Wednesday, 22 December 2010

We did it! THANK YOU!

We won $1,000 from the Shelter Challenge! Thank you all SO much for voting for Project Jessie! Your support from day 1 was just outstanding, we really cannot thank you enough. Especially at this time of year, we are reminded that there are good people in this world, working together, for the animals.

From all of us at Animal Alliance and Project Jessie, our most heartfelt thanks.

Lia and the AAC / PJ crew

P.S. That's Munch, in the pic above. Munch is a big, affectionate and charming bunny boy!

He is sweet and affectionate, curious and inquisitive. This is THE bunny for the first time adopter, or for the experienced person looking for a great companion. Because he is a big boy, he needs an environment where he can have some space to stretch out. He is not a bunny for a small cage.

He loves to jump up on the bed, or sit beside you on the couch. He is a very cuddly boy!

Munch is neutered and house trained.

If you are looking for a charming and delightful new companion, please call or e-mail Shelly at 519-940-4712 / shelly@animalalliance.ca

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Dundas Valley Deer in trouble - vote today!

For those who have voiced opposition to Hamilton's consideration of a deer cull at Iroquoia Heights - THANK YOU!

The link below is about the Dundas Valley Conservation Area where a deer hunt is now taking place. Please take a moment to read the article and vote on the poll about hunting on HCA lands.


Click on the following link for more information on Hamilton's Iroquoia Heights Deer Management Advisory Committee.

The next meeting is scheduled for January 19th, 2011, 7-10pm, in the HCA Auditorium, 838 Mineral Springs Road, Ancaster. The following meeting will be held Wednesday February 16th.

Members of the public are encouraged to review the Committee's Terms of Reference and meeting Minutes. All meetings are open to the public. If you would like to address the Committee, you must contact the Secretary, Shari Faulkenham, to do so.

We need to make sure that the City implements a non-lethal approach to the deer. Please send a letter to the Mayor and Members of Council urging them to implement a non-lethal prevention programme for the deer in Iroquoia Heights and throughout the City of Hamilton.



THANK YOU all again, for being a voice for the animals.

Lia and the AAC crew

Thursday, 16 December 2010

THANK YOU!!!


Hurray! We did it!

We made the finals of the AVIVA community fund contest.

Thank you so much to everyone who voted - the support was awesome!

Now the finalist ideas go to the AVIVA group of judges, and winners will be announced January 25th... fingers crossed!

Today is also the last day to get your requests in for Project Jessie Christmas adoption packages. If you were planning on ordering one for that "hard to gift" person on your list, you can phone the office at 416-462-9541 or email Lia (lia@animalalliance.ca)

And while we don't recommend giving pets as gifts, if you are having a quiet holiday and were thinking of adopting a new friend for yourself, please remember that Project Jessie has many lovely animals looking for permanent homes right now. Perhaps you can find a perfect new friend to share the holidays with? Feel free to email me and I will be happy to chat with you about the creatures we have and whether there is a potential match.

Thanks everyone! And a safe and happy holiday to you and your families!

Shelly and crew

Friday, 3 December 2010

Voting ends December 15 - Please vote for Project Jessie!!

Dear animal friend,

As you probably know, Project Jessie has submitted one of the Ideas in the AVIVA Community Fund competition. If our idea is one that wins, we would get $25,000 to help Project Jessie.

Thanks to you all, we made it to the semi-finals!  So here we go!!!

The semi-final round started yesterday and continues to December 15th. People have emailed me to say that they forgot to vote some days - so I will be posting every day just for these final days of voting and emailing people who are on our e-activists list.

You do need to register once, and create your own password for their site.

To go straight to our idea every time you vote use:

http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf7965

Please help us out, and please pass along to your email list of friends and family.

If there is anyone that you know is voting but isn't on this list, let me know at shelly@animalalliance.ca and I would be happy to add them so that they get a daily reminder.

It would mean a great deal to the animals if we won!

Shelly

Shelly Hawley-Yan
Director, Project Jessie Coordinator

Animal Alliance of Canada
221 Broadview Avenue, Suite 101
Toronto, ON M4M 2G3

On the Web:http://www.projectjessie.ca/
http://www.animalalliance.ca/
email: shelly@animalalliance.ca

Monday, 15 November 2010

COUNTDOWN - DAY10 Please Help Project Jessie Win $25,000

Dear animal friend,

As you probably know, Project Jessie has submitted one of the Ideas in the AVIVA Community Fund competition.  If our idea is one that wins, we would get $25,000 to help Project Jessie.

Here we go!!!
The third (and last) semi final round starts TODAY - November 15th. People have emailed me to say that they forgot to vote some days - so I will be posting here every day just for the 10 days of voting and emailing people who are on our e-activists list.

If everyone who voted in the second round, voted every day in the third round - we should easily make it into the top 10 small ideas - and into the finals.

You do need to register once, and create your own password for their site.

To go straight to our idea every time you vote use:
http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf7965

Please help us out, and please pass along to your email list of friends and family.

If there is anyone that you know is voting but isn't on this list, let me know at shelly@animalalliance.ca and I would be happy to add them so that they get a daily reminder.

