You have no idea how angry and sad this makes me.
I’ve had a link to the OSPCA at the bottom of my blog for a long time now, mostly because I’ve supported this organization in most of its decisions and appreciate the help they give to animals. I bought my Christmas cards from the OSPCA this year. Obviously I’m more supportive of the local Ottawa Humane Society, but these other organizations are on my radar too. I’ve personally adopted two cats from shelters, my family has adopted several, and they have all brought tons of love and happiness into my life. I don’t donate to many charities, but I am a member of the Ottawa Humane Society’s PAWs monthly donation program. I get flack for donating to animals before I donate to humans, but I don’t care.
It breaks my heart to hear that the employees of the Newmarket OSPCA were not responsible enough to deal with a ringworm outbreak before it became this serious. Further, I can’t believe that the only option would be to euthanize these animals.
It is a completely curable fungal infection.
The steps that need to be taken to cure the disease might not be as easy as just KILLING the animals, but for fucks sakes – set an example for the general public and show that these animals are worth it.
That’s what’s bothering me the most about this. An organization that promotes animal welfare as their main objective is taking the easy way out and killing hundreds of animals.
Is it the time? I’m sure there are people out there who would volunteer their time to help out with this crisis.
Is it the money? I for one would gladly donate money to help the situation. I don’t have much time, but I have money.
I just heard about this story this morning. I haven’t heard anything about the Newmarket OSPCA asking for help with this situation. According to their website, they issued a news release yesterday about the outbreak, and today they’re saying that they’re euthanizing all the animals as a response. Seriously? I mean, I get that shit happens. They’ve admitted this outbreak was due to human error. However, there has to be a step in between “Oh shit, we got a ringworm problem” and “OK, let’s just kill them all.”
It’s completely unacceptable.
To the OSPCA, especially CEO Ms. Kate MacDonald – Show the public that these animals are worth it. Do NOT euthanize these animals.