Transcript: Hart Haven | Jun 14, 1989

[birds chirping]

Ursula stands by a swimming pool holding dogs. She’s in her thirties, with long wavy blond hair and bangs. She’s wearing a white sleeveless shirt and light blue shorts.

Ursula says YOU WANT TO PLAY WITH THAT?
YOU'RE GOING TO
TAKE IT FOR A WALK?
WANT TO TAKE IT FOR A WALK?
YOU'RE GOING TO
TAKE IT FOR A WALK.
FINE.
LET'S WALK.
COME.
HI, GUYS.

The title of the show appears on screen. It reads "People Patterns. Beat the Street. Hart Haven."

Ursula says MY INITIAL LOVE FOR ANIMALS,
I THINK, ORIGINATED WITH MY
GRANDMOTHER WHEN
I WAS A CHILD.
I GREW UP WITH MY GRANDMOTHER,
AND SHE HAD A WAY WITH ANIMALS.
PEOPLE USED TO BRING HER
ANIMALS, INJURED ANIMALS,
ABANDONED ANIMALS, AND I GREW
UP IN AUSTRIA, AND THERE
WEREN'T VETERINARIANS
READILY AVAILABLE.
I DON'T EVER RECALL
HEARING OF A VETERINARIAN.
AND MY GRANDMOTHER USED TO BE
THE PERSON THAT THEY WOULD
BRING THESE INJURED CREATURES
TO AND SHE HAD THIS WAY,
AND IF SHE HAD TO STAY UP
DAY AND NIGHT WITH AN ANIMAL
TO NURSE IT ALONG, SHE WOULD.
AND SHE HAD A VERY
HIGH SUCCESS RATE.
AND I SUPPOSE THAT GAVE
ME A VERY HEALTHY RESPECT
FOR ANY ANIMAL.

Ursula opens a fence to let a horse go out. Ducks eat grass and a goat with an injured leg walks around.

A caption appears on screen. It reads "Ursula Hart."

Now, Ursula sits in a living room.

She says AS I WAS -- WHEN I CAME TO
CANADA I WAS 12 YEARS OLD AND
FROM HAVING MOVED TO A SMALL
TOWN IN AUSTRIA WHERE THE
COUNTRYSIDE WAS READILY
ACCESSIBLE AND IT WASN'T A
PROBLEM TO HAVING A PET,
WE MOVED TO AN APARTMENT.
I CAME TO AN APARTMENT,
AND IT WAS A TOTALLY
DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT.
BUT THE PROBLEM WAS I TOOK MY
COUNTRY ATMOSPHERE WITH ME,
She smiles and continues AND I WAS ALWAYS TAKING...
I WAS FINDING CREATURES.
I WAS FINDING SNAKES THAT
WOULD BE INJURED OR LITTLE WEE
FIELD MICE THAT SOME CAT HAD
MAULED AND I WANTED TO HELP
THEM OUT.
AND I'D BE BRINGING THESE
ANIMALS HOME, AND I'D COME
HOME WITH THESE LITTLE RATS AND
THINGS AND SAY, LOOK, MOTHER.
AND MY MOTHER WOULD HAVE A FIT
BECAUSE MY MOTHER DIDN'T SHARE
THE SAME -- SHE LOVED AND
RESPECTED ANIMALS, BUT SHE
DIDN'T HAVE THE SAME PASSION
FOR THEM AS I DID OR AS MY
GRANDMOTHER HAD.
BUT I THINK THAT'S... THAT'S
BASICALLY WHEN IT HAPPENED,
AND MY BIG DREAM WAS TO
JUST BE IN A POSITION TO
LOOK AFTER THEM ON MY OWN.

Ben, a light brown dog, plays with a stick in a house yard.

Patricia says WE GOT BEN IN DECEMBER 1985,
AND WE LEARNED ABOUT URSULA
AND HER SHELTER
THROUGH A LOCAL KENNEL
WE USED TO TAKE OUR
LABRADOR TO WHO HAD DIED
ABOUT A YEAR BEFORE.
AND SHE SUGGESTED WE GO TO
URSULA AND GIVE A DOG THAT
REALLY NEEDED A HOME, RATHER
THAN GOING TO GET A PEDIGREE
AGAIN, AND THAT'S
HOW WE FOUND BEN.

The caption changes to "Patricia Gawen." Patricia sits in her house. She’s in her forties, with short brown hair. She’s wearing a red blouse.

Patricia says WHEN WE FIRST WENT TO
URSULA'S, WE REALLY DIDN'T
KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT, SO
WE WERE A BIT TAKEN ABACK
INITIALLY THAT SOMEBODY WOULD
HAVE A SHELTER WITH HORSES AND
CATS AND DOGS AND HAVE
SUCH TREMENDOUS AFFECTION
FOR THOSE ANIMALS.
AND, ALSO, WHAT IMPRESSED US
WAS THE TREMENDOUS CARE AND
ATTENTION THEY RECEIVED.
SHE KNEW EACH ONE BY NAME.
SHE KNEW THEIR
CHARACTERISTICS.
SHE KNEW THEIR FOIBLES.
SHE COULD IDENTIFY FROM WHAT
OUR NEEDS WERE IMMEDIATELY THE
TEN DOGS SHE THOUGHT THAT
WOULD SUIT OUR NEEDS.
WE WERE REALLY
QUITE IMPRESSED.

