Every year thousands of animals are purchased by research facilities from municipal pounds and used for experimental purposes. They are subjected to a life of pain and suffering and eventually killed. Between 2012 and 2015, 2045 lost or abandoned dogs and 4813 lost or abandoned cats were sent from municipal pounds in Ontario to research laboratories. According to the Canadian Council on Animal Care, 5,892 cats and 10,096 dogs were sold from pounds to research laboratories across Canada in 2013.
Pound release is the sale or release of dogs and cats from pounds or shelters to a research, testing, or educational laboratories. The Ontario Animals For Research Act governs this practice, which makes Ontario the only province in all of Canada where pound release is mandated.
The story of a dog named Royal is a disturbing example of what could happen to companion animals. Royal was a loved, elderly dog who lived his entire life with his human companion, Laurie Bishop. One sad day, Royal wandered off his property. Someone found him and took him to the local pound, thinking this friendly dog would be safe and even expressed an interest in adopting him. Instead, the pound sold him, illegally, to a research facility.
Quebec and Ontario are the largest users of dogs and cats for experimental purposes. Please help us amend the Animals for Research Act to ban the use of lost pets from Ontario municipal pounds and shelters from animal experimentation and to ban the import of lost, stray or abandoned pets for experimentation from Quebec and other provinces in Canada.
How You Can Help
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Educate Yourself and protect your pets
i) Make sure that your pets wear identification and that their microchip information is current.
ii) Know where lost pets are sheltered in your community and how long you have to reclaim them before they are put up for adoption, sold to research or euthanized.
iii) Read our flyer “Is Your Pet in Danger?“
iv) To learn who looks after lost pets in your municipality, click here for a list of Ontario municipal animal service providers.
Contact the Premiers and speak out!
We need to keep the pressure on the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, and the Honourable Philippe Couillard, Premier of Quebec, to bring in legislation banning the use of lost pets in research. So please, mail and call them. Hand-written letters are best but you can also print our petition to Premier Kathleen Wynne or use our form below.
Honourable Kathleen Wynne
Premier of Ontario
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A1
Honourable Philippe Couillard
Province de Québec
Conseil Exécutif, Édifice Honoré Mercier
835, boul. René-Lévesque est, 3e étage,
Québec, QC G1A 1B4