The major difference between our database and other animal adoption
- It costs nothing to be listed, no forms or applications are necessary.
We acquired the current data by research done by dedicated individuals across Canada
whose primary concern was to list as many agencies and facilities as possible
where adoptable animals are available.
- No attempt to get authorization, permission or fee was made to be listed
here. This is because we hope, in some way, to bring to the public's
attention to facilities in municipalities with little or no funding and to home the adoptable animals in their care. In some cases,
agencies/contractors have no incentive to promote adoption over
euthanization when the 72 hour limit for holding them is met.
It is a sad fact that some facilities are so
poorly funded, or attended to, that they fall below what is humanely
acceptable for animals housing and care. Because of lack
of attention and funding they offer virtually no real possibility of adoption
over euthanasia even though they have an adoption mandate in place. Without
complaints, local agencies have no authority to gain access to private
facilities unless they receive a complaint. We hope that these situations can be brought to public attention and 'just cause' can be obtained
for the local animal protection agencies to investigate them.
With that in mind, we need to stipulate that:
- We are not responsible for the quality of care or the policies of the
individual organizations listed. Our main goal is to get animals adopted and raise public awareness regarding how some local municipalities deal with homeless animals.
- We do not take a stand on, nor identify, kill vs. no-kill facilities as this could unfairly disadvantage animals in facilities whose policies they cannot possibly be held responsible for. We want to give a level playing field to all.
- We do not vouch for the care provided in any organization/facility. If
you discover that a facility does NOT meet standards of adequate care
it is our hope you will report them to your local animal protection agency. In fact, we encourage it.
This is one of the reasons we do NOT require permission from the agencies to be listed. Some may prefer not to have the attention and profile this database will afford the animals in their care. We can only hope to give voice to those unfortunate animals.
- The exception is the listing of sanctuaries, where the animals do not
leave the premises but are 'virtually' adopted and money is being requested
for their continued care. These organizations/facilities are specially
screened to determine their integrity as care givers and non-profit
animal care facilities and that they are NOT zoos in disguise.
NOTE: If you find any one of the following on our database, please let us
know immediately and we will investigate and possibly remove them. Rescues and shelters will be removed it they they are:
- Selling and breeding of rescued animals: those who breed and sell these animals are
prohibited from being on our database. Breed rescues must have a *real*
adoption program in place and not just claim that they rescue and adopt.
- Hoarding or collecting: since our primary goal is adoption, those who do
not make an effort to find homes for the animals in their care (with the
exception of sanctuaries)cannot be listed. Any group/individual who "collects" or "hoards"
is prohibited for being listed.
- Sanctuaries must provide just that, sanctuary. These are particularly
difficult to monitor. Animals in these facilities must not be presented or
housed so as to allow public viewing opportunities that is an intrusion or limitation upon their natural lives and habitat. Their environment must be condusive to their well-being and not 'showcased' for public interest and curiosity or unnaturally forced to be involved in human entertainment and/or contact.
IMPORTANT: If there are any entries in this database that contravene these
conditions we hope that you will bring it to our attention because they are
in direct violation of our mission statement mandate. We do not want to,
inadvertently, promote any of these activities. However, the database is so
huge and so facilities are so remote that we cannot possibly guard guarantee
that these infringements included. Anonymity will be provided and an
investigation will be made.
Soon, we will have a legal action section that helps individuals embark on
a course of action by lodging complaints, reporting to the media and
insisting their municipalities improve the way they deal with the animals in
their care. We cannot identify which facilities or organizations do not meet
minimal standards of humane care for a variety of reasons or which have
inadequate programs for adoption. We can only make ALL POSSIBLE adoptable
animal facilities/organizations accessible from our database in the hopes
that they are exposed, reported and action taken to rectify the situation.
It is up to the public to take action where needed. We hope that you will.