The Ontario SPCA invites its supporters to the Ontario SPCA blog, a weekly journal of news, adoption stories, and more. The mission of this blog is to educate and inform its readers of valuable information pertaining to the organization and the communities in which we operate, as well as knowledge about the wildlife and pets in them. In addition to this, I will be sharing some of my own personal stories about pet ownership, and the trials and tribulations (as most pet owners know) that come with it.
My affinity for animals goes as far back as I can remember, having ridden my first pony at the Metro Toronto Zoo around age three. I have owned fish, cats, dogs and horses, not to mention some interesting encounters with pigs, donkies, sheep, cows and even a pair of young Alpacas! My current animal companions include Jersey (our three-year old husky-cross), Spiker (my 11-year old Thoroughbred horse with one eye) and The-Fish-Who-Has-No-Name, a goldfish that is miraculously three years old and still going strong. My animals are a big part of my life, as I’m sure yours are too. They can certainly be a challenge at times, however I can’t imagine my life without them.
The first order of business on this blog to is clarify an important aspect of discussing animals here, which will be focusing on animal welfare. Animal welfare is defined as a the responsibility of people to observe and protect all aspects of animal well-being, including housing, nutrition, disease prevention, responsible care and humane handling of both wildlife and domestic animals. This vastly differs from the animal rights movement, which advocates that animals should be legally and socially treated as equals to humans, and should not be kept as pets or otherwise used for the benefit of people.
Thank you for taking the time to be a part of the Ontario SPCA’s first leap into the world of blogging, and I look forward to sharing the first of many entries on our furry friends.
As I am typing this, Jersey is doing her best to assist me. My laptop is on my knees, and her paws are on my stomach, head on my arm and staring at the words at they appear on the screen, blocking my use of the tab button.
This is my first problem…whatever happened to the rule in my household about no dogs on the bed?
Hats off to you
To all kind-hearted and hard-working people at SPCA: hats off to you. I love animals and admire the work you do.