Angus,Garfie & Dewar
Copyright 2020 J.M. "Mac" MacDonald
You sometimes get thoughtful responses when you write Letters.
This is Courtney
2005 Committee Testimony
Neither OVMA or CVMA support Breed Specific Legislation
OVMA wrote to Party Leaders in 2012
Please read OVMA Letter.
CVMA Position Statement
I would like ALL Parties to come together to support Courtney`s Bill/Law in memory of Courtney Trempe.
(akin to Rowan Stringer`s Concussion Bill)
Rowan`s Law (Concussion Safety) passed with all Party Support
All Children Matter
Courtney`s Law would remove the Breed Specific Language from DOLA,
implement more of the Provincial Trempe Inquest Recs
encourage Federal,Municipal Gov`ts & Media to consider the Recs suggested to them by the Inquest.
I have the support of Courtney Trempe`s Mother who has contacted me
It is important to get the focus off #pitbulls
put a stop to the incessant non constructive arguing & obsession
by both #pitbull lovers & haters
get it on to Effective Laws.
Courtney Trempe was a little girl killed by a neighbour`s dog in 1998
(A dog not impacted by BSL)
An Inquest was held into her death and out of that came 36 recommendations.
All but a few were ignored by Gov`t.
Instead they chose to enact BSL years later which does not improve Community Safety.
It would not have helped Courtney, as the type of dog that killed Courtney is not a type targeted by Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)
Courtney`s Mother testified to that effect at the Committee Hearings prior to the passage of Bill 132 (Amendments to DOLA)
I propose as we go forward in our attempts to have BSL repealed,we fight this fight in Courtney`s memory.
A memorial fund was set up in memory of Courtney to provide support for child victims of dog attacks and their families.
You can read articles written by the designated witness from the Trempe Inquest on the Failure of the amendments to DOLA
(Dog Owner`s Liability Act)
to improve Public Safety and the threat this Legislation poses to all dog owners.
(I can be contacted via Private Msg in Guestbook Link on right)
Best way to honour Tupper`s life was to make a donation to
The Goodbye My Friend Fund
& give another dog
the type of life that Tupper lived for almost 14 years.
*Wind is Insured by Trupanion.
*Wind is from a Reputable Breeder.
Support Reputable Shelters (OSPCA),Humane Societies or Reputable Breeders.
Be their 1st & & only Home or be their Final Home.
Never give a Family Member to a Rescue.
They deserve better.
Tupper came here as a puppy from a Country Farm.
(Adoption recommended by my Vet)
She enjoyed every minute of life right up to the moment she left.
She got to enjoy all her favourite treats,some slathered with Peanut Butter.
She was an absolute dream dog and brought great joy to many lives for many years.
got to run wildly through open fields chasing ducks,
roll in smelly stuff,play with Mac for years,
go for car rides which she loved & swim & boat for almost 14 yrs.
a special shout out to little Rory the Westie.
(No Turtles were harmed)
May 13,2004-Apr 4,2017
A Memorial Donation was made by Forever Home
A Memorial Donation was made to OVC Pet Trust by AVAH
(Son)Angus 2003-Nov 2016
(Mom)Garfie 2002-Dec 6,2018
Showed up at the right Home when pregnant w/6 kittens.
(Other Kittens went to great Forever Homes like mine.)
(Son)Dewar 2003-Apr 2,2020
Maybe another stray will show up at the right home.
Maybe a kitten from a Farm will be offered a home.
(Was offered a newborn Farm Kitten today...born Oct 28,2020)
This will be one lucky kitten if I decide to give it a Forever Home in 8 weeks.
Maybe I will choose one from the OSPCA
Do not give Rescues Control over Pet Ownership.
🐕 or 🐈
I celebrate you & Tupper
enjoying every day with Wind.
We had many good years.
Life is great.
We will all meet again Mac.
Until then...you & Tupper
will remain in my ❤️
Nor speak of me with tears
But laugh and talk of me as if
I were beside you there...
I loved you so
Twas heaven here with you!
Visits Suspended Due To COVID-19
Take well behaved Pets in to visit Family & Friends who are no longer able to live at home.
Bandana Dogs have no special Training
(They are Owner Trained)
& no special Status or Rights unlike Service Dogs.
The only difference between them & well behaved pets is that they work for a Bandana Organization.
Bandana Dogs may have a place but their place is not to replace Pet Visitors.
As someone who was once hospitalized for months,
I know the importance of pets visiting
a visit by a Bandana dog is no substitute for your own pet or a pet you know.
My Dog Wind visiting the Mother of a friend in a Retirement Home.
Support a Fair Effective Law in Ontario to End BSL
that puts the focus on Education & Children not Dogs & Labels.
A $500 donation was given to their Grant Program In memory of Mac
(A Constructive Donation)
Mac was special to me,but there was nothing 'special' about him.
Choose Recipients very carefully when looking to donate Money.
Mac & Angus
Life is short...
Live it in the real World...
Enjoy your dog whether it is a Purebred or a mutt.
