Many years ago, soon after I moved to Toronto, I visited the Toronto Humane Society. I told them that I recently graduated as a vet, and management took me on a personal tour of the facilities, which had impressed me greatly at the time. Granted, there were exponentially less cats there at that time than today, but the wards were spotless, the dogs appeared clean and friendly, their runs were well-kept, and the cats lazily purred away while their owners-to-be agonized over which ones to choose. Upon questioning the manager about the THS's long and altruistic history, she reached for her bookcase and provided me with a copy of the THS Calendar, published in 1887, explaining and beautifully illustrating the Society's raison d'être.
Now we read in the Globe and Mail about the Globe's investigation into allegations that the THS has been ignoring the pleas of employees and volunteers to provide them with the necessary means to prevent suffering of their animals.
There appears to be compelling evidence thus far, even after reading just two articles on the subject. Witnesses seem to be coming out of the woodwork to expose their rather shocking personal experiences, while citations from THS management reminded me of the wind gushing from the mouths of yet unelected politicians (or managers who don't know what the ---- is going on in their businesses or institutions). I would have lent far less credence to the nauseatingly lefty writings of the Toronto Star (see last week's coverage regarding dog getting shot by cop - of course let's blame the man) - glad to be reading about this in the Globe.
Whatever occurs, the reputation of the THS must be restored so that its modus operandi not be eschewed for petty politics. Its mandate: to help alleviate the pain and suffering of (people and) animals.
Detail from an image in a previous post, from the Calendar of the Toronto Humane Society, 1887.
Update: OSPCA executes search warrants at Toronto Humane Society. Read here.