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THUNDER BAY, ON -----  November 5, 2011   ---  The Ontario SPCA is saddened Ontario SPCAto hear of the Thunder Bay Humane Societyclosure of the Thunder Bay and District Humane Society (TBDHS).

The TBDHS is a separate non-profit organization from the Ontario SPCA and as such, have their own operations and fundraising initiatives. The TBDHS is affiliated with our organization through their investigation services mandated under the Ontario SPCA Act.

Regardless of being a separate non-profit organization, the Ontario SPCA will offer support to our communities where we are able. Over the last two years, the Ontario SPCA has invested significant resources in the TBDHS board and staff, to build a sustainable organization. The Ontario SPCA has assisted the TBDHS board in developing a new organizational vision as well as providing advice for fundraising strategies. The Ontario SPCA has sent staff to the TBDHS to provide staff and volunteer training in progressive adoption strategies. In 2008, the TBDHS was granted close to $262,500.00 from the Ontario SPCA to assist in their operations and facility improvements.

In today's economy the Ontario SPCA recognizes the difficulties that an organization can come across when fundraising. The Ontario SPCA has reached out to lend a helping hand to the organization and will continue to offer advice and support where we are able. Currently, the Ontario SPCA is assisting the TBDHS by providing funding for the wages of their only paid Investigation and Enforcement Officer.

We want to encourage the public to support the TBDHS. Animal Welfare across Ontario needs the support of their communities to best care for the animals. To donate to the TBDHS we encourage you to visit www.tbayhumane.ca.

The Ontario SPCA wants to remind the public that when an Ontario SPCA Officer is unavailable, citizens can reach out to the Police to report cases of animal cruelty.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA): Protecting animals since 1873, the Ontario SPCA is a registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities relying primarily on donations to fund animal protection, care and rehabilitation; advocacy; and humane education. The Ontario SPCA Act mandates the Society to enforce animal cruelty laws and provides Society investigators with police powers to do so – making the Ontario SPCA unique among animal welfare organizations in the province. The Ontario SPCA is an affiliated with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Board of Directors News Release  Thunder Bay & District Humane Society

The Board of Directors of the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society is announcing that due to the current and ongoing financial crisis faced by the organization that the Society’s shelter at 1535 Rosslyn Road will closing on December 31, 2011.

 

The TBDHS’s anticipated shortfall for the current fiscal year is $180,000.000 or $15,000 per month on a budget of just under $400,000. Due to this continual shortfall it has become increasingly difficult to meet our monthly financial obligations and we arein danger of not being able to meet our payroll. This has been a growing year over year problem that has finally met the breaking point.

Unless we are able to overcome this shortfall in an ongoing and sustainable manner we have no choice but to close the shelter. We continue to seek funding from the OSPCA, the City of Thunder Bay and the Province of Ontario but to date have been unsuccessful in our requests. None of these currently fund us at any level. We will also continue our efforts to build our Pre- Authorized Debit (PAD) Donation Plan. The TBDHS recognizes the ongoing support of our many generous donors but if we could sign up just 1500 more people at as little as $10 a month our cash flow problems would be solved. For most people that amount of money is negligible; a lunch, a couple of coffees at Starbucks, a visit to Timmies or Robin’s, a magazine or a paperback,…but to us it means our being able to offer a much needed and valued service to the City and District of Thunder Bay. Donations of any amount no matter how small it may seem to the donor are vital to our continued service to the vulnerable
animals in our community.

The TBDHS has been operational now for 14 years and the services we provide are in many ways unique to this community. We have a wonderful shelter/safe haven for unwanted / abandoned / abused / neglected animals. We have taken in 365 animals in the past 12 months and have adopted out 360 of those. We do not euthanize just to make space for the next animal but instead strive to find the perfect forever home for each and every animal in our care. We are almost always full to capacity
and are at many points housing animals in our offices, education room and hallways. Our Inspector actively investigates an average of 50 cruelty/neglect complaints per month which is the highest average in the province. The loss of the shelter and investigative services will be a severe blow to the cause of animal welfare in our city and district.

We currently have over 100 animals in our care seeking adoption and hope to adopt as many of them out as possible before  December 31, 2011. In the event of the closure of the shelter on December 31, 2011 the OSPCA has agreed to help us relocate any animals remaining in our care to other OSPCA affiliated shelters.
 
Even while making this announcement we still have hope that through the generosity of the city with the giant heart we will be able to continue to serve the animals in our care and the animal welfare needs of our city and district.

To inquire about our financial situation or to donate in order for us to maintain our services please contact the TBDHS at 475-8803 or visit our website at www.tbayhumane.ca.

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