The Toronto Humane Society has recently been importing dogs from other jurisdictions for adoption in Toronto (looks like they're learning a few lessons from TAS) and they've been blowing their horn about it which is great if it results in more animals being saved.
Their most recent northern batch is a group of puppies from Cobalt. Here's the ad:
So, they've been health checked, vaccinated, micro chipped. But something's missing and you probably already know what that is. These dogs are being adopted out without having been spayed or neutered. Once more, the THS is adopting out potential breeders.
So, I give the THS a call. The woman who answers the phone is very friendly. I ask about the puppies and how they're doing and about their health and breeding and their vaccinations and the micro-chipping and then I ask about the spaying and neutering. She tells me it's my responsibility to get it done at which point I've got about a dozen more questions like what if I don't want to get my pup speutered, or what if I change my mind after I adopt, or what if I say I'll get them done but really have no intention of doing so, or what if I give the pup away before I get it speutered ... and on and on ... except that at that point I'm told there's an emergency call on the other line and I'm put on hold. I wait a few minutes and the woman comes back on and asks me if I want to keep holding but I tell her thanks, I've got the info I need.
I can't help but think it can't be just penny pinching but that THS management might actually be against spaying and neutering on a philosophical level. If you look on their website, at almost any given time, there are several unspeutered dogs up for adoption. Why? If there's a good reason to not speuter or delay speutering in a particular case, then what is it?
One of the core principles behind reducing the number of abandoned animals is to spay and neuter thereby guaranteeing that more of them aren't produced in the first place. Why is it that Toronto's largest multi-million dollar a year animal welfare agency continues to set such a poor example of that?