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  • Nancy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    SPCA must be friends of the vets in this province. No mentioned of the hgh prices being charge at the local vets, plus some of there charges are no more than extracting more money from the pet owners, that only benefits the vet's pocketbook. If the vet prices were regulated in basic animal care, there would be no need for new regulations onto the pet owners because most people would be able to afford the vet care. A bonus would be, the SPCA would now be able to take care of more urgent business.

  • Ted
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    I believe CBC's Marketplace had a episode on last year about the outrageous prices Vets charge. NFLD Vets apparently was the worst offenders, particaularly as it related to the cost of pet medications. Also keep in mind that drug price sfor pets are not regulated in Canada. Here's a tip get the Rx filled at your local pharmacy rather than the Vet's drug dispensary.

  • Geri
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Animal protection legislation is useless if it isn't enforced. I'm involved with an animal rescue organization in BC which also is contracted to run the city shelter. We see many cases of animal cruelty. In fact two Shepherds were found in a shed that was on the site of a former grow-op. These animals had been locked up without food or water. One dog had died a short time before discovery while the other was emaciated and weighed just 23 lbs. I could give many examples.

    We are a no-kill organization and are fortunate enough to work with a vet who provides his services to us at very reasonable rates. What he loses by not charging the exorbitant rates for medicines and services, he makes up in volume, and repeat clients. Every animal coming into our shelters for adoption or fostering is altered immediately, no exceptions. I recognize that vets do incur huge student loans and cost to set up their clinics, however perhaps even some of their services could be provided at low cost through a rescue group. Low-income individuals can access these rates only through the rescue group.

    Back-yard breeders or puppy-mills are a problem everwhere. Those wanting to breed should be registered and licensed. All cities need laws/bylaws stating that pets have to be spayed/neutered. This might not end the problem however it may deter some.

  • Jesse
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    @ so mad. The SPCA WANTS to have a low cost spayed and neutering program in place, they are trying to get one. And if they had the space and resources to have a no kill animal shelter then they would. Maybe if so many people didn't abandon or mistreat their animals the SPCA would be able to have a no kill shelter. I wonder if you even read this article before posting your comments...you said: The SPCA needs to stop euthanizing animals, start spaying and neutering them and give them free to loving families Considering you just said the high cost of spaying and neutering animals yourself how do you expect the SPCA to be able to afford to do all this, how much money do you think the organization has?

  • Annoyed
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    I was very interested to find out that the SPCA was offering a new program called SNAP . I know for a fact that there is another animal organization in this province, based in St. John's that is specifically for spaying and neutering and one of there programs they have been offering for several years is called SNAP . All the animal organizations in this province do such great work and it really upsets me to see that a big organization like the SPCA would go out and be so childish, for lack of a better word STEAL another organizations program name. Is there nothing else you could think of?
    Ruff-Spots Animal Welfare Foundation has been offering spay/neuter programs for 6 years now. For such a small group of people they do amazing work, and at their last fundraiser announced that they had fixed over 260 animals to date. After 6 years of Ruff-Spots doing great work for this province, the SPCA is going to finally get a clue and get to the root of the problem. So instead of giving credit where deserved, they would rather just take credit themselves.
    Check out the original SNAP program at:
    www.ruffspots.com

  • So Mad
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    The SPCA makes me so mad. They need to have a low cost spay and neutering program put in place for anyone who needs it. It cost me $300 to spay my dog and $180 for my cat, most people can not afford this, but they are still good pet owner. As for call the SPCA or crime stoppers, I have personally made complaints to Crime Stoppers about a person beating their animal to death, they told me they were not going to pursue it because they didnt feel they could prove it since the person had disposed of the body. This person now has another animal and it is being mistreated. The SPCA needs to stop euthanizing animals, start spaying and neutering them and give them free to loving families. They can still raise money through community functions. I know if I though they were a reputable organization I would donate more then I currently do.

  • R
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    3 years that the SPCA has been waiting for Minister Dunderdale's office to meet about the Animal Protection Act? It is high time the Department of Natural Resouces revises the legislation. Ontario just updated their legislation and Newfoundland is in the dark ages. $50 for a fine - that's a joke.

  • To So Mad
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    If you feel an animal is being mistreated or know that it is and don't want to contact the SPCA, then please contact Heavenly Creatures or another animal rescue. Maybe they and you can still help this abuse stop. It's the least that you can do if you care and have given up on the SPCA.

  • Ted
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    I find it astonishing that people pay hundred of dollars for pets when there are perfectly good unwanted pets available at humane shelters. Many people have then notion that purchased pedigrees are better than mutts from the rescue groups, or, that theres some sort of problem with rescue pets. Pedigrees, by definition, are inbred animals often resulting in amplified genetic distortions. Unwanted pets often end up at shelters because their owners were: (A) irresponsible, (B) didnt know how to take care / train the animal (C) simply cast them aside like old clothes

    I have two dogs and two cats; all of them came from rescue organizations. I couldnt be happier. . Bottom line, if youre not committed to owning the animal, do the world and favor and buy a pet rock instead.

