Sunday, May 23, 2010

Vote for Faces of CHANGE in the May 30th Toronto Humane Society election

And here are the reasons...hope this comes through okay, my cut 'n paste from the Faces of Change e-mail killed the lovely formatting and pictures in the original e-mail.

We’ve spoken to members on the phone and at our meet the candidates’ night. Your questions are always thoughtful and focussed on what’s best for the animals. But one comes up more than any other…

Why should you vote for the Faces of CHANGE?

Because you have to understand a problem before you can fix it.

The Toronto Humane Society has been through some tough times. And the Faces of CHANGE have been there, fighting every step of the way to help the animals in its care.

None of the candidates on the Faces of CHANGE team is with the OSPCA or the incumbent board. But we volunteered at the THS under the old board, and we continued to help the animals after the OSPCA raided the building.

We are the only team with the expertise to lead the Toronto Humane Society into the future. We want an end to old battles, and a future where the animals come first.

Veterinary Expertise
Dr. Hanna Booth
After the November raids, Dr. Hanna Booth volunteered inside the THS. Despite being 9 months pregnant, Hanna spent 14 hour days treating the more than 1,000 animals in desperate need of veterinary care.

She also reached out to suppliers and convinced them to donate over $100,000 worth of drugs and laboratory tests.

A passionate advocate for spay/neuter, Hanna takes every opportunity to speak out on behalf of the animals. Last week she was on TVO’s The Agenda, discussing the OSPCA, the THS, and the question of when to euthanize animals.

Pit Bull Rescue
Marcie Laking
If there’s a hero in this story, it’s Marcie Laking. When the cruelty was uncovered, she kept the spotlight on the shelter and the pressure on the board to make things right for the animals.

After the raid, she was in the shelter every day – cleaning cages, grooming cats, walking dogs – whatever needed to be done. But she didn’t stop there.

Marcie’s also a passionate advocate for pit bulls. She finds homes outside of Ontario for dozens of pit bulls every year. This month alone, she helped re-home six pit bull puppies. The Faces of CHANGE slate supports MPP Cheri DiNovo’s Bill 222 to repeal breed specific legislation.

Tuesday at 11am tune your radio to 89.5FM (or live stream it from to hear Marcie talk about pit bulls and animal welfare issues.

30 Years of Governance Experience
Peter Newell, BA, MA, JD

Peter Newell is an expert in corporate governance. In the last 30 years he has served on some 150 boards.

He’s a top notch corporate lawyer (with Ogilvy Renault, one of Canada’s leading firms) who works on international cases… but who’s also found time to give free legal advice to Adopt-a-Dog/Save-a-Life dog rescue – for more than 15 years.

Vote for Experience. Vote for CHANGE.

The Faces of CHANGE team is the only team with the expertise to lead the Toronto Humane Society into the future. We have experts in animal welfare and corporate governance. We have experience inside the shelter and around the boardroom table. We have contacts with rescue groups and corporate donors.

The animals don't have a voice. The animals don't have a vote. But you do. When you cast your vote, know that a vote for the Faces of CHANGE is a vote for the animals. To learn more, visit

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