Uniting for cats and birds

For decades, cat people and bird people have been at odds with each other. But the welfare of one does not need to be sacrificed in order to protect the other. We have a responsibility to all of this country’s animals and need to work to improve the situation for both cats and birds. Pitting them against each other fails to address the perils facing both. Solutions for our embattled birds are necessary, but we can’t lose sight of how dire the situation is for Canada’s cats.

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How women are creating a humane Canada

As a young girl, my first love was my dog Patty, a beautiful golden Cocker Spaniel who used to collect rocks and line them up on our back porch. She would patiently let me stroke her long nose and make her floppy ears dance in the air. She was, to say the least, very tolerant of my childish antics. After Patty, a string of succeeding loves came as I grew up – Copper, Pokey and Casey (a Springer Spaniel, a Black Lab, and a Yorkie respectively) and, of course, our indignant cat, Sneaker. They all helped shape my childhood and left their mark on me in some way, but the true force behind it all was my mother.

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10 ways you can build a humane Canada

What do we mean when we say the word humane? And what does it mean to be a humane community or nation?

In Canada and around the world, the humane movement is about compassion, collaboration, education and action. It was built on the idea that we need to protect the most vulnerable in our society, and it’s focused on minimizing or eliminating the suffering and exploitation of animals.

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Lessons learned from the Fort Mac wildfires

June is Disaster Preparedness Month, and I took the opportunity to have a conversation with Tara Clarke, the outgoing Executive Director of Fort McMurray SPCA, to hear what the organization learned about disaster preparedness after living through the largest animal disaster rescue in Canadian history: the Fort McMurray wildfires. It’s been just over a year since the wildfires hit, and the Fort McMurray community is still in the process of rebuilding and recovering.

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