SPCA Newsletter - Spring 2006 version 5 by forrests

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Sometimes it seems that everything just falls into place. After a discouraging surge in the number of animals turned into the shelter and those that had to be euthanized due to overcrowding, a corner has been turned and good things are starting to happen for the CB SPCA and the human and animal community that we serve. What started out as a bleak year because of these increases has become a year of hope and change. We’re working with the CBRM on an assistance program to provide low-income residents with subsidized vaccines and spay/neuters for their cats. The SPCA is so excited about this potential initiative because we have learned over the past few years that the only way to reduce the influx of homeless and abandoned animals to our shelter, is to have more animals spayed and neutered. We know that an ongoing program will eventually yield lower numbers of homeless cats in our community and decrease the number of cats and kittens that have to be euthanized at our shelter due to overcrowding. We dream of the day when we can proudly call ourselves a “low-kill” shelter—one in which only the sickest and least adoptable will have to be euthanized. This is a goal that we believe we can achieve with a long-term spay-neuter program. You may also have seen the posters, flyers, television public service announcements, and stories in the Cape Breton Post and Chronicle Herald, as well heard the radio announcements regarding our Annual Spay - Neuter Awareness Week. The CBRM generously sent out spay-neuter flyers to 33,000 residents and declared the week of February 26th - March 4th to be Spay-Neuter Awareness Week. We have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have commented on the publicity and educational opportunities generated during this promotional event. We are also proud to report that we were able to spay four animals through the use of money from the SPCA Education Fund and we continue to accept donations for our spay-neuter fund, so that we can eventually provide more spay-neuter opportunities for the dogs of low-income residents. For everyone who applied for spay-neuter assistance and those of you who donated funds to the spay-neuter fund, thank you so much. We hope that you will continue to work alongside the SPCA to make our community a safer and kinder place for animals. One way that you can get involved is to become a member of the CBSPCA. The membership prices are at the back of this newsletter and it’s the perfect time to join or renew your membership as our Annual General Meeting is being held at the CBSPCA on April 4th at 7:30 pm. Please, come out and find out more about the great year that we’ve had and the amazing opportunities in the works for the shelter and our community. We hope to see you all on April 4th and as always, we look forward to your comments and contributions to the newsletter. Best wishes, Stephen and Tracey Harris, S.P.C.A. Volunteers and Newsletter Editors






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The Cape Breton S.P.C.A. Newsletter is published four times per year. We welcome your feedback and contributions. Please contact Stephen and Tracey Harris: stephenandtracey@hotmail.com Mail: Cape Breton SPCA P.O. Box 762 Sydney, Nova Scotia, B1P 6J1 Fax: 902-539-7724


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SPAY DAY 2 006
By Diane Lewis-Chair-Education Committee

The media really has to be congratulated for assisting the Education Committee disseminate the spay/neuter message this year. Essentially, no media coverage—no campaign. Over the past 2 ½ years, my duties as a new visual art teacher at Memorial Composite High have taken me away from some of my animal welfare involvement. The Doris Day Animal League – Spay Day USA in February was always a central program in the Education Committee’s agenda. As a result of no campaigns for the past few years the number of pets entering the Cape Breton SPCA animal shelter started to increase. The number of cats and kittens euthanized due to overcrowding was becoming the worst component of this problem. I was asked to get involved in another Spay Day. I knew what had worked before; it was just a matter of making a plan and ironing out details. Over many helpings of garlic mashed potatoes - Tracey Smith-Harris and I developed a public relations strategy to promote the idea of preventing pet overpopulation. We were not trying to raise money, although we would have gladly accepted it for the cause. We were trying to raise awareness. We developed fact sheets and looked at how we could incorporate successful strategies from the past. We were not trying to reinvent the wheel — we knew what worked.

Basically here is what happened:
• • CTV re-released a PSA by Bette MacDonald and Maynard Morrison on spay/neuter awareness. They gave us 115 time slots in 2 weeks. Diane Lewis did two readings at the McConnell Library children’s story time. She told stories of her own pets as well as read two children’s books about animals. The puppy she brought for a visit got adopted by the parents of one of the children from story time. Diane Lewis did a special CBC-Information Morning Party Line about Spay/Neuter Awareness Week. CBRM Council passed a resolution declaring the week of February 26,2006 to March 4,2006-Spay/Neuter Awareness Week. The motion was read by Councilor Tom Wilson and received unanimous approval. Diane had adapted a suggested Doris Day Animal League resolution to fit the local community. Tracey Smith Harris wrote 2 flyers that were distributed around the community. She also wrote an insert for the newspaper that was funded by the CBRM. Bette MacDonald was the spokesperson for the week. She worked with Sharon Montgomery to produce a wonderful Cape Breton Post article. Bette MacDonald also taped 3 public service announcements for K-94 radio. The Shelter planned on spaying 1 cat and 1 dog as a symbolic gesture. Since the committee was able to get the publicity for free and with the assistance of Dr. Dave Rozee, we will be able to spay/neuter 4 animals. Since our education campaign, the CBRM and CBSPCA have continued working on a low income spay/neuter program for cats. Although we will be able to make a lot of headway with the issue, it is important we continue to monitor the situation. We need to continue to involve as many people as possible in finding humane solutions to our animal welfare problems.