Vera sits on a couch by a black dog. She’s in her seventies, with white hair. She’s wearing glasses, a pearl necklace and a blue blouse with white flowers.

Vera says WE WENT... WE WENT ON
A SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
MY GRANDDAUGHTER DECIDED
SHE WAS COMING WITH US.
AND WE SAW THIS LITTLE BORDER
COLLIE WITH FOUR BLACK PUPPIES
AND URSULA SAID LOOK
AND SEE WHICH ONE YOU WANT,
AND I'LL BRING HIM OUT
OF THE KENNELS FOR YOU.
AND I SAID, WELL, THAT LITTLE
BLACK ONE, AND SO PUT HIM IN
THE CAR AND BROUGHT HIM HOME.

Ken sits next to her patting the dog. He’s in his seventies, with a moustache and receding white hair. He’s wearing a white shirt.

Ken says AND HE WAS GOOD COMING HOME.
I WAS SURPRISED.
SEEMED TO SETTLE
DOWN PRETTY QUICKLY.

The caption changes to "Vera and Ken Cooper."

Vera says HE'S NOT GOING TO TELL YOU
HOW HE GETS UP AND TAKE HIM
OUT EVERY MORNING
INTO THE WOODS.
NEVER HAD TO GO ON A LEAD.

Ken says THAT'S ONE REASON WE GOT HIM,
BECAUSE WE WERE SITTING AROUND
TOO MUCH, AND SO HE MAKES SURE
WE GET OUT IN THE MORNING.
HE'LL GO TO THE DOOR AND
HE'LL ASK UNTIL WE GO OUT.
AND IF I DON'T TAKE HIM FOR A
WALK, HE BUGS ME UNTIL I DO.

The caption changes to "Robert W. Brass." Robert sits at a desk. He’s in his forties, clean-shaven with dark hair. He’s wearing a white suit and a light yellow striped tie.

Robert says I SEE URSULA HART AS MOST
IMMEDIATELY PROVIDING A HOME
FOR HOMELESS PETS, ON THE ONE
HAND, BUT ALSO SETTING AN
EXAMPLE FOR PEOPLE,
PARTICULARLY WHEN SHE GAINS A
HIGHER PROFILE, FOR PEOPLE WHO
ARE OTHERWISE NOT AWARE OF THE
PAIN OF THEIR... THEIR
IRRESPONSIBLE DESIRE TO HAVE A
PET AND THEN WHEN THEY HAVE
IT, THEY LOSE INTEREST, FIND
OUT THAT IT'S HARD WORK
AND JUST LET IT GO.
AND THEY NEED TO FIND A HOME.

The caption changes to "Sid Smith." Sid stands in a field. He’s in his late sixties, clean-shaven with receding gray hair. He’s wearing a blue shirt and suspenders.

Sid says WELL, SHE DON'T CHARGE
NOTHING FOR THEM.
YOU GO TO THE HUMANE SOCIETY,
YOU GOT TO PAY FOR THEM,
OR ANY DOG POUND.
YOU GOT TO PAY FOR THEM.
BUT YOU GO UP TO HER
AND YOU GOT DOGS.
YOU GOT SO MANY TO CHOOSE
FROM, AND THEY'RE ALL NICE DOGS.
AND THEY'RE WELL CARED FOR
AND WELL LOOKED AFTER.
SAME WITH HER OTHER ANIMALS.

The caption changes to "Merlin Andrew." Merlin stands by a tree. She’s in her sixties. She’s wearing a white hat with a red ribbon and a white shirt.

Merlin says I KNOW URSULA HART AND I HAVE
KNOWN HER FOR QUITE A LONG
TIME THROUGH THE HUMANE
SOCIETY AND OTHER ANIMAL
PROTECTIONIST GROUPS.
BUT I BEGAN TO KNOW HER MUCH
MORE DEEPLY AT THE TIME OF THE
TOTTENHAM TORNADO, THE BARRIE
TORNADO, WHEN ANIMAL GROUPS
CAME UP AND FORMED RESCUE
TEAMS IN ORDER TO RESCUE THE
ANIMALS, BECAUSE THERE WERE
ENOUGH PEOPLE HELPING THE
HUMANS, BUT THERE WERE NOT
ENOUGH PEOPLE FOR THE ANIMALS.
SO A LOT OF VOLUNTEERS CAME
AND URSULA WAS MORE OR LESS
DIRECTING THE TEAMS OF
VOLUNTEERS AND AS WE SCOOPED
THE POOR CATS OUT WITH BROKEN
LEGS AND THE GEESE AND THE
HORSES AND THE DOGS, OF
COURSE, THAT HAD ALL BEEN
SUCKED UP BY THE TORNADO, WE
PUT THEM IN CARS AND FERRIED
THEM BACK TO
URSULA HART'S FARM.
AND SHE WAS GOOD
ENOUGH TO TAKE THEM IN.
OF COURSE SHE TOOK IN, I
SHOULD THINK, ABOUT 150 IN ALL,
IF NOT MORE.
CATS AND DOGS AND SOME
SHE WAS ABLE TO ADOPT OUT.
SOME, OF COURSE,
SHE STILL HAS.