It would mean a great deal to the animals if we won!
Thank you, thank you!!!
Shelly

Shelly Hawley-Yan
Director, Project Jessie Coordinator
Animal Alliance of Canada
221 Broadview Avenue, Suite 101
Toronto, ON M4M 2G3

On the Web:
http://www.projectjessie.ca/
http://www.animalalliance.ca/
email: shelly@animalalliance.ca

"In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we will never hear. They are not brethern, they are not underlings, they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth." ***Henry Beston (1888-1968)

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

UPDATE - Help Project Jessie Win $25,000


Dear animal friend,
As you probably know, Project Jessie has submitted one of the Ideas in the AVIVA Community Fund competition.

The second round of voting has ended and the bad news is that we were not in the top 10 - which we needed to be to move into the finals.

The good news is - the third (and last) semi final round starts November 15th. People have emailed me to say that they forgot to vote some days - so I will be sending one email reminder every day just for the 10 days of voting.

If everyone who voted at least once in the second round, voted every day in the third round - we should easily make it into the top 10 small ideas - and into the finals.

If our idea is one that wins, we would get $25,000 to help Project Jessie.

You do need to register once, and create your own password for their site. Everyone who registers, is allowed to vote once a day. If you are registered before the 15th then you can jump right in to voting from the first day!

If you save this email, the link below will take you straight to our idea every time you click it to vote.

Please help us out, and please pass along to your email list of friends and family.
It would mean a great deal to the animals!
Thanks,
Shelly

Shelly Hawley-Yan
Director, Project Jessie Coordinator
Animal Alliance of Canada
221 Broadview Avenue, Suite 101
Toronto, ON M4M 2G3

"In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we will never hear. They are not brethern, they are not underlings, they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth." ***Henry Beston (1888-1968)

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Project Jessie Shelter Challenge

Shelter Challenge Update
Thank you for voting!

Thanks so much to everyone who has been voting!

Because of you Project Jessie has been cruising along in first place (for Canada) in this challenge and if we can maintain it - we will win $1000.

It has been brought to my attention, that you can vote multiple times a day, through other pages on the Greater Good website. I suspect this is intentional on the part of the contest holders because they want more people to visit the rest of their site.

(One of our near competitors is urging all of their members to vote often - that's how they are rapidly gaining on us!)

I did contact the site to find out more info, but have not heard back.
So, I have voted multiple times today .. I am asking you to also.

You do need to "setup" each page once - Search under "Project Jessie", city "Caledon" "ON"
just like you did the first time, but after that, it will take you back to "the shelter you last voted for".

If you keep this email, you can click on each of the links below every day, and go directly to another voting page.

Thank you SO MUCH for your help!!!

Shelly and crew =^..^=

These are all the places where you can go EVERY DAY to vote !!!


Monday, 18 October 2010

Please Vote Daily!

Thank you all so much for voting for us (Project Jessie) in the third Animal Rescue Site Shelter+ Challenge with Petfinder.com of 2010. The contest closes December 19th and we're holding strong at #1 in Canada! We may be able to win $1000 to help the animals! But we can't get complacent - please keep voting everyday!

And there's one more contest we need help with...the Global Pet Foods "Name Dropping" Contest.



Global Pet Foods has always been very supportive of Project Jessie, and the Global store in Alliston, ON always features one or two of our adoptable kitties. This has really helped increase visibility and helped us to find some fabulous homes for cats.

Global has launched a contest to name their mascots. The top 10 dog and cat vote getters, have a chance to win cat or dog food for a year - or even a new hybrid car. We don't have to be number one in this contest, just in the top 10. Then Global decides who the winners are.

You can vote for one dog and one cat, per computer, everyday. Please vote for "Pompfrey and Lloyd" (currently in 20th) and "Sally" (currently in 46th). The contest closes November 1 so we have just a couple weeks to move up in the rankings!




Also, if you are a Facebook member, be sure to join one or both of our FB groups. Search under Animal Alliance and also under Project Jessie to find them. See you on Facebook!


As always, thanks!
Shelly, Lia and the Project Jessie crew

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Stop UBC Animal Research

We have been working with the Stop UBC Animal Research group, and they put out a media release, which has received quite a bit of coverage (see below).

They're doing great work to shine the light on what's happening to animals behind closed doors. Congratulations are in order!

For the Animals,
Lia and the AAC crew

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GROUPS FROM ACROSS CANADA, US, EUROPE CALL ON UBC TO DISCLOSE INFORMATION ABOUT ITS ANIMAL RESEARCH

VANCOUVER (OCTOBER 12, 2010) – Today, sixty animal advocacy groups from across Canada, the US, and Europe called on the University of British Columbia (UBC) to fully disclose information about its animal research programs. In a letter to UBC, the organizations – led by Stop UBC Animal Research and including UBC student groups, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, National Anti-Vivisection Society, Animal Alliance of Canada, Animal Defenders International, Born Free USA, In Defense of Animals, International Network for Humane Education, Liberation BC, and Vancouver Humane Society, among others – urged UBC to provide details about its animal research, such as the numbers and species of animals used at UBC, research protocols, research grants, assessments of UBC's research, any reports of UBC non-compliance of animal care guidelines, and photo and video documentation of animal experiments. The groups wrote “UBC’s lack of transparency to date has given the impression it does not want the public to see what researchers are doing to animals behind closed doors.”