Those are the only dogs that exist.
(Sample Button Only)
Choose Recipients carefully.
If you can spare some cash,
here are some safe,reputable,constructive ways to help
both animals & Real Forever Owners.
1) The OSPCA
2) The Farley Foundation
*They help Real Forever Owners truly in need.
4) The Goodbye My Friend Fund
**The kinder option for Family members.
Do not give your Family Member to a **Rescue.
That is the ultimate Betrayal & Abandonment
a Real Forever Home would never do that to an animal.
Being kept alive does not equal having a Life.
5) Spay It Forward
Some Donations were made in Memory of Mac
Animal Farm Grant Program.
Airfare for Detection Dog Assessment
Mac & Rory
*Beware of Moochers.
There is no shortage of them.
...is not an Effective or Constructive Strategy,
"They are the best dogs ever,...."
There is one glaring problem here that does not line up with science:
Dogs labeled pit bulls are not a they.
Support Reputable Shelters (OSPCA,Humane Societies or Breeders.
(Own your Pets)
Be their 1st & only Home or be their final Home.
BEWARE of RESCUES
Is this really what Donors want to support?
Donations to Rescues are giving them the luxury
of keeping animals out of Real Forever Homes
supporting a Scheme to take control of Pet Ownership.
Do any Rescues give up Ownership...Ask them.
No Kill & a Return Policy does nothing but encourage irresponsible Ownership.
Being kept alive does not equal having a Life.
Real forever homes do not return animals under any circumstances
they do not expect others to support their pets.
Real Forever Homes have legal arrangements in place to protect their pets from ending up in Shelters or even worse ending up at a Rescue.
A Rescue Return Policy is all the proof needed that they want Control not Final Homes.
Rescues want People & Houses they can control for the lifetime of the animal.
Open Admission Shelters are available for the type of people who surrender/return animals.
Wondering where all the Animals are that used to be available for Public Adoption?
Rescues have them & they are not up for Adoption.
Rescues Cause Shopping.
The #AdoptDontShop Mantra is ludicrous coming from Rescues.
If you want to help animals get adopted,
donate to local reputable Shelters where the Public can view/meet them & offer real forever homes not controlled by Rescues.
If you adopt from a Shelter,make sure they are giving up Ownership of the animal to you.
(My local OSPCA confirmed they do.)
If you do for some reason put up with Rescues,
make sure to have your Lawyer review any Foster/Adoption Applications/Contracts before signing.
Review the Liability Section & Definition of Owner under DOLA.
I have seen a couple of Foster Applications so far with a Waiver of Liability for the Rescue...
Nice try but both Rescue & Foster Home are Owners & Liable under DOLA.
Ottawa Dog Rescue
It would not surprise me if All Ontario Rescues are trying to pull this Waiver of Liability stunt.
They all share Liability w/Foster Home.
Make sure you have sole Ownership of the Animal after Adoption & the Rescue does not retain the Right to enter your Home for any reason or retain any type of legal hold on the animal.
Leave Bequests to Shelters not Rescues.
Brockville SPCA has a wonderful setup for their animals due in part to a Bequest I was told.
I have changed my own Estate Plans.
Think of all the improvements that could be made at Shelters with the money being thrown at Rescues which is giving them Control of animals.
Rescues are not Shelters that put animals up for Adoption to the Public
I was sponsoring at
Bullies in Need
when I received an email from a well known
American Dog Owner,
asking if I was giving BIN money for a certain dog.
I asked this person if they had offered that dog a home...
they said ask the Rescue about that.
I did...they ignored me...I cancelled my Sponsorship.
I had planned on offering a forever home to one of those dogs
until I received that email.
I realized then that Rescues are all about the Rescuers not the dogs.
I was giving
a monthly donation for a certain type of dog.
(Possibly at risk due to BSL)
I later offered them a Foster Home for that type of dog.
They did not follow up on that offer.
Their Website said they would show people how to integrate dogs & cats...but had allowed a Rescue dog to kill a cat & not just any 🐈.
No trick to that
simply common sense which apparently you lack.
I was later told by
under New Management
that no such dog had been in the care of the Rescue when they were taking money from me.
I was contacted by a Vet who was doing some work for
Eastern Ontario Potcake Rescue
who told me they needed a Foster Home by a certain date.
I said I would offer a home,provide Contact Info but would not chase them.
No,I do not need to apply to a Rescue to offer my home & take on the Legal Liability of Fostering.
They were told of the Vet`s message
after a number of emails explaining to them that they had to prearrange a phone call,
they finally made a commitment to call but failed to place the call.
"...I'll call you before 8am tomorrow...
Julie Hearty & Allison Shalla
Eastern Ontario Potcake Rescue"
asking if all their Adoptions required Fenced yards...I already knew the answer...wanted to see if they would respond...they did not.
My Lab came from a Reputable Breeder because of Rescue Stupidity like this.
This Rescue appears to be collecting dogs from all over but restricts "Adoptions" to GTA.