Ursula says OF ALL THE ANIMALS I DID TAKE
IN, I MANAGED TO PLACE OVER
300 LAST YEAR, WHICH IS
A VERY, VERY LARGE NUMBER.
NORMALLY I PLACE AN AVERAGE
OF 100 TO 125 A YEAR.
BUT LAST YEAR, BEING
A RATHER UNUSUAL YEAR,
THERE WERE MORE INVOLVED.
OF COURSE, I ALSO TOOK IN
LARGER NUMBERS THAN I NORMALLY
WOULD TAKE IN.
EVERYONE WHO TAKES AN ANIMAL
FROM MY HOME, FROM MY
SANCTUARY, IS ASKED TO FILL
OUT AN ADOPTION FORM, WHICH
THEY FILL OUT IN DUPLICATE, AND
IT'S A SPAY-NEUTER AGREEMENT.

Kids play with a dog and a cat white a young woman reads a form.

Ursula continues ALTHOUGH THE MAJORITY OF
ANIMALS ARE ALREADY SPAYED AND
NEUTERED, IF THEY ARE YOUNG,
OR IF THEY HAVEN'T BEEN HERE
LONG ENOUGH THAT THEY MAY NOT
HAVE BEEN SPAYED AND NEUTERED,
THEN I WANT PEOPLE TO GET
THEM SPAYED OR NEUTERED.

The young woman says OKAY, SHE WON'T OBVIOUSLY --
SHE'S NOT GOING TO BE CHAINED
AT ALL, BUT SHE WILL
BE IN A RUN, OKAY.

Ursula says OH, THAT'S FINE.
NO, THAT'S FINE.

The young woman says BUT SHE WILL BE
RUNNING ON OUR FARM.

Ursula says RIGHT.
NO, THAT'S ALL RIGHT.
NO, IT'S JUST THAT I DON'T
PARTICULARLY CONDONE PEOPLE
LETTING DOGS RUN LOOSE AND
HAVING THEM IN OTHER
PEOPLE'S PROPERTY.

The young woman says NEITHER DO I, BECAUSE
I'VE HAD CATTLE KILLERS.

Ursula says I UNDERSTAND.
THAT'S FINE.

Back in her house, Ursula says AT PRESENT, I HAVE ABOUT
APPROXIMATELY BETWEEN
80 AND 90 DOGS.
MY NUMBERS VARY BECAUSE
I DO ADOPT OUT ANIMALS.
I DO NOT COLLECT ANIMALS FOR
THE SAKE OF COLLECTING OR
POSSESSING OR ACQUIRING
LARGE QUANTITIES.
I DON'T WANT TO DO THAT.
ANY ANIMAL THAT ARRIVES
HERE IS BROUGHT IN WITH THE
UNDERSTANDING THAT IT'S A
TEMPORARY HOME UNTIL THE
ANIMAL IS EITHER REHABILITATED
OR CURED FROM WHATEVER AILED IT
OR TRAINED.
AND HOPEFULLY A BETTER
ADOPTIVE HOME WILL BE FOUND.

A family stands by Ursula’s swimming pool. She’s holding a dog.

A boy says HE LOOKS EXCITED.

Ursula says YES.
HE'S QUITE A LITTLE HELLION.
HE'S VERY GOOD, THOUGH.
HE'S NOT A BAD DOG IN THE
HOUSE, BUT HE'S QUITE LIVELY.
HE'S A TYPICAL TERRIER.
HE'S GOT OODLES AND
OODLES OF ENERGY.
HE'S VERY GOOD WITH CHILDREN
AND HE LOVES TO PLAY, AND HE
LIKES TO CHASE THINGS.
IF YOU THROW A BALL,
HE'LL RUN AFTER IT.
HI.
YOU A GOOD BOY?
YES, HERE.

The boy pats the dog.

The mother lifts a little girl so that she can pat the dog too.

The mother says HE JUST WANTS TO
SMELL YOU, THAT'S ALL.

The little girl says HE'S LICKING ME.

Ursula says YOU'RE A GOOD BOY, SCOTTIE?
YOU'RE A GOOD BOY?

At her house, Ursula says I HAVE MANY DOGS.
I HAVE MANY CATS.
I HAVE BIRDS.
I HAVE HORSES.
THEY TAKE UP A GREAT
DEAL OF MY TIME.
THEY COST A TREMENDOUS
AMOUNT OF MONEY.
BUT, AGAIN, I'M
VERY FORTUNATE.
I'VE LEARNED TO BECOME VERY
RESOURCEFUL INASFAR AS
SITUATIONS WHERE I CAN
POSSIBLY ARRANGE A TRADE-OFF.
AS EXAMPLE, I DO DOG FOOD
TESTING FOR A COMPANY,
WHICH ENABLES ME TO GET DOG
FEED AT NO COST TO ME.

Ursula loads boxes into a car.

The caption changes to "Cynthia Ashford. Menu Foods Ltd." Cynthia sits in an office. She’s in her thirties, with shoulder-length dark brown hair. She’s wearing a white doctor apron.

Cynthia says OKAY, URSULA'S ON WHAT WE
CALL A FEEDING PROGRAM WHERE
WE TEST ONE PRODUCT
VERSUS ANOTHER.
MAYBE IT'S DIFFERENT
INGREDIENTS OR WE'RE COMPARING
VERSUS A COMPETITOR PRODUCT.
AND IT'S BASICALLY ON SEEING
HOW MUCH THE ANIMAL CONSUMES
OF EACH, SO WE GET AN IDEA
OF WHAT THE PREFERENCE IS,
WHETHER IT'S FIRST PRODUCT
OR THE SECOND PRODUCT.

A man says BE CAREFUL GOING
OVER THE BUMPS.