  • Nancy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    SPCA must be friends of the vets in this province. No mentioned of the hgh prices being charge at the local vets, plus some of there charges are no more than extracting more money from the pet owners, that only benefits the vet's pocketbook. If the vet prices were regulated in basic animal care, there would be no need for new regulations onto the pet owners because most people would be able to afford the vet care. A bonus would be, the SPCA would now be able to take care of more urgent business.

  • Ted
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    I believe CBC's Marketplace had a episode on last year about the outrageous prices Vets charge. NFLD Vets apparently was the worst offenders, particaularly as it related to the cost of pet medications. Also keep in mind that drug price sfor pets are not regulated in Canada. Here's a tip get the Rx filled at your local pharmacy rather than the Vet's drug dispensary.

  • Geri
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    Animal protection legislation is useless if it isn't enforced. I'm involved with an animal rescue organization in BC which also is contracted to run the city shelter. We see many cases of animal cruelty. In fact two Shepherds were found in a shed that was on the site of a former grow-op. These animals had been locked up without food or water. One dog had died a short time before discovery while the other was emaciated and weighed just 23 lbs. I could give many examples.

    We are a no-kill organization and are fortunate enough to work with a vet who provides his services to us at very reasonable rates. What he loses by not charging the exorbitant rates for medicines and services, he makes up in volume, and repeat clients. Every animal coming into our shelters for adoption or fostering is altered immediately, no exceptions. I recognize that vets do incur huge student loans and cost to set up their clinics, however perhaps even some of their services could be provided at low cost through a rescue group. Low-income individuals can access these rates only through the rescue group.

    Back-yard breeders or puppy-mills are a problem everwhere. Those wanting to breed should be registered and licensed. All cities need laws/bylaws stating that pets have to be spayed/neutered. This might not end the problem however it may deter some.

  • Jesse
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    @ so mad. The SPCA WANTS to have a low cost spayed and neutering program in place, they are trying to get one. And if they had the space and resources to have a no kill animal shelter then they would. Maybe if so many people didn't abandon or mistreat their animals the SPCA would be able to have a no kill shelter. I wonder if you even read this article before posting your comments...you said: The SPCA needs to stop euthanizing animals, start spaying and neutering them and give them free to loving families Considering you just said the high cost of spaying and neutering animals yourself how do you expect the SPCA to be able to afford to do all this, how much money do you think the organization has?

  • Annoyed
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    I was very interested to find out that the SPCA was offering a new program called SNAP . I know for a fact that there is another animal organization in this province, based in St. John's that is specifically for spaying and neutering and one of there programs they have been offering for several years is called SNAP . All the animal organizations in this province do such great work and it really upsets me to see that a big organization like the SPCA would go out and be so childish, for lack of a better word STEAL another organizations program name. Is there nothing else you could think of?
    Ruff-Spots Animal Welfare Foundation has been offering spay/neuter programs for 6 years now. For such a small group of people they do amazing work, and at their last fundraiser announced that they had fixed over 260 animals to date. After 6 years of Ruff-Spots doing great work for this province, the SPCA is going to finally get a clue and get to the root of the problem. So instead of giving credit where deserved, they would rather just take credit themselves.
    Check out the original SNAP program at:
    www.ruffspots.com

  • So Mad
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    The SPCA makes me so mad. They need to have a low cost spay and neutering program put in place for anyone who needs it. It cost me $300 to spay my dog and $180 for my cat, most people can not afford this, but they are still good pet owner. As for call the SPCA or crime stoppers, I have personally made complaints to Crime Stoppers about a person beating their animal to death, they told me they were not going to pursue it because they didnt feel they could prove it since the person had disposed of the body. This person now has another animal and it is being mistreated. The SPCA needs to stop euthanizing animals, start spaying and neutering them and give them free to loving families. They can still raise money through community functions. I know if I though they were a reputable organization I would donate more then I currently do.

  • R
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    3 years that the SPCA has been waiting for Minister Dunderdale's office to meet about the Animal Protection Act? It is high time the Department of Natural Resouces revises the legislation. Ontario just updated their legislation and Newfoundland is in the dark ages. $50 for a fine - that's a joke.

  • To So Mad
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    If you feel an animal is being mistreated or know that it is and don't want to contact the SPCA, then please contact Heavenly Creatures or another animal rescue. Maybe they and you can still help this abuse stop. It's the least that you can do if you care and have given up on the SPCA.

  • Ted
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    I find it astonishing that people pay hundred of dollars for pets when there are perfectly good unwanted pets available at humane shelters. Many people have then notion that purchased pedigrees are better than mutts from the rescue groups, or, that theres some sort of problem with rescue pets. Pedigrees, by definition, are inbred animals often resulting in amplified genetic distortions. Unwanted pets often end up at shelters because their owners were: (A) irresponsible, (B) didnt know how to take care / train the animal (C) simply cast them aside like old clothes

    I have two dogs and two cats; all of them came from rescue organizations. I couldnt be happier. . Bottom line, if youre not committed to owning the animal, do the world and favor and buy a pet rock instead.