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July 7

Improve the Quality of Life of Animals in our Community with the Toledo Humane Society

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The word humane by definition is characterized by kindness, mercy, and compassion although it's also a term with multiple meanings pertaining to different branches of learning. Being humane by nature is having feelings and inclinations towards tenderness in treating other human beings and animals with benevolence and respect. On the other hand, the word Toledo is defined as "a finely tempered sword" that's handcrafted in a region of Spain. 

These terms and definitions spell out exactly what the Toledo Humane Society stands for in their ongoing fight for the welfare of animals in Ohio. As a matter of fact, it's the state's oldest, private, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving the Toledo area and beyond since 1884 and:

  • Cares for over 5,000 animals annually through life-saving programs and services
  • Investigates and responds to more than 2,000 animal cruelty reports every year
  • Receives no funding from other humane organizations or the government
  • Relies on the generosity of individuals and corporate supporters to fund their programs and services

A Brief History of Humane Animal Treatment

There's evidence suggesting dogs were first domesticated about 14,000 years ago in Asia and cats were revered as royalty by the ancient Egyptians as noted in their many drawings and hieroglyphics. The humane animal movement in America began in the mid-to-late 1800s when kindness to animals wasn't a common consideration as it was believed they were put on earth to be useful for humans including being used for hard labor and transportation.

The first animal control activities involved clearing city streets of stray dogs by shooting or drowning the animals. During the 1850s and 1860s, as many as 300 dogs were killed in New York City each day. Draft horses were commonly overworked and underfed which led Henry Bergh to found the first protection agency for animals in 1866 known as the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). This paved the way for more organizations like the Toledo Humane Society whose purpose was to protect animals.

Purpose, Vision, and Values

The purpose of the Toledo Humane Society is their belief "in improving the quality of life for the animals and people in our community." They strive to create an educated, caring, and responsible environment that's free from animal abuse and neglect. The Toledo Humane Society is committed to the welfare of pets by promoting a healthy bond between humans and their animal companions. Their endeavors include:

  • Advocating for animals who cannot speak for themselves
  • Preventing cruelty to animals with intervention when necessary
  • Providing temporary shelter, food, and care for animals who are seeking permanent forever homes
  • Educating the community about responsible care, training and the correlation between animal cruelty and abuse

The Toledo Humane Society believes in providing the very best possible care for animals under their watch and in our communities. Their philosophy and values embrace a core belief system that includes some of their many attributes. From care and compassion to dignity and respect, health and safety are all high on their list of priorities with people and their pets.

The Toledo Humane Society has an open-door policy where no animal at risk for abuse, neglect, or abandonment is turned away.  They believe all acts of cruelty, neglect, and abandonment should be investigated where the quality of life for animals is improved through either education or legal intervention. They also believe it's their responsibility to provide leadership in passing further and future legislation to protect all animals including our beloved pets.

Here at Buckeye Broadband, we're proud to support many local charities in our community including the Toledo Humane Society. As avid animal lovers, we invite everyone to donate their time and monetary support to this worthwhile non-profit organization. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram, or contact us today for more information on how you can help. 

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