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It looks like all five of the Toronto Humane Society board endorsed candidates will be filling the five vacant board seats. Tim Trow and his pals have been given the cold shoulder by the membership.

Congratulations to Crystal Tomusiak, Lisa Gibbens, Carol Hroncek, Ken Wood and David Bronskill (you can read their bios here).

I wish them much success and I hope they all work their asses off for the animals at the THS - and knowing what I know about most of them, I'm sure they will.

From The Star, Former Toronto Humane Society president fails to win board.

From The National Post, Tim Trow loses bid to return as Humane Society board.

From The Globe and Mail, Former president fails in bid to regain control over humane society .

6 Comments to “... But he ain't gettin' it”

  1. biscuit says:

    It was a very interesting evening. I still wonder who the man was with the long white-blond hair and matching beard, wearing a snow-white salwar kameez: he stood up during Liza Gibbens's candidacy speech and began haranguing her, eventually screaming "BULLSHIT!" at her until two police officers came and escorted him away.

    The happiest people in the room seemed to be the THS staff and volunteers. There's going to be some celebrating tonight, I think.

  2. selkiem says:

    I'll be doing a recap later (DAMN work for getting in the way of IMPORTANT things. Will say it was far more civilized than I anticipated (which was nice). I don't know who that guy was- but I was also disgusted, frankly, at the references in Liz's speech which provoked his harrangue (her reference to TT et al. being lead away in handcuffs was what ultimately started his rant). Not classy, not classy at ALL and absoultely no relevance to what an individual brings to the debate. He was unbalanced, agreed.

    Thought some of the speeches were excellent - Crystal, David Bronskill, and actually I was very impressed with Brenda Grant's (who didn't get in but would have made a terrific board member in my opinion). Overall, felt it was a good example of democracy in action - will have lots to say when I get a moment (selkie)

  3. biscuit says:

    Hey Selkie, I'm writing up a (terribly long-winded) recap, too! We can compare points. I agree with everything you said.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Quick Note to Fred: your National Post link goes to something called Modulex....

  5. Fred says:

    Link fixed. Thanks.

  6. selkiem says:

    grins.. biscuit- mine keeps GROWING ... trying to be a little more succinct!

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The reason for this blog is to help get specific dogs adopted from TAS but equally important is to try to normalize the idea of shelter dogs being just as good and just as desirable as any other dogs including those which are regularly merchandised by backyard breeders, puppy millers and those few remaining pet store owners who still feel a need to sell live animals. The single greatest stigma shelter animals still face is the belief that shelter animals are substandard animals. Anyone who has had enough experience with shelter animals knows this is untrue but the general public hasn't had the same experiences you've had. They see a nice dog photo in a glossy magazine and too many of them would never think of associating that dog with a dog from a shelter. After all, no one abandons perfectly good dogs, right? Unfortunately, as we all know, perfectly good dogs are abandoned all the time.

The public still too often associates shelter dogs with images of beat up, sick, dirty, severely traumatized animals and while we definitely sometimes see victims such as these, they are certainly not the majority and, regardless, even the most abused animals can very often be saved and made whole again.

Pound Dogs sometimes discusses the sad histories some of the dogs have suffered. For the most part, though, it tries to present the dogs not as victims but as great potential family members. The goal is to raise the profiles of animals in adoption centers so that a potential pet owner sees them as the best choice, not just as the charity choice.

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