Ursula gets into her car and says I WILL.
TAKE CARE.
THANKS A LOT.
BYE.

Now, she brushes a horse.

Ursula says OKAY, PRETTY BOY.
I GUESS MY FIRST HORSE I
ACQUIRED BECAUSE SOMEONE HAD
TOLD ME THAT THIS BEAUTIFUL
HORSE WAS GOING TO BE SOLD TO
THE MEAT MARKET BECAUSE
HE WAS HARD TO HANDLE.
AND I SAW THE HORSE.
I REALLY, REALLY LIKED THE
HORSE, AND I THOUGHT, HMM,
YOU KNOW, LET'S SEE
WHAT I CAN DO ABOUT THAT.
AND I GUESS THAT'S WHEN I
STARTED BUYING MY FARM
OR THOUGHT ABOUT IT.
I HAD A HORSE AND
NO PLACE TO KEEP IT.
She laughs and continues AND IT WAS ONE THING AFTER
ANOTHER, AND THEN A FEW OTHERS
I'VE TAKEN IN FOR OTHER PEOPLE
TO TRAIN, AND I HAVE SOLD
HORSES AS WELL.
SOME OF THE HORSES I HAVE HERE
ARE VERY, VERY OLD, AND I DON'T
PARTICULARLY LIKE TO SEE
THEM GO TO THE BUTCHER.
I WOULD RATHER KEEP THEM HERE
AS LONG AS THEY'RE HEALTHY AND
ALIVE AND ENJOYING LIFE, AND
KEEP THEM ALIVE AND WHEN IT'S
THEIR TIME TO GO I THINK I'LL
JUST HAVE THEM PUT DOWN BY THE
VET AND... I HAVE TWO THAT ARE
REALLY GETTING ON AND AT SOME
POINT OR ANOTHER I HAVE TO
MAKE A DECISION ON THEM.
BUT AT THIS POINT THEY'RE
STILL... THEY'RE ENJOYING LIFE.

A white horse runs across a field.

Vera says THERE'S SO FEW PEOPLE
THAT TAKE CARE OF ANIMALS.
WE'VE HAD OUR DOGS IN KENNELS,
AND WE'VE BEEN PRETTY UPSET
WHEN WE'VE GONE TO
FETCH THEM BACK.
BUT I WOULDN'T HESITATE TO
TAKE HIM BACK TO HER, AND I
HOPE SHE WILL BE ABLE TO LOOK
AFTER HIM WHEN WE GO AWAY.

Patricia says WELL, WHENEVER WE WERE AWAY,
WERE ON VACATION OR GOING
SOMEWHERE WE COULDN'T TAKE
BEN, HE WENT BACK TO URSULA.
IT'S HIS SECOND HOME.
AND HE REGARDS --
HE HAS TWO HOMES.
HE THINKS HE HAS TWO HOMES.
URSULA'S AND HERE.

Vera says WELL, WHEN I PHONED QUITE
A FEW MONTHS LATER WHEN WE
REALIZED WE WERE GOING TO KEEP
HIM, AND WE WERE VERY FOND
OF HIM, WE KNOW THAT WE
GO AWAY ON VACATION.
SO I PHONED HER AND I SAID TO
HER WOULD YOU STILL BE ABLE
TO TAKE CARE OF HIM?
SO SHE SAID, OH
SURE, NO PROBLEM.
SO I SAID TO HER WHAT
DO YOU CHARGE A DAY?
AND SHE'S OH, YOU'VE GIVEN
HIM SUCH A GOOD HOME.
NO, DON'T BOTHER
ABOUT IT, MISTRESS COOPER.
AND I SAID, LOOK, YOU
CAN'T KEEP HIM FOR NOTHING.
OH WELL, I'M SO HAPPY
HE'S GOT A GOOD HOME.
THEY WERE HER EXACT WORDS.
SO I SAID TO HER, NO.
WHAT WOULD YOU CHARGE?
SHE SAID, WELL
FIVE DOLLARS A DAY.

Ursula feeds a couple of dogs.

Ursula says THEY ARRIVED LAST YEAR AND
THEY'VE BEEN IN ONE OF THE
KENNELS, IN ONE OF THE POUNDS
FOR ABOUT THREE MONTHS.
THE GIRL WHO WORKED THERE TOOK
A FANCY TO THEM, AND THAT'S WHY
THEY STAYED THERE FOR
SO LONG THAT THEY COULDN'T
BE ADOPTED OUT.
SO THEY CALLED ME AND THEY
SAID WOULD YOU POSSIBLY BE
ABLE TO TAKE IN TWO SHEPHERDS.
THEY'RE VERY, VERY NICE.
BEAUTIFUL LOOKING DOGS.
SO I HAD THEM WITH ME
FOR ABOUT FOUR MONTHS,
AND I FOUND A HOME FOR THEM.
COME ON, GIRL.
AND THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE THEM
HAVE BROUGHT THEM BACK TO ME
ON TWO OCCASIONS
NOW FOR BOARDING.
THEY'VE GONE ON HOLIDAYS AND
THEY'RE STAYING HERE, AND I
GUESS THEY FELT THAT, YOU
KNOW, THEY KNEW ME AND THEY
WERE SECURE HERE AND IT WASN'T
A NEW ENVIRONMENT FOR THEM.
AND SINCE WE DON'T KNOW WHERE
THEY CAME FROM EXACTLY,
WE DIDN'T WANT TO PUT THEM
THROUGH A LOT OF TRAUMA OF
PUTTING THEM IN
ANOTHER SITUATION.
SO THIS IS NOT A NEW
SITUATION FOR THEM.

