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April 2019


Dear animal lover,



Here's our April newsletter, highlighting the latest news on animal rescues and animal welfare across Quebec and Ontario (click the bolded words to read the full stories). If you have any news or upcoming events you'd like us to share next month, send us an email at


Thank you,
Melanie Dziengo 

Important reminder: Easter is fast approaching. While we all love bunnies and rabbits, please consider not gifting a living creature for the holiday. They are a long-term commitment, and require a significant amount of care.

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Click here to read our tips and advice for keeping your pets safe from pet theft. 


















The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) told the Government of Ontario that it will stop investigating and enforcing animal cruelty laws, and instead move into a support role in investigations. Furthermore, the OSPCA said on Friday, March 28 that they will only enforce animal cruelty laws for three more months, and stop investigations into livestock and horse cruelty cases.

A dog was found dead in a snowbank at a Montreal park.











The City of Toronto announced that there are some pet-friendly places at warming centres throughout Toronto.

The Toronto-based charity, Redemption Paws, went down to Texas to pick up 20 (mostly larger) dogs at the last minute due to a Texas group planning to euthanize the dogs.









































YouthLink, a youth services organization in Toronto, is opening a shelter for youth and their pets, the first of its kind in Ontario.

A Nova Scotia animal rescue is at the centre of some controversy for allegedly stealing cats and rehoming them — without their owners’ knowledge or consent.



Ontario dog owners are being warned about a bacterial infection, called brucellosis, that is going around. The infection can be passed from dogs to humans, but vets say the average dog owner does not have much to worry about.  

A Montreal lawyer was in court last month to challenge an order to euthanize a pit bill-like dog that attacked six people. But, the provincial court has rejected the lawyer’s attempt to save dog from being euthanized.  

The City of Hamilton says changes to the OSPCA’s responsibilities will have an impact on their resources.

According to a poll, Ontarians support the police enforcing animal cruelty laws.  


Over 100 cats in Toronto are looking for their permanent homes after they were removed from one house last month.

 Canada’s Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act hasn’t made it to its First Reading in the House of Commons yet. Sign the petition to make this bill law before Parliament breaks for the summer.


Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport was awarded an honorary plaque from the Humane Society International/Canada for its Pet Squad initiative, highlighting the benefits of pets.

As the weather changes, seasonal allergies become more prevalent, but they may not only affect you — your cats and dogs can suffer too.





An Ontario veterinarian and vet technician, who run Heart With Wings, are celebrating their one-year anniversary of offering mobile vet services for senior pets, including in-home euthanasia.

A dog, who has two legs and was rescued from Iran, is getting used to her new, crowdfunded prosthetic legs. She also prompted others to share their pictures of dogs with prosthetics.

Events of the Month

Dundas, ON - April 11, 2019 - Ladybird Animal Sanctuary is holding a fundraising soiree, celebrating 1,000 animal rescues. There will be a live music, complimentary local wine, beer, vegan food, and a silent auction.


Dollard-Des Ormeaux, Que.-  April 12, 2019 - Animatch is holding an event called Pasta For Pups. It is an auction and dinner, with the event helping Animatch’s dogs.


Toronto, ON - April 13, 2019 - Barkworks 2019 is a chance for families and their dogs to enjoy an Easter egg hunt, live entertainment, activities, and a pet-friendly vendor market. Proceeds from the event will go to the Toronto Humane Society.  

London, ON - April 14, 2019 - Animalert is holding a dog adoption event at Eastwood Petvalu

  Montreal, Que. - April 14-15, 2019 - The National Animal Welfare Conference is for anyone who works with, cares for, or advocates for animals. It is an opportunity for professional development and community building.

Nationwide - April 14-20, 2019 - National Pet ID Week. You can read the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s statement from last year to learn more about which types of identification are acceptable here.

Guelph/Kitchener/London/Oakville/Toronto/St. Catharines/Windsor, ON - April 19, 2019 - National Service Dogs is holding an event called Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs. Plastic eggs with dog treats and a sticker are hidden throughout a park that your dog can find. All money raised will go to the organization’s Certified Service Dog program.

Mississauga, ON - April 19-21, 2019 - The Canadian Pet Expo is about promoting responsible pet ownership, and bringing pets, families, and pet lovers together.

Toronto, ON - April 27, 2019 - Coveted Canines Rescue is holding an adoption event at Beaches PetValu. You can meet their dogs and learn more about how to get involved in their rescue.

Toronto, ON - April 28 2019 - Coveted Canines Rescue is holding an adoption event at Leaside PetValu. You can meet their dogs and learn more about how to get involved in their rescue.

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