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The SPCA Annual General Meeting will be held in the boardroom of the SPCA on Tuesday, April 4th at 7:30pm. All members and new members are welcome. Membership costs are: $10 for an adult; $5 for seniors; $5 for junior members; and $100 for a life membership. The fees help run the shelter. If you already are a member, please consider renewing your membership and joining us at the upcoming AGM. If you have not been a member previously, please consider joining this year. A large, involved membership base helps our organization stay strong and provides us with the necessary revenue to continue with our school outreach, senior outreach, developing a spay-neuter assistance program and continuing to purchase Kuranda dog beds to help make our dogs more comfortable during their stay at the shelter. We look forward to seeing you at the AGM.

Paw Prints is also available on-line at the Cape Breton SPCA website at: www.capebretonspca.com The on-line version of the newsletter is in color and the pictures are more clearly visible, so please check it out or email it to a friend.

From the National Humane Education Society. For more information go to www.nhes.org. • Each hour, every day, thousands of dogs and cats are born in Canada and the United States. Most of these animals are unwanted and many end up in shelters. You can save a life by adopting a cat or a dog from the SPCA. • When you adopt an older dog or cat from the shelter, you already know how big the animal is, what his or her temperament is, how active he or she is and if he or she has been trained. • Instant companion! When you adopt from a shelter, you immediately have a devoted friend for life. • • You will be an example to others, and they may become inspired to visit the shelter. There are puppies and kittens at the shelter as well as older animals. Whatever age you are looking for, you can find him or her at the shelter. • • Purebreds can also be found at the shelter. If you have your heart set on a certain breed, try checking with the shelter. The shelter provides initial shots, deworming, and a coupon for spaying/neutering before the animal goes home with you. Spaying/neutering helps to end the tremendous pet overpopulation problem, is healthier for your animal and saves time and money. • Unconditional Love! Your new pet will love you regardless of all other outside factors. Where else can you find that kind of devotion? "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." ~ Roger Caras


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The CBSPCA is always thrilled to receive updates from those of you who have adopted an animal from the shelter. We recently received a wonderful update from Melody Dauphney, about a puppy that she recently adopted from the shelter. I think you’ll agree, this is a very happy ending for this little pup and his new canine and human family. Melody writes:

Best Friends, Molly and Brooks
Just wanted to drop a note to say how much we are enjoying our new puppy, Brooks. He is a male pitbull mix we adopted in mid December. He has adjusted well to living with us and our other dog. I’m attaching a couple of pics of the two of them. Molly is a 3 1/2 year old purebred pitbull and we thought she needed a playmate. Brooks has become the perfect one. [As of January 18th, Brooks] was now 3 1/2 months old and growing like a weed. They both have wonderful temperaments. I know a lot of people tend to shy away from their breeds and it probably wouldn’t have been my first choice but our daughter brought Molly home when she was 12 weeks old and we fell in love with her. Our daughter has since moved on but we won’t be letting Molly leave here anytime soon. That’s why I didn’t hesitate to adopt Brooks at all. Breed doesn’t matter it’s how they are treated, trained, and loved that makes the difference.

Thanks for all the good work you do. Melody Dauphney

Did you know that it’s even easier to donate your HBC reward points to the Cape Breton SPCA? Simply go on-line to www.hbc.com and go to “HBC Rewards”, click on “Donate to Charity/Community.” From there you can choose the “HBC Rewards Community Progam”, “Donate to a Community Group” and then specify the Cape Breton SPCA when you enter “Search for a Community to Make a Donation.”


