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21 May, 2014

CAAN annual general meeting

by Barb @ 4:45 pm

CAAN annual general meeting is on Monday June 9, 2014, at 7 p.m. at 7 ST. Julien Dr. St. Catharines
all welcome

10 December, 2012

city council meeting tonite

by Barb @ 11:44 am

St. Catharines City Councillor Mat Siscoe is bringing a motion on Monday, December 10, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, in an attempt to compel the Lincoln County Humane Society to adopt an open membership policy for residents and taxpayers who wish to be a part of the organization they are funding. Dr. Brad Davis will address council on the desirability of this motion. Let us pack council chambers that evening to support Councillor Siscoe and Dr. Davis.

Background: The Lincoln County Humane Society has the most restrictive membership application process of all the humane societies in Ontario. More than 75 people have applied for membership since late September 2012, and the LCHS directors have thus far refused to consider any of these applications, despite having the opportunity to do so during two subsequent board meetings.

In fact, membership chair Ed Klassen proposed a motion, seconded by board member Christine Probst, to “defer” all applications until July 2013 and refund all application fees–a motion tantamount to a denial of the applications. The board clearly wants to deny the new applicants a voice in how the LCHS operates. If you are a taxpayer, you are supporting a $500,000 annual contract with the LCHS to provide animal control and humane services. If you believe that you should have a voice in how the LCHS is run, please apply for membership, and attend the city council meeting on December 10 to show council that you want the LCHS to become a democratic organization.

please come out and show your support if you can, for a no kill st catharines

10 November, 2012

upcoming meetings listed on no kill st catharines facebook page

by Barb @ 8:48 am

the mandate of CAAN is to promote the no kill philosophy , and i’d like to encourage everyone to attend the following meetings

Kate MacDonald, OSPCA CEO, will be making an anti-no kill presentation to City council Monday, Nov. 12, in an effort to defend the Lincoln County Humane Society and confuse City politicians about the true successes of the No Kill Equation.

Please come out and fill up the gallery. Show our civic leaders that the community
supports No Kill solutions.

No Kill St Catharines is hosting a public meeting, November 2oth at 7:30 pm. The meeting will be held at the Russell Avenue Community Center, 108 Russell Avenue, St. Catharines, ON, L2R 7N5.

Speakers include Bill LeFeuvre, Director of Development, No Kill Nation, Inc., and Tom Manney, Vice-President, LCHS Board of Directors.

Topics will include No Kill myths and facts, as well as current board
and management issues at the Lincoln County Humane Society. Time will be allotted for a Q&A session to address any questions and concerns from the community.

Please join us. Bring a friend, family member or neighbor. And share this message so that more people are aware. This is how we will effect change at the shelter. Come speak out for those who cannot.

and the Lincoln County Humane Society Board meeting is scheduled for November 21st.
please keep informed and attend what you can,


do you support a no kill shelter

by Barb @ 8:00 am

This is a shared post from the St. Catharines Standard. They are asking readers if you support a no-kill shelter. Why and why not?

A selection of reader responses will appear in the Nov. 13 Regional section, which runs in The Standard, Niagara Falls Review and Welland Tribune.

Please follow this link and post your comments in support a No Kill community:

i’ll copy the letter i sent, please end your own in and spread the word

The question is do we want a no kill shelter in St. Catharines. My answer is yes yes yes. My reasons will be told in some stories that come to mind.

I understand a shelter’s options are limited only by imagination. I can quote the magical Ghandi, ‘be the change.’

I bounce the ball from the mere choice of criticism to what have I done to work toward solutions, that says I am part of the caring public, and we have an amazing caring public.

Let me start with something written in the book Tribes, We need you to lead us, by Seth Godin. The scenario he describes is from the I Love Lucy episode ( I loved watching the fabulous Lucille Ball ) where Lucy and Ethel are working on a candy assembly line. The candies move along faster and faster, and they panic, and start stuffing the truffles into their mouths.

This is a management problem Seth says, because managers manage a process. Leadership is about creating change that you believe in. He goes onto say , leaders have followers, managers have employees. Leaders use passion and ideas to lead people, as oppossed to using threats and beaucracy to manage them.

