There has been a tremendous outpouring of support for the little beagles from the VSTEP programme in Guelph. We have been in touch with a number of people who sound like ideal adoptive families, so many that we are confident the staff at the Central Animal Facility (CAF) will be able to find homes for them all. We hear from potential adopters that CAF staff have responded promptly to phone calls. They will screen applicants and arrange for interviews. We want to thank the CAF staff for making sure the beagles find loving, permanent homes.
If anyone is still interested in adopting an animal from the University, please feel free to call CAF Animal Care Technician Annette Morrison at 1-519-824-4120 ext: 54308 for more information. There are other animals who are up for adoption and are in need of a second chance.
The University has made significant advances by no longer purchasing lost pets from pounds and shelters and by agreeing to recover these 10 beagles. We encourage the University to continue with their progress by ending live terminal surgeries during the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree programme at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). We have been contacted by a number of veterinarians who are excited by the prospect of change, not just at VSTEP but at the OVC as well. We all eagerly await the University's decision.
As an aside, if you are in the Guelph area and would like to help, the Central Animal Facility also has a volunteer programme for those interesting in spending time with the animals. To find out more about their dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig and rat volunteer programs, contact them at 519- 824-4120 Ext. 54311. As well, there are many volunteer opportunities available to you at the OVC Teaching Hospital. For more information visit http://www.ovc.uoguelph.ca/future/dvm/volunteer/
Again, on behalf of the the beagles and from all of us at Animal Alliance, THANK YOU!!!
Liz and the Animal Alliance crew
416-462-9541 ext: 23