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The CB Branch SPCA Auxiliary has started a new venture. Since it was becoming more difficult to raise funds by our usual methods, it was decided to open a second-hand store. We started discussion on the project in July, 2005 and by October, had obtained premises at 744 Victoria Rd., Sydney, which was renovated and donated to us by Board Member Danny Ellis. By November we had gotten some clothing racks and display cases and started moving in the many items which had been donated to us over the summer. Paws Mart was born. Our official opening was held Dec. 5 and was well attended by supporters and local politicians. It was declared open by Councilor Jim MacLeod. The premises were blessed by Bishop Waterman and the next day we opened for business in a store crammed full of furniture, clothing, ornaments, kitchenware, etc. Auxiliary members are the unpaid sales staff, ably assisted by the many volunteers who have demonstrated their support for animal welfare by donating a few hours each week to help out. During the winter we are open Tues. to Sat., from 11 am to 3.30 pm, closing early on Saturday but in the Spring and Summer the hours will be expanded. We extend a sincere thank you to all of our supporters who are too numerous to mention by name but everything, including the signs in the window and the furnishings, has been provided to us free of charge. The stock keeps rolling in. Every day there are boxes and bags of goods to be opened and put out for sale. All we ask is that things be clean and useful. We are fortunate to have a volunteer with experience in window display and we use her to full advantage. There are two items we need to obtain for the operation of our store, so a request goes out for a vacuum cleaner and a good, working steam iron. Our telephone number is 270-PAWS (270-7297) and we will arrange to pick up whatever items we can. Paws Mart also serves as a great venue for sale of our hasti-notes, fire stickers, pens, calendars, etc. Sobey’s slips can also be left there, as well as animal food and cat litter which are intended for the Shelter. We are only too happy to pass these things on. We plan to continue with some of our other activities such as calendars, craft and bake sales and so on. This past December Pet Photos with Santa were done in Paws Mart with the help of our resident Santa Paws, assisted by Mrs. Paws. It was great fun and a joy to see so many well behaved cats and dogs. With the continued help of the public, we look forward to success in the future. The store should be an excellent source of income for the SPCA Shelter for many years to come. The Auxiliary Members
Kitten season is quickly approaching and soon the shelter will not have enough room to house the influx of needy felines. If you are interested in adopting a kitten, please check with the shelter. Generally, the spring, summer and fall tend to be the busiest for kittens.


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A special thanks to the following people who memorialized loved ones and friends by generously donating to the CBSPCA. In Memory of: Gloria MacKinnon Joseph DeLazzer Ray Glasgow Skip Church Turk Boyd March and Carly the dog Missy the dog Celidh the dog Cats—Mittens, Angus, Archie, Maggie, Ales and Dog, Roger Keith Smith Gussie MacInnis Grace Fenens Donald MacLeod Smokey & Fluffy Charles & Vonnie Landry Sidney Campbell Mildred Priseon Audrey Marie Power Terry French Audrey Marie Power Ken Johnston Patrick Nugent Ray Glasgow Gerald MacIssac Bruce Hillman Carly the dog Jean Lind Shirley Baldwin Shirley Baldwin Donated by: Jennifer, David, MacKenzie, Pealson Kilmer Meagher Aileen & Emerson Rudderham Art & June Stanford Frances Tessier Sharon Burton Doug & Charlene Wrathall Lorna Fraser Norma & George Beresford Angela Steele Jenny Beaton Edith Nemis Betty, Bob, Christopher Jean Pyke Martha Ramey SPCA Auxiliary Edward Tracey Max & Elsie Barret Priscilla MacSween Jim & Kim Pyke Carol Nixon Carol Nixon Carol Nixon & Leo Evans Wallace & Joyce Clare Ruby & Stewart MacVicar Sharon Burton Joy Gates SPCA Auxiliary Tina MacQuarrie

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~ Anatole France


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The Cape Breton Branch of the SPCA has a mobile adoption at the Mayflower Mall every Saturday and the Cape Breton Feline Support Society’s volunteers conduct this mobile adoption as a vehicle to increase pet adoptions of cats and dogs. Educational material relating to responsible pet ownership is also made available in hand out form at the mobile adoption. As of March 4th, 2006 a total of 266 adoptions have taken place at the mall outreach consisting of 207 cats, 56 dogs and 3 rabbits over 62 Saturdays. The mall outreach is just one of the initiatives the Feline Support Society is currently involved with. Another important aspect of the society’s work is a program to help feral cats in the community by running a trap-neuter-release program for several feral cat colonies in Cape Breton. Volunteers from the society maintain the colonies by regularly feeding the cats, providing basic veterinary care, and supplying shelter at the colony sites. This initiative is helping to reduce the number of feral cats in our community by insuring that as many of these animals as possible are spayed or neutered, thus insuring that their numbers do not grow. The Feline Support Society also maintains an active membership of foster care providers for cats that are too young to be adopted, are in need of minor veterinary care, or socializing. Once the kittens or cats are adoptable, they are adopted out through the Cape Breton SPCA. Please stop by the Mayflower Mall to find out more about the CBFSS or if you would like to become a volunteer.

