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October 28, 2011
Toronto Animal Services receives prestigious award for pet adoption programs
  
The Summit for Urban Animal Strategies has recognized the City of Toronto's Animal Services with a 2011 Summit for Urban Strategies Award in the "Animal Homing" category.

The award recognizes an organization that demonstrates innovation, commitment and extraordinary effort in "homing" animals through adoption, partnership and fostering programs. The award was presented October 21 at the 2011 Summit for Urban Animal Strategies held in Montebello, Quebec.

"Toronto Animal Services staff have developed strong community and industry partnerships that have resulted in significant increases in pet adoptions to permanent homes," said Councillor Cesar Palacio (Ward 17 Davenport), Chair of the Licensing and Standards Committee. "It's keeping the number of animals living in shelters at a responsible, manageable and cost-effective level."

Some of the partnerships, programs and promotions Toronto Animal Services has established include:
• Using off-site pet adoption partners, such as Petsmart, Pet Valu and veterinarian clinics across the Greater Toronto Area.
• Expanding the local network of pet adoption partners to include organizations such as the Toronto Humane Society, Speaking of Dogs and Toronto Cat Rescue.
• Establishing a dog transfer-in program that brings dogs from other communities outside Toronto where dog over-population is an issue and finds homes for them in Toronto. This program enables Animal Services to offer a greater number and selection of adoptable dogs, which better serves customers and raises Animal Services' profile as a pet adoption agency.
• Using innovative adoption campaigns.

Toronto Animal Services has steadily increased its number of animal adoptions every year for the last six years by expanding adoption partnerships in the community and by using innovative ad campaigns. The increase is approximately 37 per cent for cats and dogs from 2005 to 2010. Cat adoptions have gone from adopting 2,166 cats in 2005 to 2,961 in 2010. Dog adoptions have gone from 745 dogs in 2005 to 1,034 in 2010.

The City of Toronto congratulates the Toronto Humane Society for its 2011 Summit on Urban Strategies award - in the Community Compliance category - for the Trap, Neuter and Release program.

Pets up for adoption can be viewed at http://www.toronto.ca/animalservices.

About the Summit Urban Animal Strategies
An initiative of PetLynx Corporation and its industry partners, the Summit for Urban Animal Strategies (SUAS) is a gathering of executive-level leaders from all four sectors of the companion animal industry - animal control/legislation, animal health/wellness, animal welfare and animal services. The summit is designed to enable participants to advance state-of-the-art urban animal strategies and implement these strategies in their communities. The 2011 Summit Award winners are determined by current SUAS delegates and alumni in good standing, who cast their ballots via a confidential computerized voting system.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Bruce Hawkins
Senior Communications Coordinator
416-392-3496
bhawkin@toronto.ca

 

 

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