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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Q & A with a Montreal SPCA volunteer

When Kimberly Kotar isn’t running marathons, she’s running from cage to cage at the Montreal SPCA where she has been volunteering for the past 7 years. She is a self-proclaimed “jack of all trades” for the organization having done it all from adoption counseling and fostering to cleaning kennels, assisting vets and administering medication. All of that, in addition to …

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“Green” store helps pets

Every now and then, it’s nice to mention people who do good things for animals in their everyday lives, no matter how big or how small. Ecocentrik Apparel is a Montreal-based webstore that offers urban eco-ethical fashions for men, women and children.  The clothing is made from sustainable materials and produced in facilities that employ fair labour practices.  They also …

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Missing Montreal pets get website

When a beloved pet goes missing, it is an agonizing experience – the searching, the waiting, the wondering.  We’ve all seen posters taped up in our neighbourhoods of missing animals.  Do they ever come home?  Are their owners still searching for them?  Are they hungry, hurt, homesick? Last May, a concerned Montrealer noticed an influx of missing pet posters in …

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Adoption denied?

You contact an animal adoption agency, find what you think is the perfect dog or cat and fill out a form to adopt them.  You later discover your application for this particular pet has been denied.  Why?  Many potential adopters wonder why they would be refused, if they are willing to open their home and heart to an abandoned creature. Even …

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What is a puppy mill?

What? According to the Montreal SPCA Emergency shelter, a puppy mill is defined as:  a dog breeding facility that is solely motivated by profit and does not care about the resulting substandard conditions in which the dogs are forced to live.  Mill owners do not clean their dogs or their cages, and (the dogs) never see a veterinarian or receive proper food. …

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Piper and Pebbles: A puppy mill story

Sometimes it feels like the fight against Quebec puppy mills is of David and Goliath proportions.  Many people have a passion to see them shut their doors forever (and their operators face stiff criminal penalties and jail time), but the battle is tedious.  There are so many horrific stories that never get a voice. There are so many animals that …

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Stop Quebec Puppy Mills

Quebec has the unfortunate reputation of being the so-called “puppy mill capital of North America”. Because of the covert nature of such operations, exact numbers are difficult to obtain, but it is estimated that there are anywhere from 1200 – 2000 puppy mills in this province alone. The business of selling dogs can be lucrative and the enforcement of adequate …

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