“UBC must lift its veil of secrecy surrounding animal research,” said Brian Vincent, spokesman for Stop UBC Animal Research. “Since much of UBC’s animal research is funded by taxpayers, the public has a right to know what the university is doing to animals with public money.”

In their letter, the organizations expressed frustration that specifics about UBC’s animal research programs are hidden from the public. The groups wrote, “While published studies can be found on sites such as PubMed, information about UBC’s research, such as key data (e.g. numbers and species of animals used), veterinary and necropsy reports, and photos and video, has not been made available. UBC’s website, and both the Animal Care Centre and Animal Care Committee sites, provide little useful or detailed information about animal research. Furthermore, Canadian Council on Animal Care assessments of UBC's research and reports of non-compliance are confidential, which means the public has no way of knowing if the university has violated animal care standards.” The groups noted that other countries have a far more transparent system. In the US, for instance, the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Agriculture post comprehensive information about animal experiments online, allowing for public scrutiny of university research.

"It's time for animal experimentation at UBC to come out of the closet,” said Debra Probert, Executive Director of the Vancouver Humane Society. “Society has a right and an obligation to make informed decisions about how far scientists ought to be able to go when using animals in research. With the limited and cryptic information that is presently available to the public, this is impossible."

“Why is UBC so defensive about their animal research?”asked Liz White, Director of the Animal Alliance of Canada. “What have they got to hide? And why is the CCAC supporting the university’s lack of disclosure? Maybe the university is in compliance with CCAC requirements and maybe it is not,” White continued. “We have no way of knowing. Yet, approximately 100,000 animals are subjected to experimentation with oversight from UBC’s Animal Care Committee comprised of a majority members with interests in animal research and the CCAC, an agency whose governing body is made up of 25 organizations, 24 of which either conduct or fund animal research. The entire system is a closed shop. UBC spends millions of tax dollars without ever having to explain how the money is spent and how many animals are used and for what purpose. The University must open up its laboratory doors and its books to allow for full public disclosure. Only then will we really know what happens to the animals at UBC.”

UBC is one of the largest bio-medical campuses in Canada. Each year, UBC conducts thousands of experiments involving animals, including on cats, pigs, mice, rabbits, rats, non-human primates, and other animals.

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MEDIA COVERAGE ABOUT THE SIXTY-GROUP LETTER TO UBC

Group demands UBC lift 'veil of secrecy' around animal testing (Vancouver Sun)

UBC animal experimentation questioned in letter (Canadian Press wire service. Story ran widely in newspapers across Canada, on CBC, Macleans on campus, other news outlets)

Animal-advocacy groups call on UBC to disclose animal-research activities. 'What have they got to hide?' activists ask (Vancouver Sun wire story. Ran across papers in Canada)

Drop veil of secrecy, UBC. Public has right to know, activists say (The Province)

***

Stop UBC Animal Research is a community grassroots campaign that employs peaceful, legal, and compassionate approaches to educate the public about the grim realities of research on animals at the University of British Columbia and to ultimately bring about an end to research on animals at UBC. Please visit their website at: http://stopubcanimalresearch.org/

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Reminder and Thanks!

Hi Everyone,

This is just a reminder of the next Hamilton Deer Management Advisory Committee meeting tomorrow night, in case anyone would like to join us.

The next meeting is scheduled for October 6th at 7pm in the Murray Ferguson Room (Ancaster Municipal Building), with possible presenters including Hamilton Police Services, to speak about by-laws, and Stacey Baker, Senior Program Consultant for Enteric, Zoonotic and Vector-borne Diseases, Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, to speak about Lyme Disease.

And thanks to all who are voting for Project Jessie on the Shelter Challenge contest! Please keep clicking! We're holding strong at # 1 in Canada = )

Friday, 24 September 2010

Story Book Farm

For those who will be in the Toronto area tomorrow, Story Book Farm, a wonderful primate sanctuary, is having a silent art auction.

September 25, 2010
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Jersey Studios
131 Jersey Avenue (Bloor & Christie)
Donation: $10
Contact: Jax, 416-837-9263

They are featuring originals and prints from Canadian artists, including Robert Bateman, AJ Casson and Stephen Watson.

Everyone is welcome and all proceeds go to Story Book.

For more information, you can visit their website at http://www.storybookfarmprimatesanctuary.com/

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Lia and the AAC crew

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

VSTEP update

GREAT NEWS!!!

As of June 1, 2010, no lost pets will be taken from pounds and shelters to be used for research by the University of Guelph, including the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).

As well, we have just been informed of the University’s policy to stop using live animal terminal surgeries to train veterinary students - an important step forward.

Finally, all 10 VSTEP beagles and the four cats are now in loving homes! That's Finnigan, who is having a great time with her new people = )

Thankfully, the OVC has started to modernize their veterinary student training through increased computer modeling and hands-on experience through their new community veterinary clinic.

We continue to encourage the OVC to follow well-known veterinary colleges that have model animal use policies, such as Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.

Thanks to everyone who made this work for the animals possible!

