Sault Humane Society Responds to TAAG Story


The following statement was issued by the Sault Ste. Marie Humane Society regarding a published story on the state of the volunteer The Animal Assistance Group, TAAG.


Additional Response from the Humane Society – To clarify a comment made below, it is not the Humane Society’s intention to make anyone look bad.  We issued a response to make it known that we are offering our assistance to an issue that has just been brought to our attention. The Humane Society is an independent registered charity with no affiliation with the OSPCA that is referenced in the article and, we are therefore not made aware of concerns that are reported to them.  Hopefully this dialogue will result in information being shared that results in these poor cats getting the care they need and deserve.

The Sault Ste. Marie Humane Society was deeply saddened to hear about these 6 cats that have been left without the comfort and safety of a home and deeply regret that this matter was not reported to us.

As a humane society, we are here to help all animals in our community and area and have been doing so for more than 100 years.  As the contracted Animal Control & Shelter Services provider for the City of Sault Ste. Marie, matters related to cat and dog by-laws should be reported to us.

We have both the physical and financial resources to provide immediate care for these cats and have reached out once again to Cheryl Alberta to offer our assistance.  At the time of submitting this to SaultOnline, we have not received a reply.  The shelter can be reached at 705-949-3573 seven days a week during business hours and after hours for emergencies.


  1. Let’s get back to helping the animals( cats in this case) Please stop pointing fingers and help the animals. It is a shame that these two agencies ,cannot share info would save a lot of headaches , lost time and energy, needless suffering of animals due to miscommunication and assuming! Thank you for all you do ! Here’s hoping things will soon be looking up, for these felines. No animal should be left outside to freeze in the cold!

  2. To clarify I called the local SPCA in Sault Marie and have not called the 310-OSPCA which will be calling today with the complete address, meanwhile they are being fed and have outside closures for warmth. Meanwhile making negative comments about each organizations is not the answer. At the end of the day, we are working for the same goal.

  3. What?! The fact that the OSPCA does not inform the Humane Society and vice versa just adds to the problem! In fact, I called the Humane Society not long ago about an abused animal, and they put me in touch with the OSPCA officer that handled the situation. So how is it that they don’t communicate? Did the officer take the dog home with her, or bring it to the humane society? I would think the Humane Society would expect information, considering they work in conjunction with each other, and where else is the officer to bring an injured or abused animal, do they have their own shelter? This doesn’t make sense. Poor animals. If the ‘professionals’ in charge, who get funding, aren’t streamlining this whole process then shame on all of you.

  4. TAGG said right in the article that they DID report it….” I called the OSPCA rep here locally and let her know what is happening. A neighbor of the man has been feeding them (cats) as best they can.” So why are you trying to make them look bad Humane Society? Does the rep she phoned not report info to you??

  5. Direct quote from the TAGG article “I called the OSPCA rep here locally and let her know what is happening.” Why are you saying it wasn’t reported to you??

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