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Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to "Windsor Mayor and City Council"

We must keep dogs safe during extremely cold weather.

At present it is -9C and I have just, once again witnessed a dog chained in the backyard of a house nearby. I have no idea how long it has been out but every time I pass by, there it is, barking, jumping and straining at the it's chain. Being a short hair dog, wearing no protection, with it's obviously extremely agitated and aggressive behavior, I am sure it is in considerable discomfort. I have contacted the police and the humane society who both paid the owner a visit. Besides checking the dog, and trying to counsel the owner, as you can see from the humane societies response, there is nothing, even  in this extreme cold snap to prevent the owner from keeping the animal outside for up to four hours at a time.   From the Humane Society: "It is important to remember that what people should do is different from what they must do under the law. We can provide education on the importance of bringing dogs inside in this weather, but neither provincial nor Windsor municipal law prohibit leaving your dog outside in the cold provided certain conditions are met. Those conditions include an insulated dog house, fresh water, and adequate body condition - all of which this dog has. When the legal minimums are being met we do not have any authority to take someone’s dog away. There is a municipal bylaw in Windsor that prohibits leaving a dog tethered for more than 4 hours a day. However, the penalty for breaking the by-law is a fine - there is no provision to remove the animal. Our officers have educated the owner about the by-law, and are actively following up to ensure that the limit is complied with. The owner has advised our officers that he is in the process of finishing his fence, which will eliminate the need to tether the dog at all. It’s important to note that once the fence is built, there is no law stopping the owner from leaving the dog outside 24 hours a day if he wants to, given that the legal minimums for an insulated shelter, etc are already being met. I understand that this situation is upsetting to see. Our protection officers and I also have dogs who dislike being outside in this cold, and can’t imagine wanting to leave them outside for hours. But we can only enforce the laws our governments have passed, not the ones we would like to see. Regardless of if there is one complaint from you, or 10 complaints from people who contact me because you ask them to, we still can only enforce the laws that exist."                                                                The signers of this petition are requesting that this issue be placed on the agenda of the next council meeting, with an immediate debate and vote  undertaken to amend the bylaw with the provision that when the temperature falls to extreme levels (1) A dog cannot be kept out for longer then 15 minutes. (2) With the provision that the humane society can remove the dog from it's owner if he or she is in violation. Leaving a pet to suffer in a locked car in the heat of the summer is not allowed, with citizens and first res ponders freely breaking  the car windows to save the animal if necessary. Yet, when a dog is left to suffer in the extreme cold the law prohibits the police, the humane society and citizens from taking direct action to help the animal. It makes no sense that dogs are protected from extreme heat while there seems to be no protection given to them for extreme cold. This must change!    

Howard Weeks
81,517 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Juli Balinsky, Judy Sauve, michele peddle, nicole selby, irene valmas

Therapy dogs for individuals

I am 18 years old and have been suffering from PTSD, severe panic attack disorder, clinical depression, and Ontario's worst diagnosed anxiety in the past 19 years. Like many others, I suffer alone, and even though myself and many others are on the way to recovery, an extra hand is needed. Mental illnesses can be debilitating to the point where we can't work. Whether it's as a student trying to graduate, launching a career, or even maintaining a part time job. Children, teenagers, and adults who suffer with mental illnesses/disabilities, need more care than doctors or nurses, sometimes even family; because no one will understand them better than a furry friend. There isn't more comfort in the world than someone who doesn't judge you, who loves you, and wants to take care of you. A dog does just that, they don't care about your appearance, your ability to talk, they are there to be a best friend, they are there to be your light when the darkness becomes too much. “No one wants to talk about how unrelenting it can be. How simple tasks can feel like climbing a mountain.” “The guilt... for letting people down, for being such a burden and annoyance, for not being productive… the list is never-ending and overwhelming. The guilt is a constant for me.” “You never hear about the fact that there isn’t a break. People who have mental illness and their loved ones are always in one of two states: either working through a low point or trying to arrange their lives to minimize the trauma of the next impending one.” “The loneliness.” "No one seems to talk about just how expensive treatment can be. Treatment is being recommended in the media, I’m told help is out there, but it’s taking a lot of energy to find — energy I don’t have.” “Mental illness is more than depression or anxiety. It can mean loss of social networks, loss of income and loss of respect from your peers. Most of all, it means not being sure of what you can accomplish.” I truly believe that there will be more success in others' lives including my own if we are able to have certified therapy dogs to help individuals suffering along with their families. I need help to get help. Let's make a change. Please share and support this petition. Benefits: Helps people overcome speech disorders: People with dysarthria lack muscle coordination in speech movement. Therapy dogs can help with this by increasing the attention span and improving coordination. Anxiety relief: Therapy dogs can help patients suffering from disorders such as anxiety, severe disruptive behavioural disorder, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder).  Studies have shown that when we touch dogs, it has a healing power because hormones like dopamine and beta-endorphin are released. Encourage communication: Dogs have a wonderful way of connecting with people by putting them at ease. Dogs can sense human vocalization and gestures. It’s been shown that people who have difficulty communicating often find it easier to do so with a dog, due to their ability to listen but not respond or criticize. Help with autistic children: Dogs give something to talk about between autistic children and their parents. They provide a non-judgemental medium to communicate and have a common area of interest while also allowing them to benefit from the aforementioned ability to encourage communication. Physiological benefits: Therapy dogs can reduce blood pressure and help the patient relax in a more comfortable setting. A dog’s sense of touch can automatically send a positive receptor, such as a warm sensation between the human and animal. This is a rewarding way to calm the patient who may suffer from anxiety. Helps around household: Therapy dogs are certified trained to retrieve medication for the patient, answer the doorbell, and to respond quickly to a smoke detector if the patient is unresponsive. These dogs are called animal- assisted therapy trained dogs Promotes socializing: A study by Harvard shows that dogs are not only good companions themselves, they can also help create human-to-human friendships and social support, both of which are good for long-term health. People with dogs are 60% more likely to meet new people!

Sarah Magnan
47 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Town of Osoyoos

Opposing the Closure/Relocation of the Osoyoos Off-Leash Dog Park

The Osoyoos Off-Leash Dog Park was created by the Town of Osoyoos in the Summer of 2012. It had been celebrated and well used in the past 5 years!  At the Osoyoos Off-Leash Dog Park there is ideal parking, maintence, space for large and small breeds of dogs, some shade and a water source.  It's is also away from children/playground, as well as roads or loud noises.  It is like it's own little community within Osoyoos B.C. People there support one another, keep one another updated about visits/things happening, and share personal connections with one another.  It's an amazing place to meet locals as well as tourists/people visiting from out of town!  In June 2017, the Osoyoos Minor Baseball Association proposed that the Dog Park be closed and relocated to make space for the teams/tournaments. The potential replacement Off-Leash Dog Park would be at Kismen Park (across from Rattlesnake Canyon), which is a Dog Park/Children's Playground, this is great for people who bring their children as well. Unfortunately this space is not well kept as there is dog feces left often, there are children playing there, making it unsuitable for people who have large dogs/don't know children. It's almost an accident waiting to happen with the amount of people/dogs that currently use the Osoyoos Off-Leash Dog Park.  Currently there is a written petition binder at the Osoyoos Off-Leash Dog Park opposing the closure/relocation: All information I shared in the binder: OMBA Proposal Osoyoos Times: Grand Opening TOO: Grand Opening Osoyoos Times: Pages 110-113: Town Council: Approaching Council: Gerald Davis & other town staff: 

Elizabeth Burnett
411 supporters