THS Takes the First Major Step in Renewing its Wildlife License

TORONTO, April 19 /CNW/ - The Toronto Humane Society (THS) has taken the first necessary step in securing a new wildlife license, a permit that was violated under former Volunteer President Tim Trow's management between 2007 and 2009.

Eager to restore this vital component of the shelter as well as continue building partnerships under its all-new management and Board of Directors, the THS is pleased to report it is now eligible to re-apply to the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) for a wildlife license in January 2012.

As a result of a new protocol between the current THS administration and MNR, the shelter's veterinarians are at this time permitted to take custody of injured wild animals to stabilize them and transfer them to a wildlife rehabilitator, such as our partner organization Toronto Wildlife Centre.

"We look forward to working with the MNR as we have with the College of Veterinarians of Ontario in building a best in class facility that exemplifies expert veterinary care, sanitation and disease control, with animal welfare, as always, at the forefront of our mission," says THS President Michael Downey.

This follows a court appearance in which the THS pleaded guilty to four counts of violating its Wildlife Custodian Authorization during Trow's tenure between 2007 and 2009.

The case, brought before the Ontario Court of Justice last week, is now closed and no financial penalty was imposed. This is good news for donors and other THS stakeholders who can rest assure that the organization's funds will continue to be spent where needed: on the animals, not continued legal fees.

By pleading guilty, the THS accepted that the previous administration:

  • Released some of the raccoons that had been in its care more than one kilometre of the original capture location
  • Did not provide adequate separate housing for the isolation of infectious wildlife or take appropriate quarantine measures to prevent the spread of  disease
  • Did not notify the Area Supervisor of the Ministry of Natural Resources within 24 hours when in receipt of an animal on the Species at Risk in Ontario (SARO) list
  • Did not keep an up-to-date log book of all wildlife in the facility as required

The THS Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre was shut down two years ago by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). This department was dedicated to rehabilitating sick and injured wild animals.

About THS:
There have been many positive changes over the past year at the THS under the new management and Board; animal adoptions rates have increased and the animals staying in the shelter are at THS for shorter periods of time. The new enrichment programs, communal rooms, larger cages and runs are significantly enhancing the health and welfare of THS animals during their stay. THS has passed four spontaneous inspections by the College of Veterinarians of Ontario in the last 10 months.

SOURCE Toronto Humane Society

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For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Ann-Marie Colacino
Communications Manager
Toronto Humane Society
Phone: 416.392.2273 ext. 2149
                Darlene Frampton
Communications Specialist
Toronto Humane Society
416-392-2273 Ext. 2254


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