July 12, 2015 Newsletter

Dear Animal Lovers, Advocates, Rescuers & Activists:

Another week of insults and trauma at the Calgary Stampede.  Dear readers, I'm looking for ideas -- any ideas - that would help animal advocates further the message (via grassroots/social media channels) that the Stampede as got to go. Anything. We need to start planning NOW for next year.  Write me with any ideas. Please. 

Not a moment too soon, NS SPCA can now officially rescue dogs in hot cars:

Bruce Friedrich's compelling essay "Listen to the Pope: Don't Cause animals to suffer or die needlessly" (thanks Lawrence Pinsky for posting): 

Farm Sanctuary NY published this piece this week, discussing how various animal advocates in the trenches cope with their grief. It's a solid read. If you can't read it now, bookmark it and read it later. It's definitely worth it.


BC Conservation Officer gets shelved for refusing to kill two bear cubs
(Ed note: what a kind man - please post some comments on the article and give this man some positive reinforcement...) (good news Wednesday, Ricky Gervais has taken up the issue...)  
Sign here to get Conservation Officer reinstated: http://chn.ge/1CmxT4f

Tennessee creates law for dogs in hot cars... amen!

Mercy for Animals accusations leads B.C. to adopt national dairy cow guidelines (Ed note: excellent work once again, MFA Canada):   http://bit.ly/1G8aE9e

Brutal animal killing festivals in Vietnam are hopefully on the way out: 



Please help All Creatures Rescue with their fundraising campaign for sweet little Billy, the wonder beagle! Billy was rescued from a puppy mill in 2012, and was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer that appeared as a tumour in his bladder. The costs for Billy's diagnostic tests, surgery and ongoing care have exceeded $12,000 and continues to mount. All Creatures Rescue is an independent and 100% volunteer run animal rescue and foster operation based in Toronto, Ontario. Their focus is rodents, but they also help animals that have been abused or have special needs. With limited resources, the cost of Billy's care has depleted nearly all of their funds. Please contact them at  allcreaturesoutreach@gmail.com , or visit their fundraising campaign at:  http://igg.me/at/helpbilly


Beautiful, 14 week old Mary is a social and confident puppy who catches on quickly - she's a clever girl!  She has a wonderful personality that has been nurtured by her foster family. She has been treated and trained with patience and kind guidance. We are looking for an adopter who subscribes to positive-based puppy training and someone who has dog experience would be ideal. Mary would be amazing at agility as she loves to climb and jump with great accuracy. Like all puppies, Mary has energy and needs good outlets - she would excel in puppy classes. Mary needs physical and mental stimulation, and we feel she would be best with a family who has no children under 12 years of age. We'd love it if she could live in a house with fenced yard (as opposed to an apartment or condo), as she enjoys outdoor activities. Mary enjoys canine companionship (she has her foster sister Rosie now, whom she adores), but she has not yet been introduced to cats.  We think she is a mix of Shepherd and Retriever and will be about 65-70 pounds when fully grown. www.speakingofdogs.com  



At the beginning of the year I adopted 2 New Zealand-American cross rabbits.  The bonded mother and son pair were surrendered due to the closure of a petting zoo they were on and had spent a year in a shelter before I adopted them. They each weigh roughly 15 lbs each, so they are quite huge!  I've had the two for almost 6 months and completely love them but I realized quite early on they they need a lot more space!  I live in a condo downtown Toronto and feel awful about the fact that I cannot offer them the space they require, so I have made the division to re-home them.  Due to their size and requirements I want to find them a home where they are free to roam and enjoy he rest of their lives...I think a farm would be ideal, but any home where they can have a large enclosure would work.  The mother is  around 4 1/2 or 5 and the son is 1 1/2. They are both neutered, have a great temperament - they are very relaxed and not aggressive at all!  They enjoy being played with and cuddled, but it does take them a little while to warm up.  They are also both microchipped by the 24Pet Watch.  The mother has been diagnosed with conjunctivitis but she has not had a flare up sine I've owned her and the shelter she was staying it told me that she was been fine for months prior to the adoption. Thank you! Sandra Nowak  sandranowak333@yahoo.ca   647-408-5807



If you're not up to speed on Canadian animal welfare laws, read this wonderful article about how Manitoba is doing it right (and other provinces including Ontario are clearly not) (thanks Lawrence Pinsky for posting):

The dangers of water intoxication for dogs (thanks Karen Piercey for posting):


"Born out of a global expedition fearlessly undertaken by a young woman, 
Project Animal Farm offers a riveting and revealing look at what truly happens behind farm doors."
Sonia Faruqi, an Ivy League graduate and investment banker, had no idea that the night she arrived at the doorstep of a dairy farm would mark the beginning of a journey that would ultimately wind all the way around the world. Instead of turning away from the animal cruelty she came to witness, Sonia made the most courageous decision of her life: a commitment to change things.  Driven by impulsive will and searing passion, Sonia left behind everything she knew and loved to search the planet for solutions to benefit animals, human health, and the environment. Over the course of living with farmers, hitchhiking with strangers, and risking her life, she developed surprising insights and solutions, about the food industry and herself.   Lively and heartfelt, Sonia takes readers on an unforgettable adventure from top-secret egg warehouses in Canada to dairy feedlots in the United States, from farm offices in Mexico to lush pastures in Belize, from flocks of village chickens in Indonesia to factory farms in Malaysia. 


Good news, bad news for Canada's orcas:  4 new babies, but the small population left are dependent on salmon stocks, and salmon stocks are depleting.  Mom Orca who died and beached earlier this year, died of malnutrition.  So let's find something else to eat, and leave them their Pacific Salmon...




Farm Sanctuary Animal Care Conference, Sept.25-27, Watkins Glen NY:



RIP Conrad Raccoon:  Conrad, I wish you knew how many people had genuine respect and love for you. I wish you could know that you singlehandedly set a new precedent for your species.  For this, you will be forever remembered and admired.



In a wonderful display of support, Torontonians are sending $ to Toronto Wildlife Centre to honour other racoons in need. 



For Cousin Conrad, with great love. PS "Conrad" was a little girl...  m.