29 November, 2018

Keeping Your Dog Safe

Your dog looks to you to keep him safe and give him confidence. This is a great blog by Susan Garrett.

01 June, 2017

Dr. Mahavir Rekhi of Skyway Animal Hospital

 Charges dropped.

Criminal proceedings against Dr. Mahavir Rekhi have been deferred until the end of this summer. His legal team needs time of study more than 1,000 pages of evidence against him. Deferred 

16 charges have been laid again Dr. Reiki by the OSPCA. He will appear in court on July 14, 2017. Charges Laid

18 January, 2017

A Dog's Purpose

If you were thinking of going to see this movie, you may want to think, again, after watching this video of behind the scenes: http://www.tmz.com/2017/01/18/a-dogs-purpose-german-shepherd-abuse-video/

No animal should ever be forced to do anything. It is imperative that one creates trust and respect between animal and human.

Please contact them to let them know how you feel. Note that is no 'trainer' they have on set. Contact them here: Contact Universal Studios.
Make sure to sign the petition and share far and wide:

14 September, 2016

Really? A ten-month suspension for Dr. Mahavir Singh Rekhi?

 UPDATE: Dr. Mahavir Sing Rekhi, Skyway Animal Hospital in St. Catharines, Ontario, is back practising after only a 5-month suspension.

Check out this story on Dr. Mahavir Singh Rekhi.

Sign the petition to have his licence revoked.

If you have concerns about the 10-month suspension of c, please write the CVA and let them know your thoughts. We pay good money to our vets for what is supposed to be top notch care and the CVA hands out a 10-month suspension to an animal abuser.

He should never be allowed to go near another animal in his life. If he does, it needs to be posted that the Canadian Veterinary Asssociation gave Dr. Mahavir Singh Rekhi a 10-month suspension for abusing, including punching and choking, his patients.

Let the CVO know a 10-month suspension is not acceptable and that his licence must be revoked.

You might also consider watching Barking Mad.

I had this response to my letter:

Hello, Donna,

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association was deeply disturbed with the video footage that we saw from the Skyway Animal Hospital in Ontario. We share the sentiment that rings true for all provincial veterinary associations, that the handling of animals shown in the video footage is in no way a reflection of what takes place in the broader veterinary profession.

In Canada, licensing for veterinary medicine is the responsibility of the provincial regulatory body. The provincial veterinary authority in Ontario is the College of Veterinarians of Ontario and we are aware that their Discipline Committee has taken action in this case as was reported (temporary suspended license with specific requirements for retraining).

Any comments or concerns regarding the decision reached by CVO in this matter should be directed to the college:

College of Veterinarians of Ontario
2106 Gordon Street Guelph, Ontario N1L 1G6
Tel. (519) 824-5600 / 1 (800) 424-2856
Fax (519) 824-6497 1 (888) 662-9479



26 June, 2016


*Adopted* He has heifers, a bull, a steer, 100 chickens, two rabbits and seven cats. He has become the guardian of these livestock along with Bobby who was also adopted from us many years ago. Riley will be taking over from Daisy, who was adopted with Bobby, as she is working towards retirement. He has turned out to be a natural fit in his role as guardian. We are so happy for this boy!

We had a visitor arrive. He overnighted here before he continued on his journey to southern Ontario.

First, I want to send out, as always, a heartfelt thank you to Daniel for bringing him in. And, to Chrystal and Craig for doing the final two legs.

What an absolute joy Riley has been. His people obviously did a lot of work with him. He has no reaction to cars, people or kids walking or biking past him. We've seen a couple of smaller dogs. He's only wanted to say hello, so far. Apparently, he did react to a larger breed dog so time will tell.

As is typical of the first night with a dog coming into care, he barked at a few noises and he couldn't settle. However, when I awoke, he was sound asleep in the closet. He was one tired boy. This agitation dissipates as the dog becomes accustomed to his new surroundings and his people over the weeks. Remember, these dogs' lives have been turned upside down.

As one always has to do with a new dog coming in, I have kept him attached to me the whole time. He has not yet been neutered and will lift his leg as he desires. There have been no issues on that front. You also know nothing about the new dog, and they know nothing about you. You don't know each others' reaction to anything. It takes time to gain a mutual trust and respect so keeping the leash means safety for both you and the dog.