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Hamilton Deer Committee: September Update

After a brief summer break, Liz and I are back in Hamilton for deer committee meetings.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in letters to the Mayor in support of the deer at Iroquoia Heights! For those who would like to send in letters, a sign-on letter is available in lieu of a hand-written letter.

Last night the Committee discussed the ecological monitoring initiatives, jointly presented by Shari Faulkenham, an ecologist with the Hamilton Conservation Authority, and Lisa Jennings, Assistant Ecologist. Following Shari and Lisa was Art Timmerman, Management Biologist from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, who presented data on deer-car collisions and deer carcass removal. All presenters cautioned that one could not draw any conclusions from the data and these initial studies.

The next meeting is scheduled for October 6th at 7pm in the Murray Ferguson Room (Ancaster Municipal Building), with possible presenters including Hamilton Police Services, to speak about by-laws, and Stacey Baker, Senior Program Consultant for Enteric, Zoonotic and Vector-borne Diseases, Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, to speak about Lyme Disease.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Beagle Update

We just received word from the University of Guelph - 6 of the 10 VSTEP beagles have homes. There were two others who were set to go to homes, but things fell through. So for anyone still interested in adopting a VSTEP beagle (or two!), please e-mail us for more information.

Liz White
liz@animalalliance.ca

or

Lia Laskaris

That's Maggie in the pic, adjusting to her new home with her wonderful people! We've received e-mails and pictures from people who have brought their new family members home - stories to warm our hearts. THANK YOU ALL for giving these little girls a second chance at life.

Monday, 16 August 2010

VSTEP update

Thanks to so many caring and compassionate people, as of last week, 8 of the 10 VSTEP beagles were adopted and staff had six potential adopters for the remaining 2 beagles. The four cats used by VSTEP will undergo their anaesthesia this week, and after being recovered, all will go home to wonderful adoptive families.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for making this possible for the animals.

As I've said before, additional dogs will be available soon, so if anyone is still interested in adopting a research animal, please give the University a call. The person to call at the University's Central Animal Facility is Annette Morrison, one of the animal care technicians. She is responsible for adoptions and can tell you about the other dogs they have.

Annette Morrison
1-519-824-4120 ext: 54308

As well, two of the three beagles in a shelter waiting to enter our Project Jessie programme have been adopted. Yay!

We really cannot thank you enough, on behalf of the animals.

Lia and the AAC crew

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Congratulations to the City of Toronto!

Jacqui and I attended the official opening of the City's new spay / neuter clinic last night. How wonderful it was to see everyone's hard work for the animals paying off. The clinic is just opening its doors this month and will be available for their own adoptable animals (from their 4 Toronto Animal Services locations). A fantastic new service is the offer of free spays/neuters for feral kitties. It has been a lot of work and organization - well done everyone involved!!!


Aside from a few kinks that need to be ironed out, the clinic is well on its way to making Toronto's ferals happier, healthier kitties - yay!


Feral cat caregivers can take advantage of traps loaned out by the City to catch ferals for sterilization. All the necessary information and forms will soon be available through Toronto Animal Services' website. In the mean time, caregivers who wish to use the program will need to register the colony and take a TNR workshop (see below for details). Caregivers can contact the Toronto Animal Services clerk at 416-338-6281 for a sterilization appointment upon completion of the workshop.


With this new service and a push for more responsible pet ownership through licensing, Toronto is well on its way to becoming a model city, like Calgary.


A big 'Thank you' too to everyone who contacted us about the beagles at the University of Guelph. Adoption applications are being reviewed and interviews are being set up. The University should have no trouble finding 10 suitable homes for the girls. Additional dogs will be available soon, so if anyone is still interested in adopting a research animals, please give them a call. The person to call at the University's Central Animal Facility is Annette Morrison, one of the animal care technicians. She is responsible for adoptions and can tell you about the other dogs they have.

Annette Morrison
1-519-824-4120 ext: 54308


Alternatively, we have 4 beagles currently waiting to come into the Project Jessie program who would love to go straight into new homes.

We also have 4 cats that will be coming out of the same Guelph VSTEP program towards the end of August. If you are looking to adopt a pair of these cats, please let us know.

Tail wags,
Lia and the AAC crew

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TNR and Feral Care Workshop
Toronto (East York), Saturday, August 21st

Dear Colony Caretakers,


The next in our series of workshops on TNR and feral colony care will take place in East York:
Anyone interested in feral cat care and population control is most welcome to attend.

This is the perfect time to plan your spay/neuter project and get cats ready for the season-that-shall-not-be-named.

Trap-Neuter-Return and Feral Colony Management


Date: Saturday, August 21st, 2010
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m
Location: East York Civic Centre, Committee Room A
850 Coxwell Avenue (Coxwell and Mortimer) http://www.toronto.ca/311/assets/PDFs/map_east_york_civic_centre.pdf

Caretakers who would like to access the new Toronto Animal Services clinic for free spays or neuters for ferals must attend a TNR workshop, and register their colony with the Toronto Feral Cat Survey http://www.feraltoronto.com/en/register/.

Workshops are offered monthly in different locations in the city of Toronto.

*Please note that registration for this workshop is by mail only and space is very limited*

Deborah Chalmers
Toronto Feral Cat Project
http://www.feraltoronto.com/

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Great News!