A Reputable Breeder told me that in 25 years of placing dogs,
only once was a fenced yard required due to the needs of the person not the dog.
I have a fenced yard but my home was not going to be offered to any Rescue insisting on a fenced yard.
They simply are not necessary.
Safe With Us
and asked a question about their Policies.
I was told by someone who had dealt with them that they were not as arrogant as other Ontario Rescues.
Their response to me...
Wed, Apr 19, 2017, 9:13 PM
"May I ask why you are enquiring about our adoption policies?"
My Response to Debbie...
"Yes you may.
I want to know what your Adoption Policies are in order to decide whether I want to consider adopting from your Rescue."
Debbie did not bother getting back to me about their Policies.
I got back to
Not So Safe With Us
later that year after getting my dog.
"Aug 16, 2017, 2:27 PM
In case you were thinking of eventually answering my question,don`t bother."
My Home was made available as a Foster Home to Ontario Rescues
from approx 2009 to July 2017
That is when I got my dog from a Reputable Breeder not a Rescue.
She has a forever home...a real forever home.
A Volunteer with a Rescue told me if I would apply to adopt a dog that had already had one TPLO Surgery,
the Rescue (meaning the Public) would foot the Bill if a 2nd TPLO was needed.
I know the cost of a 2x TPLO,
I had to borrow money for my dog or put her down.
If Rescues are suckering the Public for money for dogs/cats supposedly already adopted,
then they are not only running a Scheme to Control Pet Ownership...
they are running a Scam.
Real forever homes pay their own Veterinary Bills
may have to put animals down for financial reasons if they do not have Insurance.
Even with Insurance that is a possibility in a Real Forever Home
Life in the real World...Rescues.
I believe that is part of the Rescue scheme & the reason Rescues want control of animals.
No Rescue nonsense required for my dog,just a pleasant 2 way Conversation.
I had every intention of offering a real forever home to a Rescue Dog when I found a dog I wanted
but Rescues are a major problem for animals needing homes.
Rescue is all about Control of Animal Ownership.
Support Shelters (if possible) where animals truly are up for Adoption.
(OSPCA & Humane Societies)
*There are few animals available for adoption to the Public now because of Rescues collecting them.*
Find an animal needing a home before a Rescue gets a hold of it.
Check Kijiji for Owners rehoming/surrendering an animal,keep your ears open,ask around.
To Owners who surrender ill or elderly pets to Shelters...best case they will be put down...worse case,"saved" by a Rescue in the nick of time.
That is not the kinder option for a pet...they deserve to be put down by your Vet with you by their side.
That is a forever home & the kindest option for them.
Consider not getting a pet if you are the type who would give them up at any point in their life.
There are no perfect dogs or cats,homes or "best" matches despite what Rescues believe.
But there are Perfect Owners...they are called Forever Owners.
Some may live in houses with fenced yards,some may be homeless on the street.
(Until death do you part)
Do not give Rescues control over Pet Ownership.
A Vet may know of an accidental litter or an animal needing a home.
Support Reputable Dog Breeders
(A personal choice for some & perhaps the only choice in the future because of Rescues)
Rescues are a bottomless pit of other people`s money which is allowing them to carry on like this.
They might exhibit some commonsense if they were using their own money or if they had a whole lot less donated money.
Past Generations who knew much more about animals would never have put up with Rescue nonsense & neither should you.
All these Real Life K9 Good Neighbours below had wonderful,fun,real forever homes.
And yes some were Farm Dogs...Farm Life is a great Life.
Absolutely no kowtowing to Rescues required.
Say No to Applications & House Inspections & Yes to Conversations.
Rescue nonsense is simply keeping dogs out of good real forever homes.
I feel very sorry for animals in the clutches of Rescues.
Against my better judgement I recently offered a Foster Home to
Sit With Me
after seeing a rather desperate plea on Social Media.
All they had to do was DM to start a chat.
They did not bother because that would take control away from them and Rescues want to be in control.
Thankfully the Public is catching on.
It is all about the Rescuers...not the animals.
Pet Owners... beware of the Rescue Scheme to control Pet Ownership.
Donors... beware of funding animals that are not truly up for Adoption to the General Public.
RESCUES...GET OVER YOURSELVES.
Retain Your Right to Choose & Own a Pet.
Support Ontario Shelters if possible.
Rescues are taking Resources away from Shelters
getting in the way of Adoptions into Real Forever Homes.
If Rescue Types get their way,
NO ONE will have a pet in their home
unless they seek & get the approval of a Rescue.
Do not give Rescues any Control over pets.
(This Email below is not to be copied or pasted anywhere.)
Our Reference #: M-2019-3189/M-2019-3503
Thank you for your email regarding breed specific legislation.
My colleague the Honourable Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General, also forwarded your email to my ministry for consideration.
I always appreciate hearing from people across Ontario about the issues that matter most to them.
My team and I are reviewing a number of statutes currently, including this one.
There are a number of proposals that we are considering and I will keep your comments in mind as we move forward.
Thank you again for taking the time to write.
cc: The Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario
The Honourable Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General