For more information on the CBFSS, please see the link for the society on the CBSPCA website, www.capebretonspca.com or contact society chair, Leo MacIssac at leo.marie@ns.sympatico.ca

Did you know that the SPCA relies heavily on the kindness of community members to volunteer their time to help the animals? We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the many individuals that dedicate their time and talents to making Cape Breton a better place for animals. Here is just a sampling of the work that is done by volunteers at the Cape Breton SPCA, the SPCA Auxiliary, and through the Cape Breton Feline Support Society: Grooming cats and walking dogs; Taking pictures of animals up for adoption for the website; Fostering animals too young or sick to currently be adopted; Fundraising; Outreach at the Mayflower Mall or with community groups; Feeding feral cats throughout the island; Volunteering at Paws Mart. If you’d like to extend a helping hand to make Cape Breton a better place for animal companions, please contact the SPCA at find out how to get started making a difference.

Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this." ~ Anonymous


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Rows and rows of barking, crying dogs, confined in small wire cages, often filthy with excrement, never seeing the light of day or knowing the joy of human companionship. This is the life of puppy mill breeding dogs. The females are bred every heat until they no longer produce enough puppies to earn their keep. The puppies often have behavioural problems resulting from a complete lack of socialization with humans, and they frequently have genetic defects and other health problems. In a supposedly civilized society such as ours, it is hard to believe such places exist. Particularly for those who have had the privilege of sharing their life with a dog, the suffering endured by dogs in puppy mills is unthinkable. What can be done to stop this horrendous animal suffering? How can we put an end to these commercial breeding establishments that care only about the money they are making? The reality is that there is good money to be made in the puppy mill business. And, as long as people keep buying their puppies, these uncaring, unscrupulous breeders will continue to flourish. Up until the early 1990s, it was felt that this was an American problem; at that time, the majority of puppies being sold in Canadian pet stores originated from puppy mills in the U.S. midwest. However, in 1992 Agriculture Canada introduced puppy import regulations requiring that puppies coming into Canada from the U.S. be at least 8 weeks of age, be permanently identified with a microchip and have a certificate of health from a veterinarian. With increased inspection of puppies at the border once the regulations were introduced, the flow of puppies from the U.S. subsided. This created a void that was soon filled by Canadian puppy mills. A recent CBC television report highlighted the horrific conditions in puppy mills, focussing on Quebec, which has a large number of such operations that supply puppies to pet stores across Canada. The lack of provincial animal protection legislation in Quebec makes it a prime location for these cruel operations. Pet stores are not the only place where puppy mill pups are sold. They are sold at flea markets, advertised in local newspapers, and sometimes sold directly from the farm, although visitors are not allowed to see inside the facility. CBC even discovered breeders producing fake Canadian Kennel Club registration papers. So, what does a prospective puppy buyer need to know? First of all, keep in mind that bringing a dog into your household is a decision that will affect the everyday life of everyone in the house for the next ten to fifteen years. Unfortunately, too often this decision is made on impulse, based purely on emotion at the sight of the adorable puppy in the window. This makes public education very challenging. One of the first decisions to make is whether or not you want a purebred or a mixed breed. If you are looking for a mixed breed, or even a purebred, your local humane society or SPCA really is the best place to look. Most dogs in shelters are there not because they are bad dogs, but because their previous owners were unprepared or uninformed about how to care for the dog. If you decide you must have a purebred dog, you should be prepared to do some research and pay between $500 and $1,000 for your puppy. You should talk to several breeders of your chosen breed as well as to other owners. Most breeds have a tendency towards certain genetic disorders – a good breeder will provide written guarantees against these conditions. See below for specific suggestions on how to recognize a reputable breeder. Don’t buy a puppy because you feel sorry for him or her – this only perpetuates the market for dogs bred by unscrupulous breeders. The last puppy left that is cowering in the corner looking rather forlorn may be sick or fearful and could end up causing you much heartache and expense. If you have any suspicions about the breeder, then do some more checking. There are far too many stories of people who knew something was wrong but they bought the puppy anyway only to be faced with a sick, lame or unsocialized dog. Thinking of Getting a Pet? Prospective pet owners may want to read A Commonsense Guide to Selecting a Dog or a Cat, co-published by CFHS and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. Single copies of this 14-page booklet are available free from CFHS. By Shelagh MacDonald Printed in full from the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies website at http://www.cfhs.ca