For Immediate Release: August 3, 2010

ANIMAL PROTECTION COALITION APPLAUDS INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION OF REPLACEMENT TO CRUEL RABBIT “DRAIZE TEST”
New International Guideline Lauded as Global Standard for Skin Irritation Testing

Toronto––After more than a decade of scientific research and lobbying by animal protection advocates, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) test guidelines programme has approved a new, internationally agreed nonanimal approach for skin irritation testing. The guideline was adopted on July 22 and it is now available for use by companies and governments worldwide.

The OECD guideline allows for the use of three artificial human skin models engineered by SkinEthic in Nic e, France, and MatTek of Ashland, USA, or other methods that meet the guideline’s specifications.

These methods in all but a few circumstances will fully replace the 1940s-era Draize rabbit skin test, which entails the application of a test chemical to the shaved, raw skin on the backs of rabbits.

These new methods, however, provide a humane—and more accurate—assessment of the potential damage a substance poses to human skin. Manufacturers use excess skin cells from surgical procedures to construct a three-dimensional skin model that closely mimics the properties of human skin. Substances are applied to the skin model to assess the potential for skin damage when used in industrial or consumer applications.

As OECD invited experts, the International Council for Animal Protection in OECD Programmes (ICAPO) provided scientific expertise that helped create the new guideline and ensure its acceptance. In addition, ICAPO members have individually lobbied for regional acceptance of in vitro skin irritation tests or provided direct financial support for the rigorous scientific trials that demonstrated the efficacy of one of the new methods.

“The science of safety testing has come a long way since the 1940s,” says Troy Seidle, who represents ICAPO member Animal Alliance of Canada. “By embracing new testing methods based on 21st century science, OECD countries are making a vital statement that the goals of animal, human health, and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive.”

The OECD produces safety-testing guidelines for its 31 member nations, which represent many of the world’s largest economies.

The new guideline is available at http://bit.ly/b2KNYM.

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ICAPO comprises 11 animal protection organisations from North America, Europe and Asia for a combined representation of over 20 million citizens, and is dedicated to the replacement, reduction, and refinement of animals in OECD guidelines and other programs. Online at ICAPO.org.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

On Behalf of the Guelph Beagles, Thank You!

There has been a tremendous outpouring of support for the little beagles from the VSTEP programme in Guelph. We have been in touch with a number of people who sound like ideal adoptive families, so many that we are confident the staff at the Central Animal Facility (CAF) will be able to find homes for them all. We hear from potential adopters that CAF staff have responded promptly to phone calls. They will screen applicants and arrange for interviews. We want to thank the CAF staff for making sure the beagles find loving, permanent homes.

If anyone is still interested in adopting an animal from the University, please feel free to call CAF Animal Care Technician Annette Morrison at 1-519-824-4120 ext: 54308 for more information. There are other animals who are up for adoption and are in need of a second chance.

The University has made significant advances by no longer purchasing lost pets from pounds and shelters and by agreeing to recover these 10 beagles. We encourage the University to continue with their progress by ending live terminal surgeries during the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree programme at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). We have been contacted by a number of veterinarians who are excited by the prospect of change, not just at VSTEP but at the OVC as well. We all eagerly await the University's decision.

As an aside, if you are in the Guelph area and would like to help, the Central Animal Facility also has a volunteer programme for those interesting in spending time with the animals. To find out more about their dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig and rat volunteer programs, contact them at 519- 824-4120 Ext. 54311. As well, there are many volunteer opportunities available to you at the OVC Teaching Hospital. For more information visit http://www.ovc.uoguelph.ca/future/dvm/volunteer/

Again, on behalf of the the beagles and from all of us at Animal Alliance, THANK YOU!!!

Liz and the Animal Alliance crew

416-462-9541 ext: 23
liz@animalalliance.ca

Monday, 26 July 2010

University of Guelph Beagles Need Homes!

Beagles at the University of Guelph need our help. Please let us explain the situation.

For the past few months, Animal Alliance has been working to rescue beagles used in the Veterinary Skills Training and Enhancement Program (VSTEP). VSTEP is a program for international vets who want to practice in Ontario. Typically, the beagles are spayed then euthanized. We've said to the manager of VSTEP that the beagles do not have to die, that Animal Alliance can find them loving homes. After a great deal of pressure from us, the beagles are going to be recovered but adopted out only to individuals, not released to Animal Alliance's care.

If you have been thinking about adopting a dog, we have been informed that these beagles are sweet, lovely little girls. There are 10 beagles, all female and approximately one to two years of age. They will likely need lots of love and patience. Most have spent their entire lives in cages and have never walked outside, climbed upstairs or been on a leash. But they are gentle loving animals in need of a permanent loving home.

Please call or e-mail us to learn more about the process and how you can help.

On behalf of the beagles, thank you!!!

Tail wags,
Liz and the Animal Alliance crew

416-462-9541 ext: 23

liz@animalalliance.ca

Friday, 16 July 2010

Hamilton Deer and Toronto Feral Cats

Just a couple quick updates.

