I can't believe I'm actually linking to The Toronto Sun but they're doing a decent job on covering both sides of the story on this one.
OSPCA sparks more protest:
On the flip side, Sykes argues the mass euthanasia of 350 animals at the Ontario Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals’ Newmarket shelter would have saved 2,000 animals. This is the number of animals which would have be dropped off at the shelter and adopted over the next four months. Now that the shelter is closed to the public and is under lock-down, no animals can be dropped off and adopted out.On the flip side, Sykes argues the mass euthanasia of 350 animals at the Ontario Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals’ Newmarket shelter would have saved 2,000 animals. This is the number of animals which would have be dropped off at the shelter and adopted over the next four months. Now that the shelter is closed to the public and is under lock-down, no animals can be dropped off and adopted out.
Now I'm not sure what that 2000 number stands for. Is that the number of animals dropped off or the number of animals saved because they're two very different things. I think the save rate is about 50% so that would mean either 4000 animals would've been brought in and 2000 adopted or 2000 animals would've been brought in and 1000 adopted out.
Either way that's still a lot of dead animals.
As much as some people like to denigrate the No-kill movement, there's some very handy advice from those quarters when it comes to saving animals and the main one is that it takes a community to save lives. This has been borne true this past week with the community stepping forward to help take in the animals the OSPCA would have otherwise put down.
Let's hope some hard lessons (hard on the dead animals) were learned here about how important it is establish and keep networks into the community if shelters want to lower their kill rates.
I know the OSPCA say that they did a call out to vets earlier on asking for their help before the decision to cull all the animals in the facility was made - and they got no response - but the idea isn't to ask for help at the last minute when the situation is already desperate but to create those networks beforehand and keep them strong all year round so that they are there when needed.
OSPCA lays off workers:
After 102 animals were euthanized last week, the shelter was emptied of the last remaining animals Friday, forcing the charity to layoff staff Monday, Cross said.
“That’s because we have no animals for them to care for,” she said.
Around 15 animals are still on the property in temporary shelters outside the main building. Those pets arrived at the shelter after the ringworm outbreak.
Cross said rumours on social networking websites that the layoffs occurred so three dogs could be euthanized were false.
“We’re not planning on euthanizing any dogs,” she said.
And finally, here's a link to a thoughtful post on the blog GoLightly Facts + Fiction called Letter to John Tory re: OSPCA which calls on people to get off the anti-OSCPA bandwagon. If you follow the link and read the post and decide to comment, please be respectful.