ART calls on concerned public to run for new board of the Toronto Humane

TORONTO, April 15 /CNW/ - The Association for the Reform of the Toronto Humane Society wants you... to run for the board of The Toronto Humane Society.

For more than two years ART has been exploring legal channels and petitioning governmental organizations to bring about significant change at The Toronto Humane Society, and now that the courts have ordered the current board to step down and make way for newly elected leadership, the time has come for concerned Torontonians to step forward and help make the THS the best shelter it can be.

"We know there are leaders out there with diversified skills and expertise who are also dedicated animal lovers," explains ART co-founder Linda MacKinnon. "Now is the time for them to help rebuild the THS as a low-kill, animal-centred shelter worthy of national pride. The sort of place it once was and will be again."

ART's mandate has been to bring about change at the THS. It is an independent organization comprised of THS members and current and former THS staffers and volunteers, and is supported by literally hundreds of people who have first-hand experience of the decline of the THS under its current board and who desperately want to see the shelter restored to a place where animals are valued, rescued, properly treated and adopted to new and loving homes.

In the summer of 2009 the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals began to investigate the THS. That investigation culminated in criminal animal cruelty charges against THS president Tim Trow, senior veterinarian Dr. Steve Sheridan and three other senior staff members. It also led to provincial animal cruelty charges being laid against the entire current board, including acting president Bob Hambley. Those allegations are still before the courts.

"ART has succeeded in its original aim," explains MacKinnon. "The time for true change at the board level is here. We need the best possible people to step forward and run for the board."

"We need a new and compassionate THS that is professionally governed by an experience board - a board that will hire the most-qualified managers to run the operation on a day to day basis," says MacKinnon. "In short it's time to return the THS to its compassionate, caring, professional roots."


For further information: For further information: Linda MacKinnon, Co-Founder, ART, Phone (416) 596-1950, e-mail

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