The caption changes to "Doctor Christopher Murfin. Veterinarian." Christopher stands in a vet clinic. He’s in his late thirties, clean-shaven with light brown hair. He’s wearing a white shirt, a tie and a blue doctor apron.

Christopher says SHE'S GOT AN EXCELLENT
FACILITY THERE IN TOTTENHAM.
I'VE BEEN THERE A FEW TIMES.
IT'S VERY CLEAN.
THE ANIMALS ARE
ALL WELL CARED FOR.
THEY HAVE LOTS OF ROOM.
NONE OF THEM ARE
RUNNING LOOSE.
THERE'S NO HEALTH PROBLEMS
THAT WE CAN SEE IN THE KENNEL.
AND SHE HAS HELP, AND
YOU ALWAYS NEED THAT.
AND, YOU KNOW, IT'S BASICALLY
A LITTLE HUMANE SOCIETY
SHE HAS RUNNING THERE,
AND IT'S RUN VERY WELL.

Christopher bandages a dog’s leg.

Christopher says THAT A GIRL.

Ursula says AS FAR AS VETERINARY
CARE IS CONCERNED,
I HAVE SHOPPED AROUND.
I HAVE TRIED TO FIND
VETERINARIANS WHO ARE
SYMPATHETIC, WHO ARE
AFFIRMATIVE OF LIFE, WHO ARE
CONCERNED ENOUGH TO REALIZE
THAT THESE ARE ANIMALS THAT
ARE NOT OWNED BY ME INITIALLY,
THAT WERE NOT IN A PRECARIOUS
POSITION BECAUSE OF MY
NEGLIGENCE, BUT BECAUSE OF
SOMEONE ELSE'S, AND THAT I'M
TRYING TO RECTIFY THE SITUATION.

Christopher says ALL FIXED.
ANOTHER LIFE SAVED.

Christopher laughs.

Ursula says BECAUSE OF THEIR CONCERN,
THEY ARE POSSIBLY GIVING ME
A DISCOUNT OR THEY MAY BE
ARRANGING A TRADE-OFF IN THE
SENSE THAT IF THEY WOULD
RATHER NOT EUTHANIZE AN
ANIMAL, IF I WILL TAKE IN THIS
ANIMAL, PERHAPS THEY WILL NEUTER
OR SPAY ANOTHER ANIMAL FOR
ME OR HELP ME OUT IN SOME WAY.
SO THAT WE REALLY DO HAVE A
WONDERFUL NETWORK OF PEOPLE
WHO CARE, WHO ARE CONCERNED,
WHO HELP EACH OTHER OUT.
AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT'S
KEPT ME GOING FOR AS LONG
AS I'VE BEEN GOING.

Ursula walks into the vet clinic.

Christopher cuts a parrot’s nails.

Ursula says HAVE YOU HAD ANY
DOGS COME IN RECENTLY?

Christopher says WE DID HAVE ONE STRAY.
CAME IN YESTERDAY.
BUT IT WAS PICKED UP BY ITS
OWNER TODAY, FORTUNATELY.
IT WAS A NICE PUP.

Ursula says I HOPE YOU GAVE
THEM A LECTURE ON NOT
LETTING IT RUN LOOSE.

She laughs.

Christopher says WELL, YEAH, AND THEY
HAD A FINE TO PAY AS WELL,
SO I THINK THAT'LL
PROBABLY REMIND THEM.

Robert says WELL, THE DECISION TO
OWN A PET IS ONE WHERE THE
INDIVIDUAL HAS TO RECOGNIZE THEY
HAVE RESPONSIBILITY FOR A LIFE.

The caption changes to "President Menu Foods Ltd."

Robert continues AND IT'S NOT GOING TO GET
TERRIBLY DEEP ABOUT THIS,
BUT IT IS, IN FACT, A LIFE.
IN FACT, IT'S A LIFE OF A
BEING, OR OF AN ANIMAL, A
LIVING THING, THAT CANNOT
OTHERWISE FEND FOR ITSELF,
PARTICULARLY THE DOMESTIC PET.
IF ONE ISN'T WILLING TO MAKE
SOME SACRIFICES TO CARE FOR
THAT LIVING BEING, LIVING
ANIMAL, THEN THEY SHOULDN'T
BE ALLOWED TO HAVE THEM.

Patricia says I THINK THE FIRST THING ONE
SHOULD CONSIDER IF YOU WANT TO
HAVE A DOG IS WHETHER YOUR
LIFESTYLE LENDS ITSELF TO
HAVING A PET IN THE HOUSE.
IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE OUT
ALL DAY, REALLY ISN'T FAIR
ON THE ANIMAL.
IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN THAT
YOU'VE GOT A DOG THAT IS
TEMPERAMENTALLY SUITED TO, YOU
KNOW, RAMBUNCTIOUS CHILDREN.
AND THAT YOU CAN EXERCISE IT,
THAT YOU HAVE THE TIME TO GIVE
IT AND NOT JUST HAVE IT AS A
PLAYTHING WHEN YOU COME HOME
AT 5 O'CLOCK OR 6 O'CLOCK
AND THERE AT WEEKENDS.