So the caring public ( I included) are taking an interest and we are on the cusp of social change, a very worthy change . In the book Irreconcilable Differences, ” Imagine if Child Protective Services took in abused, abandoned and unwaated children – then killed them.. We should no more tolerate it for animals.

To quote from The Ten Steps to Adopting your way out of killing, from the No Kill advocacy centre, ” In fact, we are not aware of any shelter /pound going from a culture of killing to a culture of lifesaving without turnover in management and staff. ”

Watch the Starfleet training exercise called the Kaboyashi Maru, where they train new recruits with the exercise to see how they would react in a no win situation. When someone offers you a no-win scenario to justify killing, don’t play the game. It is rigged against you. You have to refuse, like Captain Kirk, to give in to no-win scenarios by redefining the problem.

Rooted in my reality are some amazing people who save lives. They do it because they are committed to do it. I’ve had the privelage of witnessing and learning. I’ve seen people with the ‘gift’ of caring for teeny weeny kittens who cling to life. Puppies with deadly illness who were given a chance, and made it , with the help of round the clock care from dedicated people. A mistreated pup who was like brain dead, was given time and a chance. Some home cooked sloppy soup made by a special woman and round the clock care by a team of people, and slowly this little boy has become an exceptional retriever.
It fills me with such joy to witness him living. ( and thank the professional lady who gave him a chance, just because it was the right thing to do . I’ve witnessed the community this summer rally to search for a border collie. He was found. They started a facebook page to help others find their pets.
There is soooo much more I could say, but I’ll just say one more.

A Little girl, who could barely breathe, was without an owner, near tragedy was awaiting her and it wasn’t to end that way. Someone cared enough to take a chance, got involved, cared enough to give her a chance, did i say that already,they took a risk, and it came out right. She’s better , breathing freely, and has a squiggly wiggly impressive wave of a gesture to those who she has come to know. Her human friends. ( She is looking for a special home to call her own)

I just recently watched, with tears, a Utube video. The crowd had an initial response to Susan Boyle as she took to the stage for her audition on Britan has talent. She opened her mouth and sang I dreamed a dream, and tears just happened for me.

The tears happened for me when I watched the Netherland Horse Rescue , when the horses moved through the water to safety.

Seth says in his book, ‘ generous and authentic leadership will always defeat the selfish efforts of someone doing it just because he/she can.’

From the book Redemption, ” and we are not part of the same movement today.. No Kill advocates , on the one hand, and kill-oriented traditionalists, on the other, are on a collision course. “…This is the ongoing and evolving story of animal sheltering in the United States, a movement that was born of compassion and then lost its way. It is the story of the No Kill movement, which says we can and must stop the killing. It is about a social movement as noble and just as those that have come before. Above all, it is a story about believing in the community and trusting in the power of compassion.

I am part of the public, I want to do my best, and I vote yes. I would be baffled to understand why we wouldn’t want to do better.

Barb Dvernechuk,
member of Community Animal Allies of Niagara.

4 November, 2012

The Facebook link to

by Barb @ 11:13 am

to visit no kill st catharines on facebook here is the link

No Kill St Catharines

National ANimal Shelter Reform Week

by Barb @ 11:10 am

Know that this week is National Animal Shelter Reform Week,
the following is taken from the No Kill Advocacy website in the United States founder Nathan WInograd.:

In fact, the first time many animals experience abuse and neglect is in the very institutions which are supposed to protect them from it….

National Animal Shelter Reform Week is designed to confront the tragic truth about how most shelters in this country operate and to increase public awareness about how animal lovers can fight back and reform them. Despite the uphill battle many shelter reformers face, they are succeeding through ingenuity, perseverance, and because the American public, which loves animals, is on their side. The No Kill Advocacy Center would like to support their reform campaigns and honor their tireless effort.

Every day during National Animal Shelter Reform Week, the first full week of every November, the No Kill Advocacy Center will confront poor and neglectful conditions at shelters around the country and contrast them with progressive and innovative No Kill shelters. We will also honor No Kill activists working to end the systematic killing of animals, so that others can be inspired by their efforts. Finally, we will strive to give animal advocates the tools they need to succeed.

