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ADHS rescues 60 animals from Tosorontio home, costs to exceed $10K

January 18, 2020   ·   0 Comments

The Alliston & District Humane Society (ADHS) has taken more than 60 animals – including rabbits, cats, chickens, guinea pigs and one dog – into shelter after their owner passed away in her rural home.

Although it is unclear how long the woman (the sole resident of the dwelling) had been deceased, the ADHS and Nottawasaga OPP were alerted to the situation after a neighbour called Animal Protection on Wednesday, January 8.

Working around the clock, ADHS volunteers rescued and triaged the animals from the north Tosorontio home – bringing them into care and away from the horrible conditions in which they were found – including standing on up to 10” of their own feces.

All of the animals were in poor physical condition.

“This is certainly one of the worst situations we have seen locally, due to the condition of the animals as well as the numbers,” Jane Clarke, Vice President, Alliston & District Humane Society told The Times. “All of the rabbits are in very bad shape – feces encrusted, needing shaved and groomed.  Some wounds and frostbite and frost burn. They had been housed outside with only a tarp over hutches. All water was frozen. All of the cats are in rough shape with upper respiratory and other issues. Vet care is being provided by ADHS.”

“I’d like to emphasize that ADHS volunteers dropped everything to come out in force and remove these animals,” said Clarke. “Getting these animals triaged and settled after removal went into the night [on Thursday]

Although there has been some confusion about the role of the shelter in animal protection cases, the ADHS has no enforcement power in Ontario. 

“Had we received a call about this situation, we would have to call the [enforcement number ourselves],” said Clarke. “We have no right to investigate, go onto a home owners property or otherwise be involved unless we are asked by the owner or summoned by the OPP or the animal enforcement agency.”

After the initial rescue, volunteers returned to the home to live trap and remove an additional dozen feral cats from the property – found inside walls and in outbuildings.

An ADHS volunteer who lives in the area provided food, and water to the cats until they could all be rescued. The cats will need to spayed or neutered before being re-homed to equestrian barns.

As for the domesticated animals rescued – based on the number of animals taken into care, and their health concerns, Clarke estimates that veterinary costs could exceed $10,000.

Although some of the animals are currently at the shelter, most have been moved to foster homes due to a lack of space.

“Our boardroom is stacked, our isolation area is full and our front dog kennels are being used for rabbits,” said Clarke. “Volunteers are doing double shifts in some cases.”

The ADHS is supported solely by donations with no government funding, and they need your help. 

“Consider donating to our no kill, all volunteer organization to help with the extensive costs associated with the medical care and rehabilitation that these animals require to become healthy and adoptable,” said Clarke.

Donations can be made by credit card to:  

Cheques can be mailed to:

P.O. Box 1455, Everett Ontario LOM 1JO.  

For more information about the Alliston & District Humane Society and to follow the animals adoption status, visit them online at

To report animal abuse/cruelty, call 1-833-9-ANIMAL (264625) or visit The OPP can also be called for extreme situations.

The Shelter is open on the second and fourth Saturday of the month from noon until 4 p.m. or by appointment. For an appointment call the adoption line at 705 458-9038.

By Wendy Gabrek


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