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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.
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.
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.
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.
PJ's Pets has announced they will no longer be selling puppies at their stores as of Sepetember 1st! Instead, they will support pet adoption services in an effort to find homes for thousands of pets in local SPCA's, Humane Societies, rescue groups and shelters across the country.
Here is their full press release:
TORONTO, ON, August 16, 2011 – PJ's Pets and Pets Unlimited have announced that they will no longer sell puppies in any of their stores. As of September 1st, their focus will be to support pet adoption services in an effort to find homes for thousands of pets in local SPCA's, Humane Societies, rescue groups and shelters across the country.
To create awareness, the companies are launching the "Every Pet Deserves A Home Program". The mission of the program is to help increase the visibility of pet adoption agencies within local communities by offering them space within their stores to educate people about participating organizations and the pets they have available for adoption.
"More than two million pet lovers visit our stores every year. We recognized that we can provide a significantly positive effect on local pet communities by working with adoption agencies to help them find homes for their pets," said John Jules, President and CEO. "We chose to stop selling puppies and turn our focus on the new adoption program. This decision allows us to create the welcoming space within our stores needed for adoption agencies and customers to connect."
Each store will have a dedicated area for adoption organizations to hand out brochures/pamphlets, handle adoption applications, and show photos of adoptable pets. Stores that can accommodate it will have kennel space reserved for shelter pets. The company is reaching out to a long list of groups that it hopes will take advantage of and benefit from this program.
"We applaud what PJ's Pets and Pets Unlimited are doing in giving up puppy sales to help organizations like ours find homes for more pets," said Kristin Williams, Executive Director of the Nova Scotia SPCA. "Far too many animals are without a home, but this program will help to alleviate the burden and add vital capacity to our network of Branches. Collaboration is critical to resolving welfare issues and saving more lives and this is a remarkable example of what can be achieved by working together".
Pets Unlimited had stopped selling puppies in all of its stores earlier this year, while PJ's Pets will wind down sales by September 1st. Between now and October 1st, PJ's will be working with their private kennels to help find adoptive homes for their breeding dogs and any remaining puppies. The companies are making every effort to minimize job losses in the transition.
About PJ's Pets/Pets Unlimited
PJ's Pets and Pets Unlimited is a Canadian owned and operated company with 41 stores in the provinces of Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland. We proudly employ over 600 Canadians and support dozens of Canadian pet product manufacturers and distributors.
We believe the bond between humans and animals is a remarkable gift that should be available to all and treated with the utmost care. We nurture this gift every day by putting the health and happiness of pets first and by providing Canadian pet parents with quality pet care products and knowledgeable advice in a bright, happy and welcoming environment.
Director of Marketing
PJ’s Pets/Pets Unlimited
905-593-3177 ext. 238
Hill’s® Food Shelter & Love™ program has partnered with us and is donating pet food for all dogs, cats, kittens and puppies being cared for here.
Buy a Brick
For $100 you can buy a brick in the new shelter. Buy a brick for a pet, in memory of a loved one, an individual, a classroom etc. Simply fill out the form, and your brick will be displayed in the entrance.