I was at the meeting of the LCHS which didn’t happen in October. I’d like to share that this website has excellent information about achieving a No Kill Community and that it is achievable. On behalf of Community Animal Allies of Niagara, I’d like to send our support.
to the No Kill St. Catharines on Facebook
thanks Barb

20 October, 2012

no kill philosopy and Kaboyashi Maru

by Barb @ 8:13 am

there has been alot of discussions and i find myself wanting to not get lost in the labels of hiding behind definitions and what has come to mind is best said by nathan winograd which i’ll quote from the no kill advocacy site:

“Welcome to the Kaboyashi Maru, the no-win scenario.

The Kobayashi Maru is a test in Star Trek. It is a Starfleet training exercise designed to test cadets at Starfleet Academy as to how they would react in a no-win scenario. In other words, no one survives the Kobayashi Maru and it was specifically designed that way, by then-Commander Spock. But cadet James T. Kirk beats it because he reprograms it. In other words, he redefines the problem. And just like Kirk, if we are going to win the no-win hypothetical which is set up to “prove” the impossibility of No Kill, we too have to redefine the problem.

It is not uncommon for those who kill animals to offer their own Kaboyashi Maru hypotheticals because they do not want an answer, they do not want assistance, and they do not want real solutions to real problems. In other words, the person who sent this was not really interested in finding out what to do, but to “prove” No Kill was impossible: they already do everything, they try everything, but nothing works, no one cares, and killing is inevitable. What they want is absolution for the failure to save lives and I won’t give it.”
and he goes on to say “In short, I beat the Kobayashi Maru. And so can you, each and every time, if you take a cue from Captain Kirk.

When someone offers you a no-win scenario to justify killing, don’t play the game. It is rigged against you. You have to refuse, like Captain Kirk, to give in to no-win scenarios by redefining the problem.

i’ll write more on this soon as we need to stop the killing, it is our community and people are wanting to do better and we need to do better.! a 70% kill rate at our humane society is not good enough!

Ride for Refuge

by Barb @ 8:05 am

thanks for all the support in the ride for refuge. and our waterloo riders too. we are accepting donations until the end of october to meet our goal we need $2000 more.

19 August, 2012

Candlelight Vigil at Charmin’s Place

by Barb @ 10:42 pm

We held the candlelight vigil at Charmin’s Place on Sat August 18. I want to send a BIG thanks to everyone for all the cat food donations we received. We were honored to have other groups participate in the vigil with speeches by PC Ferals, ( thanks Kristi via Janet) by NAFA ( thanks Kim ), a special announcement by board member Mary Lou from the Lincoln County Humane Society that will greatly benefit the animals in the Niagara Region, and our thanks to acknowledge all the work and support from Pet Valu Glendale owners Donna And Dale and a particularly touching speech given by Dr. Julia Murray.

We were also quite privelaged to view the first cut edition of the play we filmed, Our adapted version entitled ‘Just a dog’, based on Animal Aid USA’s pet club presentation written by Donna Swajeski which was inspired by Karen Talbot and the MOMS rescue .Animal Aid have the amazing Grace caravan, and continue to do fantastic work monthly to save the lives of animals.

We also had a viewing of the one minute submission we filmed for The Ride For Refuge. We are riding (bikes) to raise money for our pet retention program , on Sat Sept 29, 2012. For more info , to ride, to sponsor, to donate, please see

thanks to all ( and a special thanks to Denis because i can’t seem to shake the image of my dog Hailey running with Dennis at the other end of the leash) it makes me smile.

22 April, 2012

thanks to volunteers

by Barb @ 8:34 am

The 2012 Volunteer of the year awards have been presented as part of Volunteer Appreciation Week April 15-21st.

I’d like to express on behalf of CAAN , our thanks to all our volunteers. As quoted by our Mayor Brian McMullan , “Volunteers are the unsung heroes in our city who demonstrate such commitment, dedication and community spirit when donating their time. These individuals truly make a difference and the recognition of their contributions is well-deserved.”
A big huge thank you to all who made the spring bazaar this past weekend a success, and a BIG Thanks to our organizers Nancy and Janet.(Charlie the feral cat, says thanks meow too!)

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