The meeting Tuesday night of the Hamilton Deer Committee was mostly concerned with tidying up how the Committee would function and issues that still need to be considered. There was brief discussion about the deer; when the Committee reconvenes in the fall, the deer will be discussed more in depth. Although the Committee will not be meeting for the remainder of the summer, please keep sending in letters and calling the City in support of progressive, non-lethal methods to deal with factors affecting Iroquoia Heights (since there are more complicated factors than simply the deer eating vegetation!).

Yesterday, Liz and I attended a meeting of the Toronto Feral Cat TNR Coalition (more on this to come). Both of us were very excited to see a number of groups working together to address Toronto's feral cat population. This progressive, cooperative initiative is quite unique. A big congratulations to Toronto Animal Services and all the groups involved for working to help the ferals!

Have a good weekend everyone!

Lia and the AAC crew

Friday, 9 July 2010

Hamilton Deer and other stuff

Update Number 1:

For those who have voiced their opposition to Hamilton's consideration of a deer cull at Iroquoia Heights - THANK YOU!

The next Deer Management Advisory Committee meeting is Tuesday July 13, 2010, 7pm, Ancaster Mun. Building, Murray Ferguson Room.

Members of the public are encouraged to review the Committee's Terms of Reference and meeting Minutes. All meetings are open to the public. If you would like to address the Committee, you must contact the Secretary, Shari Faulkenham, to do so.


Click on the following link for more information on Hamilton's Deer Management Advisory Committee.

UPDATE Number 2: from the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition

Canada has its first Bill to ban horse slaughter! A big thank you to NDP MP Alex Atamanenko and horse supporters everywhere for this huge, historical step toward banning horse slaughter in Canada.

Bill C-544, "An Act to amend the Health of Animals Act and the Meat Inspection Act (slaughter of horses for human consumption)", was tabled on June 16, 2010 by MP Alex Atamanenko: http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=4633655&Language=e&Mode=1

Click on the various sub-titles on the left of the document.

On June 16, 2010, a Private Member's Bill to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption was tabled in Canadian Parliament by MP Alex Atamanenko (NDP Agriculture Critic). The basis of the bill is the fact that horses are not food-producing animals and many are treated with drugs that are prohibited from entering the human food chain.

This bill is a huge step forward in the movement to abolish a cruel, archaic and unnecessary industry, and we applaud Mr. Atamanenko for his monumental initiative.

UPDATE Number 3: from yours truly

Last night, my husband and I brought home Tegan, a Project Jessie cat who has been waiting for a home for nearly a year. Introductions to our two other Project Jessie rescues will be slow but I'm confident everything is going to work out. Poor little Tegan was the last of his litter to find a home - Shelly says that it's quite difficult to find people willing to adopt black cats. But Tegan doesn't have to wait anymore. He's home at last. = )


Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Hamilton Deer Committee

For those who have voiced their opposition to Hamilton's consideration of a deer cull at Iroquoia Heights - THANK YOU!

The next Deer Management Advisory Committee meeting, which was scheduled for today, has been cancelled. We will be sure to inform you of the next date for those who wish to join us.

Members of the public are encouraged to review the Committee's Terms of Reference and meeting Minutes. All meetings are open to the public. If you would like to address the Committee, you must contact the Secretary, Shari Faulkenham, to do so.

All meetings are held at 310 Wilson St E, Ancaster, unless otherwise indicated.
May 19, 2010 - Meeting Agenda
June 2, 2010 - Meeting Agenda
June 16, 2010 - Meeting at and Tour of Iroquoia Heights Conservation Area
June 30, 2010 - rescheduled
Sept 8, 2010
Oct 6, 2010
Nov 3, 2010

Click on the following link for more information on Hamilton's Deer Management Advisory Committee.

We need to make sure that the City implements a non-lethal approach to the deer. Please call and write the Mayor and Members of Council urging them to implement a non-lethal prevention programme for the deer in Iroquoia Heights and throughout the City of Hamilton.

THANK YOU all again, for being a voice for the animals.

Lia and the AAC crew

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Mayor Fred Eisenberger and Members of Council
Hamilton City Centre
77 James St. North
P.O.Box 2040, LCD1
Hamilton, ON L8R 2K3

Telephone: 905.546.4200
Fax: 905.546.2340
Email: mayorfred@hamilton.ca

Friday, 25 June 2010

Toronto's Animals affected by G20

While we may be worried about property damage and traffic delays, animals at Toronto Animal Services (TAS) South Centre are feeling the affects too of world leaders descending upon Toronto. Through no fault of their own, TAS staff have decreased access to the building and the animals in their care. Some animals have been moved to the city's other shelters, but for those that remain, we're certain that the end of the G20 cannot come soon enough.

If anyone has a stray who needs help, the South Centre will be back to normal soon. At the moment, animals are being rerouted to the city's other shelters. The Toronto Humane Society (THS), now under new management, will also be reopening at the end of the month. Please feel free to call us if you need any advice.

If you need to rehome your cat or dog, the THS has started booking appointments ("To inquire about surrendering your animal please contact 416 392 2273 ext. 2248 or mailto:admissions@torontohumanesociety.com"). Many groups, including Project Jessie and the THS, will do a curtesy posting - just e-mail a photo, description of your companion animal, and your contact information. This is a great way to minimize the stress of rehoming, especially since coping with a shelter setting is difficult for many animals.

We hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend,
Lia and the AAC crew

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Hamilton Deer Meeting

Liz and I were in Hamilton last night for another meeting regarding the deer at Iroquoia Heights Conservation Area. The meeting began with a review of the Committee's Terms of Reference, which are still in draft format. The Committee has one more issue to discuss in this regard.

The meeting went on to discuss correspondence the City has received about the deer. Interestingly, people writing in to support the deer are writing in from other cities!

For those in Hamilton, it would be great if you could
write or e-mail Council with your thoughts
.

The Committee was then presented with the 2009 Deer Wintering Survey, prepared by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. The discussion and questions that arose were thought-provoking and, hopefully, informative for the Committee.

The night had to end there. The next meeting, on June 16, is going to be at Iroquoia Heights for a tour of the area. If it rains, the Committee will be meeting at the Town Hall (address below).

Members of the public are encouraged to review the Committee's Terms of Reference and meeting Minutes. All meetings are open to the public. If you would like to address the Committee, you must contact the Secretary, Shari Faulkenham, to do so.

All meetings are held at the Old Ancaster Town Hall, 310 Wilson St E, Ancaster, unless otherwise indicated.

May 19, 2010 - Meeting Agenda
June 2, 2010 - Meeting Agenda
June 16, 2010 - Meeting at and Tour of Iroquoia Heights Conservation Area
June 30, 2010 - Public Forum
Sept 8, 2010
Oct 6, 2010
Nov 3, 2010

Click on the following link for more information on Hamilton's
Deer Management Advisory Committee.

Friday, 14 May 2010

140 OSPCA Animals Still at Risk of Being Killed!

Friday May 14, 2010: What is the fate of the 140 animals that remain under the care of the OSPCA? We don't know. OSPCA spokespersons have not made a commitment that the remaining 140 animals are safe from euthanasia. In fact, in the OSPCA’s own special advisory dated May 13, 2010 Kate MacDonald states, “Let me assure the public that no healthy animals have been or will be euthanized. Animals are being tested and retested to monitor the spread of this disease.” (OSPCA web site, May 13, 2010)

“Where are the clear and unequivocal statements from the OSPCA that no animal of the remaining 140 are at risk of euthanasia?” asked Liz White, Director of Animal Alliance of Canada.

“The animal protection community, the municipalities who have contracts with the OSPCA, staff and donors, and members of the public want assurance that these animals are safe,” continued White. “But as far as I can tell from reviewing the web site and the media, the OSPCA has made no such statement.”

Animal Alliance and Animal Alliance/Environment Voters sent letters to the municipalities, Aurora, Markham and Richmond Hill, who have OSPCA animal control contracts. “These three municipal governments are the only avenues of public oversight into the actions of the OSPCA and then only as it pertains to the animals from all three towns. Otherwise there is no mechanism to require the OSPCA to be held accountable for its actions," White continued. "There is no way to confirm the accuracy of the statements made by the OSPCA. The OSPCA does not provide euthanasia figures and reasons why the animals were killed, even though it is required to provide that information through its contracts with municipalities."

"There is a municipal election this fall. Councillors and residents of all three towns want to know what happened to their animals," continued White. "We have asked all three towns to cease sending animals to the OSPCA until this crisis has been resolved. We are requesting that all three councils hold public meetings to receive public input on the actions of the OSPCA, to address community concerns about the OSPCA’s handling of the situation and to force the OSPCA to publicly account for its actions. We want everyone to remember that the animals paid for this situation with their lives. No more should die."

Friday, 30 April 2010

On behalf of the animals, Thank You!!

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Just before "kitten season" begins, we just want to say a BIG THANKS to all our supporters, from everyone at Animal Alliance and Project Jessie. There are so many animals in need, and we wouldn't be able to help them without you. From volunteer drivers, to caring foster homes, to donations of pet food, and wonderful success stories -- thank you, thank you, thank you!

Recently, we've even been sponsored, by NuCelle Inc., an ethical, cruelty-free skin care company. Twenty percent of all retail sales will be donated to Project Jessie! Visit www.nucelle.com/AAC/ for more information.

With all the badness we encounter, we are continually reminded that there are caring and compassionate people out there. And for that, we are eternally grateful.

With gratitude,
Lia and the AAC crew

Monday, 5 April 2010

Hamilton Deer Need Your Voice

Deer in the City of Hamilton's Iroquoia Heights Conservation Area need our help. Like other municipalities fortunate enough to share urban space with wildlife, Hamilton is having difficulty solving human / wildlife conflicts. But, like other municipalities have learned, there are several progressive, humane methods that can be employed.

We first learned of Hamilton's situation through Paul Glendenning, who approached Liz after her presentation to Hamilton on their companion animal by-laws. Paul and other local activists took us on a tour through Iroquoia Heights, a big beautiful green space in the heart of the City. He had a great article in the Hamilton Spectator, which summarizes the issue perfectly. Click on the following link for Paul's article http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/739434

He recently e-mailed Liz:


The article at the link below was printed in today's paper. Though I will endeavor to respond, it would be appreciated if others would write something in support of the deer to back up the idea that there is more than just my 'opinion' involved. http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/744295
Sincerely,
Paul


Hamilton's mayor and council members need to be flooded with phone calls, e-mails and letters from people who oppose the killing of the deer.