Patting a cat, Christopher says WELL, FIRST OF ALL, I THINK A
PET OWNER SHOULD BE AWARE OF
WHERE THEIR ANIMAL IS AT
ANY GIVEN TIME OF THE DAY,
PREFERABLY IN THEIR HOUSE
OR AROUND THEIR HOUSE.
CATS ARE KNOWN TO WANDER, AND
THAT'S TRADITIONALLY BEEN A
FINE WAY TO HAVE THINGS.
BUT DOGS SHOULD BE KEPT EITHER
ON A LEASH OR IN THEIR OWN
PROPERTY UNLESS THEY'RE
WITH THEIR OWNERS.

Merlin says THE IDEA OF A COMPANION
ANIMAL IS THAT IT HAS LOST
ITS WILD PREDILECTIONS.
IT CAN'T FEED ITSELF --
OR IT CAN, BUT IN A VERY
PERIPHERAL WAY.
SO YOU HAVE TO LOOK AFTER IT.
AND WE BELIEVE THAT ONE OF THE
FIRST DUTIES OF AN OWNER IS TO
SEE THAT THAT ANIMAL DOES NOT
BREED INDISCRIMINATELY AND
HAVE KITTEN AFTER KITTEN,
PUPPY AFTER PUPPY, AND THUS
COMPOUND THE PROBLEM.

The caption changes to "Doctor Rona Posen. Veterinarian." Rosa stands outdoors. She’s in her thirties, with short brown hair and bangs. She’s wearing a black T-shirt.

Rona says IF YOU'RE A PET OWNER AND YOU
HAVE AN ANIMAL THAT YOU'RE
UNABLE TO KEEP ANY LONGER,
THERE ARE DIFFERENT WAYS
THAT YOU CAN TRY TO FIND
A HOME FOR YOUR PET.
ONE OF THEM IS BY PLACING AN
HONEST AD IN THE NEWSPAPER.
AND THAT'S... OFTEN YOU'LL
GET A VERY GOOD RESPONSE.
ANOTHER WAY IS TO TAKE THE
ANIMAL TO THE HUMANE SOCIETY
AND SEE IF THEY CAN
TRY TO FIND A HOME.
THERE ARE ALSO A NUMBER OF
PEOPLE AROUND TORONTO THAT
WILL TAKE YOUR ANIMAL IN,
LIKE URSULA DOES, WITH THE
INTENTION OF FINDING A GOOD
HOME AND THE KIND OF HOME
THAT YOUR ANIMAL NEEDS.

Speaking to a bunch of dogs, Ursula says YOU GOING TO TAKE
THE DOG FOR WALK?
YOU'RE GOING TO FOR A WALK?
DOGGIES FOR A WALK?
OKAY, DOGGIES FOR A WALK.
COME ON.
LET'S TAKE THE
DOGS FOR A WALK.
NO?
TAKE THE DOGS FOR A WALK?
THIS IS PRECIOUS.
SAY HELLO TO PRECIOUS.

Ursula walks a dog the pool while the rest of the dogs follow her.

She continues WHENEVER A NEW ANIMAL
ARRIVES, IN SOME INSTANCES
I KNOW WHERE THE ANIMAL CAME
FROM, AND IN SOME INSTANCES
I DO NOT.
WHENEVER YOU DO NOT KNOW
ANYTHING ABOUT THE ANIMAL,
YOU HAVE TO TEST FOR
TEMPERAMENT, FOR HEALTH,
AND IT -- BECAUSE OF THE FACT
THAT THERE ARE SO MANY ANIMALS
LIVING COMMUNALLY, YOU HAVE
TO BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL.
AN ANIMAL THAT MAY BE GOOD
WITH HUMANS MAY NOT BE GOOD
WITH OTHER DOGS.
IT MAY NOT BE GOOD WITH CATS.
IT MAY NOT BE GOOD WITH
BIRDS OR GEESE OR HORSES.
AND YOU HAVE TO CONSTANTLY BE
ON THE ALERT TO SEE WHETHER
THEY ARE TRUSTWORTHY OR
WHETHER THEY'RE NOT TRUSTWORTHY.
The caption changes to "Cynthia Girard." Girard stands by a fence. She’s in her forties, with short brown hair and bangs. She’s wearing a blue shirt.

Girard says PRECIOUS WAS FOUND
AT YORK UNIVERSITY.
SHE WAS ABANDONED THERE.
SHE HAD A TAG WHICH WE TRACED
DOWN, AND WE LOCATED THE
OWNERS OF HER, BUT THEY
DENIED THE OWNERSHIP.
AND SHE'S ABOUT SEVEN
TO NINE MONTHS OLD.
SHE WAS UNSPRAYED.
NO SHOTS OTHER THAN RABIES,
AND WE'VE HAD HER SPAYED.
WE'VE HAD HER SHOTS DONE, AND
WE BROUGHT HER UP TO URSULA
NOW FOR ADOPTION.
AND HOW WE TRADE-OFF
IS I BRING HER THE DOG,
AND I'M TAKING HER KITTENS.
SO THIS IS OUR TRADE-OFF.
WE HELP EACH OTHER BECAUSE
WE'RE BOTH -- WE'RE AN
ORGANIZED GROUP.
WE'RE ANIMAL AID AND ADOPTION.
AND WE'RE A CHARITABLE
ORGANIZATION, SO WE HELP
EACH OTHER AT ALL TIMES.

