.

Winning is easy, because whenever a nominee finds a forever home - everyone wins. Our animals get a second chance at a new life and adopters get a brand new best friend and family member. Hollywood has come to Durham Region and this is the chance for adopters to take home their very own four-legged star.

Please take a look at the full Whiskers flyer: here.
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A message from your Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Durham Region (HSDR) is pleased to announce it has reached an agreement with the Toronto Humane Society (THS)to assume management of the day-to-day operations of the HSDR.

Under this agreement, which is now in effect, THS will provide management staff and with a full suite of vital operational and medical resources to support and manage the operations of the HSDR, ensure superlative day-to-day attention to the animals under the care of the HSDR. The level of expertise and the quality of care that the management team of the THS delivers within its own downtown Toronto operation is second to none and the Board of Directors is delighted to have the opportunity to tap into this level of expertise for Durham Region.

In recent months, THS has provided assistance to HSDR and performed an assessment of our current operations while we searched for a full-time Shelter Manager. Through that process, the full range of support available from THS became very evident. This includes access to 8 full-time or part-time Veterinarians and 14 Registered Vet Technicians, resources that the HSDR could not support on its own. The management services agreement will also provide support in the areas of operational procedures, staff and volunteer training and support, purchasing, fundraising, marketing and communications, media relations, customer service, human resources, payroll, and accounting.

The HSDR operations is a serious undertaking that the new Board of Directors identified very quickly after being appointed at the annual meeting of members at the end of June, 2013. Immediately, the new Board set about creating and implementing a plan that would appropriately position the HSDR for growth and to be able to effectively handle the requirements of the HSDR based on an anticipated population explosion for Durham Region. Engaging the expertise and the scale of THS in the operations of the HSDR to offer the same level of care in Durham Region is the right and prudent plan for the HSDR and the community of Durham.

The role of THS is to manage the day-to-day operations of the HSDR. The HSDR remains a separate legal entity and will continue as Durham Region’s animal rescue and adoption centre. HSDR still requires the very generous support and help from residents of Durham Region to fund our operations and will continue to undertake vital community-based fundraising initiatives to fund the shelter operation. The largest current fundraising event for the HSDR has been scheduled for June 1st at Heydenshore Pavillion and there are some amazing incentive prizes available to be won by registering and raising funds online at www.furryfriends5K.ca. Financial support from the community is particularly important in the coming months as the extreme winter weather has caused a massive spike in operational expenses for the HSDR.

The Board of Directors of the HSDR has been extremely impressed by the support of THS and we look forward to their future support under this management agreement. The HSDR will be able to tap into the economies of scale of the THS through stronger purchasing power and operational efficiencies but we still need the ongoing support of the community to continue to care for the animals and find them their forever home.

Please read the full membership update here.

Published in News & Updates
Saturday, 31 August 2013 13:26

New Cat Adoption Prices

The board of directors recently held a full-day strategic planning session and one of the priorities from this session was to increase the number of adoptions. A number of strategies will be implemented to increase the number of adoptions and to reduce the time animals spend in the shelter before moving to their forever home. One of the strategies to be implemented immediately is a new pricing structure for adoptions.

The cost of cat adoptions are as follows, effective immediately:

  • 2 Months to 5 Years: $150
  • 5 Years to 10 Years: $100
  • Special Needs*: $50

MORE TO LOVE
Adopt a second cat at the same time for no additional cost!

Fees include spay/neuter for cats over 6 months!

* Special Needs: includes cats that are diabetic, FIV positive and more. Please call the shelter for more details.

Published in News & Updates
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 10:15

Neglected Horses now up for adoption!

Humane Society of Durham Region-SPCA Immediate Press Release

Neglected Horses now up for adoption!

The Humane Society of Durham Region will be holding an open house on Thursday Nov 22, 2012 from 10:00am to 2:00 pm for any one interested in adopting one of the horses that were removed from a property in Durham Region at the end of October in horrific condition. We are pleased to say that the horses are doing much better and are gaining weight everyday. We will have applications for anyone that may be interested in adopting one of these beautiful animals at the open house. The purpose of the open house is to accept serious applications for the horses, no decisions will be made on that day as to permanent homes for them.

