Dear Animal Lovers, Animal Advocates, Animal Rescuers:

Unbelievable advocacy this week – from Marineland protesters, to renewed puppy mill activism… new committees and rescues springing up looking to work with shelters and pounds… advocates banding together over lost pets, dumped pets, ill pets, rescuers in need, mentoring newer rescuers – not to mention efforts made to support sea shepherd(s), innovations and walks for farm animals … absolutely everywhere, people are working to better the lives of animals. Well done everyone. Hold steady. Pick an issue, get involved and back it. You are not alone. Anyone wanting to join a committee or particular group, but don’t know where to start, contact C4P.


We heard from activists at all levels: people taking on their regressive local shelters and city councils, but also people battling the large national organizations – Nathan Winnograd – If the leadership at these organizations were to publicly acknowledge the success of No Kill, it would immediately create an expectation that they would champion it. That would require sincerity, dedication, and hard work. (…and…) worse. What’s really threatening is that they’d have to acknowledge that their friends and colleagues — the ones currently running shelters — are not meeting these standards. Or that they themselves failed to do so when they ran shelters. Nobody wants to admit that they’ve (needlessly) killed animals:


Max’s Dog Sanctuary for Abused, Disabled and Medically Challenged Dogs (Ed Note: check out their facebook page – they need help w/medical bills)

Phoenix is a two year old White-Capped Pionus Parrot (a mid sized breed most distinguishable by the red feathers on the underside of their short, square tails) who escaped from our St. Clair Ave. West and Winona Dr. home after following a family member out the door on the evening of July 22.  Her main colourings are green, blue and white.  She has a distinctive, hooked, yellow parrot beak. She is a tame bird with a preference for males, and in particular has bonded with her 11 year old owner who is devastated by her disappearance.  If comfortable, she may land on someone’s head or shoulder who fits his description (though this would be highly unlikely, note that it would be a sign of affection and not cause for concern and we would BEG you to walk calmly indoors with her and contact us). Phoenix was most recently spotted in the Alcina Ave and Bathurst St neighbourhood and attempts are being made to lure her to a safe place in that community.  Provided she has been able to avoid predatory birds, the warm summer weather and likelihood that she has been able to find food has meant there is a good chance she is still out there.  However, being a tropical bird, it is of utmost importance we get her back indoors as temperatures begin to drop. ANY information on her whereabouts including sightings, or ‘hearings’ (she has a very distinctive parrot screech) are greatly appreciated and can be directed to Joanna Jorgensen at (416) 651-0583 / (416) 951-3536joannajorgensen@hotmail.com.  A twitter account (it seemed appropriate) has been set up to keep interested parties apprised of our progress with the search @PhoenixFlyHome


Blessing of the Animals – Sat’dy Sept. 29th 11:00 AM Cathedral Church of St. James. King & Church (Toronto) 416.364.7865  www.stjamescathedral.on.ca (thanks Dianne Aldan for sending)

This is just a brief note to let you know about our annual Paws to Love fund raiser at Thistledown on September 23rd. This year’s event is in support of the New Uxbridge-Scugog Animal Shelter Building Fund. At 11:00 am there will be a spiritual Celebration of the Animals led by Raven. Raven is of First Nations heritage and, as she did during last year’s Celebration, will incorporate First Nations’ traditions and teachings into her message. The Celebration will honour those pets currently in our lives in addition to those we have lost in the past.  In addition to the Celebration there will also be presentations on pet-related topics by guest speakers. We have also arranged to have displays by over 30 pet rescues, community service organizations, and pet services and pet supplies businesses.  Admission to the event will be by donation to the New Uxbridge-Scugog Animal Shelter Building Fund. We hope you and you pet(s) will be able to attend. If you know any other pet owners who you believe might be interested in attending the event we would ask that you pass the attached information on to them. If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact: Colin & Nancy
Thistledown Pet Memorial  events@thistledown.info

2nd Annual Living with Wildlife Conference, Toronto. Sept 28.  Across Canada, municipalities are reporting an increase in the number of interactions between humans and wildlife. These interactions can present a public health and safety concern and conflicts can result in the death or suffering of wildlife. In particular, animals such as coyotes, beavers and raccoons are often perceived to be a nuisance or pest.  To address this problem, our 2nd Annual Living With Wildlife conference is happening on Friday, September 28 in Toronto, and will bring together experts in their field to discuss a wide variety of solutions of how we can co-exist with urban wildlife.  Who is this conference for? This conference is ideal for government officials including provincial, regional and municipal staff, as well as First Nations, farmers, wildlife rehabilitation groups, animal control, academics, activists and individual citizens who want to make a difference in their community by preserving their natural environment.  Space is limited. Register today!  http://www.furbearerdefenders.com/lww-2012   Lesley Fox Executive Director The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals  215-3989 Henning Dr. Burnaby, BC  V5C 6P8 Tel:  604-435-1850 Cell: 778-892-5369 www.furbearerdefenders.com  www.facebook.com/furfree
Annual Goldie PicNic – September 23, 2012, 11:00 AM

Marineland protestors are making a difference – despite some difficulties, the message is getting through and education is the order of the day:


Have you seen the one with the guy whose cat is angry over his recent medication? So guardian builds his cat Rufus a fort, to make him happierBrilliant.

Sheep thrills in Toronto (Ed note: HuffPo creates these headlines, btw, not I…)


Re: 8 cats:   three girls are being fixed on sat an then one lady is going to take them, the other two are going to ths an the last girl rescue is taking her. all saved. thanks for all your help. cara
For every last one of them, m.