Speaking to the dogs, Ursula says YES.
HOW WE DOING?
HOW WE DOING?
HELLO, RANGER.
OH, SILLY BOY.
SILLY BOY.

Back at her house, Ursula continues WHEN THEY ARE BEING
INTEGRATED, I NORMALLY
QUARANTINE THEM FOR A
MINIMUM OF TWO WEEKS.
AND ONCE THEY HAVE PASSED THE
VETERINARY INSPECTION AND THEY
ARE HEALTHY, THEY HAVE NOT
COME DOWN WITH ANYTHING FOR
TWO WEEKS, THE ANIMALS
ARE VACCINATED.
THEY ARE CHECKED
FOR PARASITES.
THEY ARE TREATED FOR
WHATEVER AILS THEM.
AND THEY ARE THEN SLOWLY
INTEGRATED WITH OTHER DOGS TO
SEE WHETHER THEY CAN LIVE
COMMUNALLY WITH OTHER DOGS,
WHETHER THEY ARE FIGHTERS,
WHETHER THEY ARE DOMINANT,
WHETHER THEY ARE A LITTLE
BIT MORE LAID BACK, WHETHER
THEY ARE GOOD WITH CATS.
AND IT'S A SLOW PROCESS.

Patricia says THERE WAS A VERY INTERESTING
INCIDENT WHEN WE FIRST GOT BEN
WHICH ILLUSTRATES URSULA'S
GREAT AFFECTION, NOT JUST FOR
BEN, BUT FOR ALL ANIMALS.
BEN WAS SALVAGED FROM A HOME
THAT WAS DEMOLISHED DURING
THE TORNADO IN MAY '85,
AND HE WAS TWO WEEKS OLD.
AND THREE OF HIS
SIBLINGS WERE KILLED.
THE HOUSE COLLAPSED
ON TOP OF THE LITTER.
AND URSULA WAS GOING AROUND
COLLECTING ALL THE DOGS
IN THE AREA.
BEN WAS QUITE BADLY INJURED.
AND SHE NURSED HIM
BACK TO HEALTH.
HE'S IN PERFECT HEALTH NOW.
AND HE BECAME HER PET.
SO SHE WAS VERY RELUCTANT TO
PART WITH HIM, BUT HE HAD
OUR NAME ON HIM WHEN WE
WENT TO THE SHELTER.
WE BROUGHT HIM HOME,
AND HE WAS VERY SCARED.
HE'D NEVER BEEN
AWAY FROM URSULA.
AND ONE SPLIT SECOND
WHEN OUR BACK WAS TURNED --
WE'D ONLY HAD HIM AN HOUR.
HE WAS SO SCARED, HE RAN
OFF WITH US IN HOT PURSUIT.
WE WALKED GOD'S GREEN
ACRE LOOKING FOR HIM.
URSULA CAME OVER AND WALKED
GOD'S GREEN ACRE WITH US,
AND WE COULDN'T FIND HIM.
UNBEKNOWN TO US, SHE CAME BACK
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
AND SHE DOES NOT
LIVE CLOSE BY.
SHE WAS SO CONCERNED --
TO LOOK FOR HIM AGAIN.
AND CAME BACK AGAIN AT THE
CRACK OF DAWN WITH TWO KENNEL
DOGS THAT BEN WOULD BE
FAMILIAR WITH AND FOUND HIM.
AND HE REALLY HAD
JUST BEEN HIDING.
HE WAS SO SCARED.
IN A HUT, OH, MAYBE
QUARTER OF A MILE AWAY.

Ursula stands in a classroom.

Ursula says BONJOUR, TOUT LE MONDE.

Students say BONJOUR, MADAME.

Ursula says COMMENT CA VA?

Students say SA VA BIEN, MERCI.

Ursula says AH, BON.

A boy says ET VOUS?

Ursula says OUI.
CA VA TRES BIEN, MERCI.
IL FAIT BEAU
AUJOURD'HUI, N'EST PAS?

Students say OUI.
IL FAIT TRES BEAU.

Ursula says OUI.
EST QU'IL FAIT
CHAUD AUJOURD'HUI?
EST QU'IL FAIT CHAUD?

Students say OUI.
IL FAIT CHAUD.

Ursula says C'EST CA.
BON.
QUI VEUX POSEZ UN
QUESTION POUR MOI?
QUI VEUX POSEZ UN
QUESTION A QUELQ'UN?
OUI.
SALLY.

Students sit in a circle listening to Ursula.

Ursula says TEACHING HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL
OPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO PASS ON
MY LOVE FOR ANIMALS, MY
RESPECT FOR EVERYTHING
THAT IS ALIVE.
AND I THINK MORE THAN ANYTHING
ELSE, MY HATRED OF APATHY.
BEING AN EDUCATOR, IF NOTHING
ELSE, IF I HAVE SUCCEEDED IN
TEACHING THE CHILDREN THAT
THEY MUST NOT BE APATHETIC,
AND THAT THEY MUST BE
AFFIRMATIVE OF LIFE,
I THINK I'VE SUCCEEDED.

At the class, Ursula says VOUS ALLEZ DIRE.
JE VAIS MANGER OU
JE VAIS CHERCHEZ.
ET VOUS ALLEZ.

Ursula and a girl chat as they leave a building.

Ursula says HOW'S YOUR MOM?

The girl says OH, SHE'S FINE.
HOW'S SASHA?

