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Miracle cat survives. Charity needs help

September 4th, 2009, 01:33 PM
1500 Royal York Rd., Suite E, Etobicoke, Ontario M9P 3B6
416-249-6100;; Registered Charity #131167629RR0001
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….And Etobicoke Humane Society Needs Your Support….

August 31, 2009 - (Etobicoke) – “Layla” is nothing short of a miracle cat. Layla fell 22 stories from an Etobicoke-area apartment building, and survived, breaking both of her front legs. Yet the owners – who took Layla to a vet clincic after the fall – failed to return Layla for the required surgery.

According to Etobicoke Humane Society Cruelty Officer, Jerry Higgins, “This case has been a horrific ordeal for the poor cat, and extremely frustrating for our investigators!. We were contacted when the owners failed to take the cat for surgery. We sent a cruelty officer to the home with an order for vet treatment, but the owners failed to comply.” Continued Higgins, “When it was clear the owners were refusing to provide the required medical treatment for Layla, we needed to get custody of the cat in order to ensure that she got proper veterinary care. We had to get two warrants in order to do so; the first was unsuccessful, but with the service of the 2nd warrant, we were able to take Layla. And throughout the time it took to go through the legal proceedings, this cat was suffering and going without proper care. We’re so thankful we finally got legal custody of Layla, and could arrange the care and attention she desperately needed.”

Etobicoke Humane Society President -William Blain - said “As soon as we got custody of Layla, we got her to the vet for surgery, which involved re-breaking one of her legs, and re-setting it. The other leg had already begun to heal on its own. This poor animal endured such pain and stress that it’s a miracle she survived.”

Blain is appealing to the community for financial help with Layla’s vet Bills. It’s our mission to rescue and care for animals, and we’re honoured to do it. But as an all-volunteer charity, we have to depend on the community to help us help animals. Layla’s vet bills are now in excess of $5,000 (five thousand dollars). In addition, she’s a bit of a special-needs cat, as she’s a very sensitive eater, and thus far has a very restricted diet. We really need the help of the community to cover some or all of these bills. We have many animals to take care of, and the reality is that we’ll be dealing with even more cruelty cases and related large vet bills in the near future.”

If you would like to donate to the Etobicoke Humane Society to help cover Layla’s costs, and/or for general financial support,

Make cheques or money orders payable to: Etobicoke Humane Society, and send to: Etobicoke Humane Society, 1500 Royal York Road, Suite E, Etobicoke, Ontario M9P 3B6.

You can also drop off your donations at the Etobicoke Humane Society Monday thru Friday, during the hours of 10 am to 12:30 pm, or 1:30 pm till 4 pm.

If you prefer to pay by VISA or Mastercard, please visit, click on “Ways to Donate” and proceed…or use your credit card in person at the EHS office.

For more information, contact the Etobicoke Humane Society at 416-249-6100.

The Etobicoke Humane Society reminds high-rise building dwellers that many animals are injured each year in falls from hi-rise buildings. EHS offers the following tips: 1) Install snug-fitting, sturdy window screens.; 2) Make sure adjustable screens are tightly wedged into window frames; 3) Never leave un-screened windows open; even screens with loose or torn screens are dangerous; 4) Cats can easily fit through the bars of childproof guards, so use screens as well.; 5) If your cat falls, assume he has survived and immediately rush him to the nearest animal hospital. There is a 90-percent survival rate for feline high-rise victims who are given immediate medical attention. 6) Follow these precautions even if your apartment is on the first or second floor of your building. Shorter falls may prove more dangerous since they don't give cats enough time to adjust their body posture to land correctly.

Links to related newspaper articles
Toronto Sun

Toronto Star

Etobicoke Guardian (This link has glitches; if you don't immediately see the picture and story, then in the "search" bar near top of the web page, type in "Etobicoke Humane Society". Then on the left side of that result, you'll see "Cat Rescued After Hi-Rise Fall."On the left side of the page you may also see a small photo link titled "Etobicoke. Vet Bills Mounting for Rescued Cat."
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September 20th, 2009, 01:55 AM
Will the former owners be prosecuted for cruelty? What will happen to them? I'm glad the cat is going to be o.k. What a little survivor!

September 25th, 2009, 11:34 PM
How can you leave an animal in pain like that? Surely the vet would have taken payments.

September 26th, 2009, 10:25 AM
You wouldn't believe how many people actually do. It's digusting. I hope, expecially that the City of Toronto residents open up their pockets. Alot says about how much people love the field that they are in and in a non profit setting. I can guarantee TAS, would not go to that extent,to give a second chance. Funny how a non profit organization goes the extra mile, while a organization that gets millions each year from the government takes the easy way out.