Credit: Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals for HSI
Canada Bound: One Ending Leads to a New beginning For Two Lucky Husky DogS
Toronto Canada - Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport was the final stop on what has been a long and at sometimes dangerous journey for two Husky dogs. Lucy and Loki were part of a group of 13 animals rescued from an abandoned zoo in Aleppo Syria. Their at times clandestine journey took them through the borders of Syria, Turkey and Jordan.
A brief stay in Amman and onward to Canada and a new home.
Well known businessman and journalist Eric Margolis was instrumental in privately backing the first leg of this odyssey, recalling that:
“Among the 13 captive shell-shocked animals that we rescued two months ago from war-torn Aleppo were two strapping husky dogs. These dogs had undergone the same miseries and fear as the other animals trapped in cages as battles raged around them.
Four Paws International, the superb animal rescue charity, managed to rescue these dogs along with the lions, tigers, bears and hyenas also trapped”
Margolis’s ongoing support allowed the dogs to receive much needed medical care before being flown to Canada.
On arrival in Toronto Margolis’ Canadian based foundation went into high gear to see that the dogs were welcomed and looked after.
Care was handed over to Ontario based animal charity Team Dog Rescue , who will oversee the next chapter for Lucy and Loki.
“Whatever medical needs they have will be dealt with and a canine expert for socialization will help ensure that Lucy and Loki are soon ready for adoption with a loving family. The Eric S. Margolis Family Foundation’s goal is to help animals in distress. It is something I want to do and will do for as long as I can. Team work across borders, continents and oceans brought all of the original Aleppo 13 to safety and new lives.”
Next up is a Canadian winter, the best place for two brave huskies.
Born out of a love of animals, humanity and nature, THE ERIC S. MARGOLIS FAMILY FOUNDATION has been established to support and nurture these vital elements.
The mandate of the foundation is threefold:
- To support organizations worldwide, who provide a natural sanctuary for abused, neglected and abandoned animals, both wild and domesticated.
- To support the advocacy work of organizations worldwide, who rally for more stringent animal cruelty laws and subsequent penalties.
- To support organizations worldwide, whose main focus is to help animals, both wild and domesticated, who may be in immediate distress.
Eric and Dana Margolis share a passion for animals and their wellbeing. This passion forms the basis of the Eric S. Margolis Family Foundation.
After decades spent supporting a myriad of animal welfare organizations at home and abroad, Eric and Dana decided to formalize their support into a foundation that could also bring further awareness to the plight of so many innocent creatures around the globe.
The foundation is governed by a board of directors. The scope continues to global but with an emphasis on Canadian based charitable organizations that fall within the mandate of the foundation.
Eric Margolis is a veteran journalist and author. He has covered numerous conflicts around the world as a correspondent and witnessed much suffering.
“I have never been able to witness the suffering of helpless animals who have no voice to express their pain, fears, loneliness and being wrenched away from family. We share all these emotions with animals – and they with us.” - Eric Margolis
Eric and Dana, will continue to support organizations that fall under the pillars of the foundation and in addition will focus on issues such as
- Mass factory farming, which kills millions of animals a year
- The fight to end the massacre of elephants and rhinos in Africa
- The fight to end animal testing
The Foundation will establish relationships with like-minded organizations and with those, who love animals, to support their ongoing work.
“I cannot perform miracles, but I can do many small things with great love” - Mother Theresa of Calcutta
Credit: Ryan Emberley
THE ERIC S. MARGOLIS FAMILY FOUNDATION IS PROUD TO SUPPORT MANY ORGANIZATIONS
Edmonton Humane Society
Etobicoke Humane Society
Humane Society International/Canada
Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre
Toronto Wildlife Centre
Wishing Well Sanctuary
COMPASSION INTERVENTION RESCUE
THE WORK OF HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL / CANADA
PRESENTED BY THE ERIC S. MARGOLIS FAMILY FOUNDATION
TORONTO (April 11, 2016) - For the first time in the history of Humane Society International/Canada a photographic exhibition will highlight the organization's life saving work accomplished nationally and around the globe. Over a two week span from April 11 to April 22 2016 The Allen Lambert Galleria, Brookfield Place, Toronto will provide the backdrop for these stunning images and riveting overview.
The viewer will see first-hand the difference the work of HSI/Canada means to animals in peril. Focus will fall on key areas of concern: companion animals, farm animals, wildlife and animals in research. Images have been captured by a cross
section of extraordinary photographers, chronicling all aspects of the challenges faced by animals and their rescuers.
To see HSI/Canada's story on the exhibit, please click here:
THE ERIC S. MARGOLIS FAMILY FOUNDATION LAUNCH
June 11th, 2013 - Shangri-La Hotel Toronto
On Tuesday June 11, 2013 a capacity crowd gathered to celebrate the launch of the Eric S. Margolis Family Foundation. A broad cross section guests inclusive of media, animal lovers and supporters, leaders of Toronto's business, cultural and social spheres joined together in support of the trust. In honour of the launch, a special presentation on The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, was given by the trust's UK based Director Rob Brandford and by DSWT patron Kristin Davis. Guests left armed with knowledge and with ways to help end the horrific poaching of Ivory and the needless demise of the elephant and rhino populations in Africa.
How To Be A WILD ELEPHANT
February 12th, 2014 - Shangri-La Hotel Toronto
The Eric S. Margolis Family Foundation hosted a a private screening of the acclaimed documentary How To Be A Wild Elephant. The films producer and director Lynn Booth spoke to the invited audience about making the documentary, which chronicles the challenges faced by orphan elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust as they leave the Nairobi nursery for the wilderness and their journey onwards to join the wild herds. The film was followed by a reception, attended by supporters of the trust, media and those involved with the film.
THE ERIC S. MARGOLIS FAMILY FOUNDATION
THE ERIC S. MARGOLIS FAMILY FOUNDATION
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