International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems


Henderson, the Executive Director of the Toronto Humane Society, presents some comments on Dr. Ian Dunbar’s proposed strategy for dog-owner education (IJSAP 2(1):13-15, 1981). He notes that Dunbar dislikes the “irresponsible owner” descriptor, but Henderson argues that the description is appropriate. He notes that the Toronto Humane Society serves as the animal control agent for the city of Toronto, and hence they are regarded as “the law” by city residents. This perception creates a challenging dynamic between society and dog owners, and Henderson doubts that Dubars proposed strategy for dog owner education would be practical in Toronto.