Dear animal lover,
Here's our September newsletter, highlighting the latest news on animal rescues and animal welfare across Quebec and Ontario (click the bolded words to read the full stories). Also, we will be at the Beaconsfield Pet Fair again this year, so if you can, come join us in all the fun! If you have any news or upcoming events you'd like us to share next month, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article of the Month
First Party 4 Paws: Pet Fair & Adoption Day in Toronto was a success
By: Melanie Dziengo
(September 4, 2019)
Pets and their owners gathered together at Trinity Bellwoods Park’s dog bowl to celebrate Party 4 Paws: Pet Fair & Adoption Day on Saturday, August 3. Attendees were able to spend part of their long weekends hanging out with their pups, learning more about pet adoption, finding a new friend who was looking for their forever home, and sharing the spotlight with Instagram celebrity dogs.
The day was sunny and bright, bringing the best of a Toronto summer to Party 4 Paws. Dogs were treated to a ball pit, ice cream, and meeting new friends. Their owners, on the other hand, shopped for new pet supplies, found a new rescue to support, or treated themselves to some vegan food.
We would like to thank everyone who came out to make our first year of Party 4 Paws: Pet Fair & Adoption Day in Toronto a success. Firstly, to the attendees: Without you, the event wouldn’t have been possible. Your support means the world to us, and to the animals you have helped in their search for their forever families. To the rescues and businesses who participated, thank you very much. We hope you found success in placing animals for adoption, or promoting your businesses. And, finally, thank you to all the media who covered the event, from YesTV, Zoomer Radio, Classical 96.3 FM, snapd Toronto, Newstalk 1010, and CHHA 1610 AM. You helped make Party 4 Paws even better than we could have imagined.
Lastly, if you missed out on the event, you can check out all the fun here, courtesy of Living Local on YesTV.
A Quebec judge rejected an application submitted by Montreal pet store owners and retailers to suspend a Montreal city by-law allowing only the sale of animals from shelters or veterinary clinics.
A brewery, called The Second Wedge Brewing Company, in Uxbridge, ON is no longer allowed to have their patrons bring their pets on the brewery’s premises. They say a health inspector put a stop to the policy after they noticed a dog on site. A similar fight is happening in Nova Scotia after two microbreweries there were also told they were not allowed to have their dogs on the premises.
A cat named Fuzz, who is originally from Selkrik, ON, was found 70 km from its home in Hamilton. But, this isn’t the first time he hit the streets, and survived. His adventures have resulted in losing his nose, falling face first out of a tree, and surviving a fire.
Volunteers who manage feral cat colonies in Mississauga say that the city has allegedly failed to help with the feral cat population. One critic says the situation is “becoming an epidemic.”
A 14-foot python (whose bite could be harmful) was found on the front lawn of a business in Thorold, ON, and is now being cared for by the Lincoln County Humane Society.
After the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals stopped handling animal cruelty enforcement at the end of June, the Kingston Humane Society hired an interim animal welfare enforcement agent. This agent will reduce reliance on law enforcement to investigate animal cruelty cases, responding to animal wefare concerns in the area.
A growing number of Canadians are putting their pets into estate plans, ensuring their pets are cared for if something happens to the pet’s owner. Doing this prevents the animal from going into a shelter, while also helping with the costs of adopting the pet. While Canadians can ask someone to accept a verbal or written agreement about caring for their pet, going through a lawyer is more formal, and will allow for an exchange of money to occur.
Community Veterinary Outreach, offered pro-bono health services to pets and their owners in Winnipeg in August. Services included spaying and neutering pets, and flu vaccines and dental care for humans.
A study has found that Canadians are being affected by the financial costs of owning a cat or dog, and how it plays into bigger life decisions such as buying a house or a car.
A Windsor, ON animal rescue group called Pet Patrol wants to see a city by-law to make leaving an animal in a hot car a fineable offence. The group itself has gone around the city, looking for animals left in cars while owners are running errands. They found over 680 dogs left in cars over four summers.
Toronto Police are warning residents who live in Toronto’s east end about a potentially harmful substance that was left in a park, harming several dogs. It is still unclear how the dogs got to the poison, or if someone is intentionally leaving it behind.
Events of the Month
Beaconsfield, Que. - September 7, 2019 - The Beaconsfield Pet Fair is being held at Centennial Park. There will be a parade of adoptees, a photo opportunity with mascots, and vegan food.
Newmarket, ON - September 7-8, 2019 - A dog festival called Newbarket is being held at Lions Park in Newmarket. There will be swimming for dogs, a lure course, a kids zone, and a chance for you to do some shopping.
Toronto, ON - September 7, 2019 - HelpAWS is hosting its third annual reunion at Cherry Beach’s off-leash dog park. They will be selling swag and HelpAWS bandanas, and there will be cake for animals and treats for humans.
Hamilton, ON - September 8, 2019 - The Hamilton/Burlington SPCA is hosting an event called Wiggle Waggle Walk at Bayfront Park. Attendees can take a 5 km stroll along the Waterfront Trail, shop, and support animals in the community.
Pointe-Claire, Que. - September 9, 2019 - Animatch is hosting a dog swim event at Viking Pool. The event has a $5 minimum cost, with all proceeds going towards Animatch.
Mississauga, ON - September 14-15, 2019 - The Fall Canadian Pet Expo and Canadian Reptile Breeder’s Expo will be held at the International Centre. There will be over 290 vendor booths, all about pets. And, yes, pets are welcome!
Toronto, ON - September 14-15, 2019 - Free Korean Dogs is hosting an adoption event at PetSmart in Etobicoke from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you’re interested, fill out an application form for the dog you wish to adopt.
Hampstead, Que. - September 15, 2019 - The Town of Hampstead is hosting an event called Harvest Day, Pet Fair & Art in the Park at Hampstead Park. The pet fair will feature exhibits, pet contests, and animal adoption agencies will be there.
Toronto, ON - September 21, 2019 - The Etobicoke Humane Society is hosting Leashes by the Lake, a pet fest and walk-a-thon at Amos Waites Park. You can sign up to be park of the walk-a-thon, or fundraise for it. There will also be prizes, auction items, and raffle prizes to win.
Toronto, ON - September 22, 2019 - Rabbit Rescue Inc. is hosting BunFest, an expo and fundraising event. Admission is $10, with all profits going towards Rabbit Rescue Inc. There will be the Rabbit Rescue store, where you can buy merchandise for you or your rabbit, a silent auction, and more.
Toronto, ON - September 27-29, 2019 - Redemption Paws is hosting their 2nd anniversary celebration at Super Wonder Gallery.
Pets of the Month