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I'm sure you all remember the horror recently brought to light by a CBC investigative news show regarding treatment of animals at Berger Blanc, a for profit pound in Montreal, but if not, here's a summary.

The next video is extremely graphic. I had to cut this together for a presentation but otherwise never would have watched this footage. It's been edited from the complete Enquete episode dealing with Berger Blanc which you can see here.

This didn't take place in another country. This was in Canada, in the province next door. This wasn't last century or last decade. This was a few months ago and it may still be happening now. These conditions are very real and could be what animals will face in Toronto if city council decides animal control should become a for profit pound. Care and compassion only interfere with the bottom line.

If you have some time, please consider speaking for the animals in Toronto or writing to council on their behalf.

Toronto's Core Services Review continues Monday (this coming Monday, July 25) with discussions pertaining to Licensing and Standards which encompasses Toronto Animal Services. The meeting will be held at City Hall in Committee Room 1 and starts at 9:30. More info here.

If you wish to speak at the meeting, please go here and hit the "Request to Speak" button at the top right. Or you can also register by email,, or by phone, 416-397-7796.

If you can't go in person, or just wish council to have a hard copy of your deputation, you can email in your deputation to these addresses:
Please make sure your deputation gets in before 8 a.m. on Monday and it will be circulated to all the Licensing and Standards Committee and staff.

Here is a simple step by step guide to writing a deputation.

There are already several speakers lined up but this is a numbers game so the more the better. Usually, every speaker is given 5 minutes (firm).

You can sign the petition is here.

You can also check out the Save Toronto Animal Services Facebook page for more details.

6 Comments to “If Toronto Animal Services turns into a for profit company”

  1. Thanks for the "how to write..." info, very useful.

    This is definitely a case of "more is better". We need every concerned voice to speak for the animals.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think that a simple online petition would be really effective in helping the cause here.. it's very easy for people to sign a petition, but I doubt that most will write a deputation

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think that the meeting is on Monday morning, so as soon as the petition is up, please post the link to all of your sites... lets try to get 1000s of signatures before Monday, which in-itself will be a speaking point.

  4. Laura HP says:

    There will be a petition up within 24 hours, someone's working on it!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Why is there still no petition? The city meeting is tomorrow morning! It's extremely easy to set up, and people can sign it by simply clicking a Facebook button if you do it on this site.

  6. The petition is up.

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A request

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.

So, here's the favour I'm asking. Whenever you see a dog picture on these pages you think is decent enough, I'd like you to consider sharing it on Facebook or any other social media sites you're using (I know many of you do this already and thank you for that). And when you share it, please mention that the dog in the photo is a shelter dog like so many other shelter dogs waiting for a home. If we can get even five percent of the pet buying public to see shelter dogs differently, to see how beautiful they are and how wonderful they are, and to consider shelter dogs as their first choice for a new family member, we can end the suffering of homeless pets in this country.