I've brushed him, done his nails and trimmed his paws a bit.

As an unneutered male (soon to be neutered), Ziti respects him from a distance. She is not ready to have him close to her but she hasn't put up any fuss. Sadly, he will be moving onto the rest of his journey to foster so they will not have the opportunity to play together. Max wants nothing to do with him, as is typical. He does not like to share Ziti.

He's a gangly year-old and will fill in nicely as he matures. I think he would be about 85 pounds at the moment.

17 April, 2016

5 years for the ban to take affect.

PET STORE BYLAW - April 13, 2016

Today, Ottawa City Council voted 21 to 3 to amend Bylaw 2011-241 with respect to restricting the sale of cats and dogs sold for profit in Ottawa pet stores and retail outlets.

A five year transition period to an adoption-only model for Ottawa pet stores will take effect.
As well, a 48 hour cooling off period on purchases will take effect. This is to protect both consumers and animals in the case of consumers who buy on impulse and then experience buyers remorse.
In addition, pet stores will be required to provide, at the time of purchase, all breeder information to customers who purchase a dog or a cat.

We commend the 21 Councillors and Mayor for their support of this amendment and thank them for their efforts. We would like to particularly commend Councillors Leiper, McKenney, Brockington and Fleury for their passionate advocacy on this issue at Council today.

Rideau-Goulbourn Ward Councillor Scott Moffatt opposed all motions, proving that he is not concerned about the welfare and protection of animals.

There is still much work to be done and we encourage everyone to continue using their voice to promote education and awareness for all the animals that continue to suffer in mills at the hands of human cruelty.

We also encourage the last three (3) pet stores who continue to sell cats and dogs for profit to embrace a more ethical and responsible business model before the five year transition period expires, and to join the 51 Ottawa pet stores who already enjoy success with a better business model.

31 March, 2016

One More Push

The March 21st meeting at City Hall was impressive. The room was overflowing into the corridors. Supporters from Quebec and Cambridge came, too.

Please email councillors with your say on their recommendations. Councillors vote on April 13th at City Hall. Your attendance is welcome to show your support.
Here is a sample letter:

I urge councillors to take into consideration the following measures:
  1. Reinstate rabbits in the by-law – they are also sourced from anonymous irresponsible backgrounds;
  2. Reduce the transition time to two (2) years but preferably to a few months, instead of five (5) years.
  3. The transition period for the following Canadian cities was: 
    • Toronto   12 months
    • Kingston   3 months
    • Mississauga   6 months
    • Waterloo   4 months
    • The city-wide smoking ban was implemented in fewer than four (4) months. It impacted many more businesses, and they transitioned successfully.
    • Over 4,000 people in favour of the ban, including myself, do not shop at those three (3) pet stores because they sell dogs, cats and rabbits.
  4. Follow the adoption model presently in place for the other over 50 pet stores.
In the meantime, during the transitioning phase, consider these measures:
  1. Ensure that pet stores publicly display the name and location of all providers of animals. Any ethical/reputable breeder is proud to show you their animals, where they live, and educate you on their care and if that breed is suitable for your family.
    • The three (3) pet shops claim all of their breeders are licensed and reputable, but they refuse to provide verifiable evidence to consumers.
    • Consumers have to be confident that they are *not* purchasing a pet sourced from a puppy, kitten or rabbit mill, and there is no evidence to prove this at present. Again, no reputable ethical breeder will ever sell to pet stores.
  2. Introduce a mandatory cooling off period for all potential consumers so they take home a pet ONLY after a 48-hour period after signing a contract of purchase which will be refundable should a consumer reconsider their decision after the 48-hours.
    • This will address the impulse buying of these sentient beings, and, help prevent unwanted animals at the shelters and rescues and from being dumped.
  3. Publicly display by-law and regulatory services information, in the event of public complaints.
Please take into the account the welfare of these animals. You've heard the stories from professionals, including a veterinarian, people who have worked in pet stores, volunteers with rescues and shelters, and recipients of pet store animals.

Over 93% of Ottawa residents support an immediate outright ban during the public consultations. Please, listen to our voices.