"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face." ~ Ben Williams


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Ayla had only been with her foster parents' for a few days before they decided to make her a permanent member of the family. Gail Carissimi and her husband Jon were captivated by her affectionate and playful personality. "We knew that we couldn't let anyone adopt her," says Carissimi. "Ayla was already home." At eight years old, the Chow/Shepard mix is just one of an increasing number of mature pets finding their way into American's hearts and homes. As people become more aware of the joys of older pets, adult animals are getting more attention from potential adopters—and for good reason. The Big Easy Sure, puppies, kittens and other young animals are adorable. But just like their human counterparts, these babies require an extensive commitment of time and energy from their guardians. For many Americans, busy schedules and work commitments prevent them from being able to provide the kind of round-the-clock care that younger animals require. For Kathy McDonnell, behavior manager at the Monadnock Humane Society in Swanzey, New Hampshire and proud pet parent of a recently adopted 10-year-old Dalmatian, mature animals fit her lifestyle. "For me, an older dog is a much better option as I work long hours and [older dogs] just don't need as much exercise and stimulation as the younger guys do. Typically, the older dogs are already housebroken and have passed the destructive chewing phase." Not only that, but mature dogs will have likely gone through some basic obedience training and adult cats are more likely to be litter-box trained. But don't misunderstand: Although older pets may be less demanding, that's not to say adult animals don't require pet parents to be responsible and devoted—all animals require a lifelong commitment. Animal Attachment It's something that shelter workers hear over and over again from people who want to adopt a puppy or kitten: "I want a pet who will bond with my family" or "I want a pet who can grow up with my kids." The truth is that forming a strong connection with a pet has little to with the animal's age at the time of adoption. "Some people—especially those with young children—pass over adult dogs or cats in favor of puppies or kittens," says Carissimi. "In my opinion, if an adult animal is given a 'second chance' with a loving, adoptive family, it's very likely that she will be a trusting, loyal companion for many years." In addition, adult animals are often a more practical pet for families with children. Bringing together young animals and kids can be problematic, as puppies and kittens sometimes exhibit playful nipping and clawing, which can injure or frighten children. And kids can inadvertently be too rough with young animals. Adopting a mature pet who interacts well with children can be the best option. The Awwwww Factor While adorable kittens or pint-sized pooches have the power to seduce just about any animal-lover, it's important to remember that baby animals quickly become adults. Before giving in to the pull of a young animal, adopters need to remember that every animal up for adoption used to be a baby—and that adult animals can be every bit as sweet, cute and playful as their younger counterparts. What You See… Anyone who's ever observed an infant and wondered what he would look like as an adult knows that, without meeting his parents, it would be hard to guess. In the same way, it's hard to determine what kind of characteristics a puppy or kitten will have until the animal is an adult. In contrast, it's much easier for potential adopters to get a sense of an mature animal's qualities—including size, temperament, and personality—and to make a more informed decision based on their expectations. Good Vibes Helping a homeless animal will always be a natural high for adopters. But those who choose to adopt an adult pet can take extra comfort in knowing that they're giving a home to an animal who may otherwise be overlooked. As they age, dogs and cats tend to have an increasingly hard time finding an adoptive family. For many adopters, giving an older animal a home is an act of compassion. But for some, the good feelings associated with adopting a mature pet has little to do with sympathy. "I have benefited more from knowing and loving my old pets than I ever could have imagined. When I adopted my first older dog, I felt badly for her being in the adoption center at her age, and thought I was doing a good thing by bringing her home. Who was I kidding? Now I am filled with gratitude to her for sharing her appreciation for the little joys in life with me. I have learned many life lessons from knowing, loving, and being loved by these old souls" says Susan O'Kane, executive director at the Humane Society of Chittenden County in South Burlington, Vermont. More and more animal-lovers are finding out that their perfect pet isn't a puppy or kitten but an adult animal. In the process, they're learning just how easy it is to teach an older pet new tricks—like showing their best friend how to love again. "Though Ayla doesn't hear as well as she used to, she 'hears' our love when we scratch her ears and massage her back, says Carissimi. "As a society, we respect and honor those who have lived long lives. And so it should be for our special animal friends. This story was taken in full from the Humane Society of the United States website (www.hsus.org). It was written by Rebecca Simmons, the Outreach Communications Coordinator for the Companion Animals section of The HSUS.

We Speak for Those Who Cannot Speak for Themselves

Paw Prints
Please donate points to our Club “Z” Membership at Local Zeller’s stores. Just give this number the next time you shop:

SPCA Shelter Hours Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 4:30pm Adoption Hours Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm Closed Sundays and Most Holidays For EMERGENCY service, 539please phone 539-7722

848 950 334


Membership Fees (Yearly Rate)
Adult $10.00 ………… Senior $ 5.00 …………. Junior $ 5.00 …………. Life Members $100.00 ……….
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