The location of the Open House is 13709 Warden Avenue, York Region. Warden and Bloomington Side Road (southeast corner)

The Humane Society of Durham Region is so thankful to so many people who offered their assistance, donations and so many calls offering to help. The generosity of these wonderful people who have helped us have allowed us to continue to save and help animals in Durham Region that are neglected and abused. The Humane Society of Durham Region would also like to say thank you to the Media who was so helpful regarding this case.

Published in Past Events
Monday, 19 November 2012 12:56

Update on Rescued Horses

On Thursday, November 22nd from 10 am - 2 pm we will be holding an open house for viewing of the horses.

At this open house we will be accepting applications from anyone interested in adopting one of these beautiful animals and answering any questions regarding the care they need.

We will be posting the location of the open house on Wednesday afternoon, so please check back then for more details.

Please be advised that at this open house, we will be accepting applications only. No decision as to permanent homes for the horses will be made at that time. Anyone interested in filling out an application should be prepared to have contact information for their veterinarian, boarding facility and three references.

At the time of adoption the new owner will be required to make a donation of a minimum of $50 to finalize the paperwork.

For further information please contact the shelter at 905-665-7430.

Published in Past Events
13 horses in desperate need of help.

The Humane Society of Durham Region is appealing to the public for assistance.


At of the end of October we came into the possession of 8 horses and 5 ponies ranging in age from 6 months to 17 years. The animals were all in various stages of severe neglect.

The cost of care of these animals including board, veterinary costs, blacksmith fees and other miscellaneous expenses could be close to $7,000 a month.

The Humane Society of Durham Region is a registered charity and the costs associated with this investigation will be crippling to our organization. We have had our resources depleted severely over the past few months, due to a series of high profile cases and the numbers of animals we have helped.

We are asking for any assistance of monetary donations to help with the care for these horses, as well we will be accepting applications for these horses in the near future.

We really need help to care for these beautiful horses. They did not deserve to be so ill treated. They deserve a second chance!

The Humane Society of Durham Region/SPCA has of late been responding to the rising concerns regarding the animals in the horse racing industry in our area. There are also concerns for the lack of feed existing due to our recent summer,” says SPCA officer Debby Houghton.

Our organization is very concerned that this is just the beginning of what may be a disaster over the coming months, due to changes in Revenue Sharing Agreements between the Horse Racing Industry and the Provincial Government.

Please contact the Humane Society of Durham Region at 905-665-7430 for additional information.

There are some pictures and video of the horses at the bottom of this post.



Published in Past Events
Why It Is So Important To Report Animal Abuse!

On December 29th, 2011 after receiving a tip regarding a dog that was being left in an unheated old shed unattended SPCA Officer Debby Houghton of the Humane Society of Durham Region attended an address in Whitby. At that time a small yorkie terrier was located in a cold unheated shed. The dog was found to be in horrific condition! The dog could barely move, and when it got up would fall over. The dog was emaciated, with major hair loss and with blood coming from its mouth. Both eyes were completely closed due to crusty pus. As well the dog had large amounts of pus and ooze coming from its ears. Taken immediately to a Veterinarian Clinic and examined the dog was found to be dehydrated, and with gobs of its fur in its mouth tangled around its teeth. When some of the fur was removed teeth stated to fall out. The dog’s nails were severely overgrown. The staff and attending Veterinarian, as well as Officer Houghton were horrified at the dog’s condition.

Since being at the Veterinarian clinic the little dog now renamed ‘Jenny’ has gain three pounds and is improving. The attending Veterinarian is optimistic and hopeful ‘Jenny’ will recover from her horrible neglect.

The costs that are required to help ‘Jenny’ are significant. The Humane Society of Durham Region is a charitable community resource. The Humane Society of Durham Region operates solely on the generorosity of the public. With any type of donations people are helping us to continue to rescue and protect animals.

The Humane Society of Durham Region is thankful that a tip came into the Investigations Department and illustrates that is so important to report animal cruelty and neglect. If the information had not been received Jenny would have died.

The investigation is now on going and charges are pending.

Please contact Officer Debby Houghton of the Humane Society of Durham Region Investigations Department Investigations for further information. Pictures are available below.

905-665-7430 Ext 225

A PDF of the press release is available: here.


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