29 January, 2019

The Status of the Ontario Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA)

Steven Paikin of TVO held a very information discussion on the status of power of the OSPCA. This explains more about why Dr.  Mahavir Rekhi's case was dropped on 16 criminal counts of animal cruelty out of his Skyway Animal Hospital in St. Catharines, Ontario.

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.