Local animal and environmental protection groups are rallying to convince Council that humane methods can be used successfully.

We need to make sure that the City implements a non-lethal approach to the deer. Please copy, paste and print the letter below to send to the Mayor and Members of Council urging them to implement a non-lethal prevention programme for the deer in Iroquoia Heights and throughout the City of Hamilton.

THANK YOU all again, for being a voice for the animals.

Lia and the AAC crew

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Mayor Mayor Fred Eisenberger and Members of Council
Hamilton City Centre
77 James St. North
P.O.Box 2040, LCD1
Hamilton, ON L8R 2K3

Telephone: 905.546.4200
Fax: 905.546.2340
Email: mayorfred@hamilton.ca

Dear Mayor and Members of Hamilton City Council,

I am writing to ask you not to implement a cull of the deer in Iroquoia Heights Conservation Area. I urge you to implement an integrated human-deer conflict prevention and non-lethal intervention programme for the City of Hamilton. Please consider some of the following suggestions:

Comprehensive prevention and non-lethal intervention programme for Iroquoia Heights deer:

1. Stopping feeding the deer: Visitors to the area bring food for the deer. This encourages the congregation of larger numbers of deer than would occur if food was not provided. The City should educate residents and visitors why feeding deer at Iroquoia Heights may increase conflicts and result in a proposal to kill many of them.

2. Excluding the deer from conflict areas and from specific plants and bushes through fencing: Fencing provides a longer term solution to the impact of deer on landscaping, backyard gardens and bog plants.

3. Using repellents to make plants less palatable and less desirable to deer and deterrents to deter the deer: Repellents and deterrents are options to be used as part of an integrated non-lethal plan.

4. Planting less palatable landscape plants: City staff should consider using native plants that are rarely or seldom damaged when rehabilitating degraded areas of the conservation area. Residents whose yards back on or are close to the area should consider plants that are largely unattractive to deer.

Sincerely,

Signature _____________________________________________

Name _______________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________

Prov. and Postal Code ____________________________________

Saturday, 6 March 2010

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Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Great News!

The City of London, ON, will not be killing any deer in 2010!

After we presented alternatives to council last year on how to help the city's sensitive Sifton Bog, councillors still thought killing deer with bows and arrows was the only solution. A report for council by city ecologist Bonnie Bergsma notes that it is humans and the invasive buckthorn, not the deer, that threatens the health of the bog.

For the most recent article on the issue, visit http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2010/03/01/13064661.html

Thanks to everyone who spoke up on behalf of the deer!

If you have a moment, please send "Thanks!" to London's Mayor and Members of Council:

Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best and Members of Council
c/o City Hall
214- 300 Dufferin Avenue
London, Ontario N6B 1Z2

Mayor DeCicco-Best:
City Hall: 519 661-2500 Ext. 4920
City Hall Fax: 519 661-5308
adecicco@london.ca

Unfortunately, our work to protect deer is not over. Now the City of Hamilton's Conservation Authority is considering killing deer in the city's Iroquoia Heights Conservation Area. Much like London's Sifton Bog, Iroquoia Heights is a magnificent green space, surrounded by a highway on two sides and homes and major road on the other two sides. Not completely cut off from other green spaces, the deer in Iroquoia Heights are able to move in and out of the conservation area. The Conservation Authority is arguing the deer carry disease, are negatively impacting the Conservation area, are causing car accidents - all the same arguments as other pro-culling municipalities.

Please send a message to Hamilton's City Council - Council needs to consider humane, non-lethal alternatives and promote programs and policies that enourage tolerance of wildlife in the urban area.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger and Members of Council
Hamilton City Centre
77 James St. North
PO Box 2040, LCD 1
Hamilton, ON L8R 2K3

Mayor Eisenberger:
City Hall: 905-546-4200
City Hall Fax: 905-546-2340
mayorfred@hamilton.ca

With gratitude for your help,
Lia and the AAC crew

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy 2010!

It's a new beginning, and we're going to do all we can to make this a good year for the animals. This month alone Liz has five meetings on various issues. I'm crossing my fingers for good discussions at at least two!

One meeting is in Halifax on the grey seal issue...judging from the province's democratic process on the issue late last year, I'm not going to get my hopes up. The following link summarizes the issue quite well.

http://www.thecoast.ca/halifax/ndp-deliver-protected-wilderness-to-seal-hunters/Content?oid=1393142

On a happy note, Little Miss Muffet, the poodle I've been fostering for the past couple months (seen here with Shiloh) is going to her new home soon! Yay! She is, quite possibly, the BEST and sweetest dog I've ever met - and I've met A LOT of dogs. Someone called the office and said she found Muffet on the street. The poor thing is 8 - 12 years old, was never spayed, and had two mammary lumps, one about an inch wide. So we got her all fixed up and throughout the whole process, she was a little angel. She wore her Elizabethan collar with no problem and acted like nothing unual had happend. She didn't even bat an eye when we left her at the vet. I've been fostering animals for a couple years now but this little girl is going to be hard to let go. She's going to wonderful people, so I don't have to worry THAT much = )

Let's hope the rest of the year is filled with more happy endings!

Tail wags,
Lia and the AAC Crew