Ursula says OH, SHE'S FINE.
I GOT A LETTER, ANOTHER LETTER
FROM THE PEOPLE, AND THEY
REALLY, REALLY LIKE HER.
THEY THINK SHE'S
SO BEAUTIFUL, YEAH.

The girl says YEAH.

Ursula says AND SHE SLEEPS ON THE BED, AND
THEY'RE SPOILING HER ROTTEN.
THAT'S RIGHT.
DO YOU MISS HER?

The girl says YEAH, I DO.

Ursula says YEAH.
WELL, SHE'S REALLY TAKEN CARE
OF WELL, YOU KNOW, AND I THINK
THEY MIGHT EVEN, YOU KNOW,
LET YOU VISIT OR SOMETHING
LIKE THAT, IF YOU
WANT TO GO UP THERE.
IT'S NOT THAT FAR.

They continue talking in the sidewalk.

Ursula says THE CHILDREN ARE
VERY, VERY RECEPTIVE.
THE AGE LEVEL THAT I TEACH.
I CERTAINLY DON'T TRY AND
INDOCTRINATE THEM, BUT THEY
REALIZE THAT I CARE AND THEY
REALIZE I AM SINCERE AND
THEY RESPECT MY SINCERITY.

A man wearing sunglasses takes products out a truck and puts them in a plastic box Ursula is holding.

Ursula says YEAH, WEATHER'S NICE ENOUGH.
I GUESS.
THANKS.
HAVE A NICE WEEKEND.
TAKE CARE.

The man wearing sunglasses says YOU TOO.

Ursula speaks Italian with an old man. She loads boxes of bread into her car.

Christopher says AS ANY DOG OR CAT OWNER
KNOWS, IT'S QUITE AN EXPENSIVE
PROPOSITION TO KEEP AND RAISE
A CAT OR A DOG, NOT ONLY FOOD
BUT MEDICAL CARE OR VETERINARY
CARE, HOUSING AND SO ON.
AND I THINK WITHOUT THE
DONATIONS SHE'S HAD, PEOPLE
OFTEN WHEN THEY'RE PICKING
ANIMALS UP FOR HER, WILL GIVE
A DONATION EVEN THOUGH
SHE DOESN'T ASK FOR IT.
AND SHE GETS FOOD AT DISCOUNTED
PRICES AND SO ON, WHICH HELPS
BECAUSE HER FOOD BILL WOULD
BE ENORMOUS OTHERWISE.
AND WE GIVE HER SPECIAL RATES
HERE AT THE CLINIC AS WELL FOR
ANY ANIMALS THAT NEED MEDICAL
CARE AND SURGERY AND SO ON.

Ursula says I WISH PEOPLE WOULD REALIZE
WHEN THEY ACQUIRE A PET, WHEN
THEY SAY, WELL, WE WOULD LIKE
A DOG OR A CAT TO HAVE ONE
LITTER OF PUPPIES OR KITTENS,
BECAUSE WE WOULD LIKE OUR
CHILDREN TO EXPERIENCE
THE WONDERS OF BIRTH.
I WISH THEY WOULD REALIZE ALL
THE OTHER PROBLEMS THAT GO
ALONG WITH THAT AND ALL THE
RESPONSIBILITIES, BECAUSE THE
MAJORITY OF TIMES THEY DON'T.
AND YES, THEY WANT TO
EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY OF
BIRTH, BUT WHAT THEY DON'T
REALIZE THAT IF YOU DON'T LOOK
AFTER THEM OR IF THE HOMES
AREN'T AVAILABLE, DEATH
FOLLOWS AND THAT, OF
COURSE, IS VERY TRAGIC.
SO WHY ALLOW THEM TO BE BORN
WHEN THE HOMES AREN'T AVAILABLE?

Christopher says ALL DOGS AND CATS SHOULD BE
NEUTERED, SPAYED OR NEUTERED,
IN ORDER TO PREVENT UNWANTED
PUPPIES AND KITTENS, BECAUSE
THERE TEND TO BE MORE PUPPIES
AND KITTENS IN THE WORLD
THAN THERE ARE OWNERS.

Robert says EXCEPT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE IN
THE BUSINESS OF BREEDING CATS
OR DOGS FOR PLEASURE, FOR SHOW
OR FOR THE PURE LOVE OF THE
DEVELOPMENT OF A BREED, I
STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT ALL
ANIMALS SHOULD BE NEUTERED.

Girard says I GUESS JUST A BASIC -- THE
BASIC THING IS THE SPAY AND
NEUTER CONTROL.
WE WOULDN'T HAVE THE NUMBERS
THAT ARE LOOKING FOR HOMES,
AND I'M NOT JUST
TALKING WITH URSULA.
I'M TALKING THROUGH THE POUNDS,
THE HUMANE SOCIETIES.
WE'RE RUNNING IN EXTRAORDINARY
AND THIS YEAR I THINK HAS GOT
TO BE THE WORST YEAR, OF
ANIMALS LOOKING FOR HOMES
AND BREEDING.
PEOPLE ARE NOT SPAYING
AND NEUTERING THEIR PETS.
AND I THINK A LOT OF THAT HAS
TO DO WITH WE NEED LOW COST
SPAY AND NEUTER CONTROL.

Robert says I THINK IT'S A REFLECTION OF
THE FACT THAT THERE ARE A LOT
OF IRRESPONSIBLE PET
OWNERS, OR EX PET OWNERS.
IT'S A FACT THAT IN CANADA,
MUCH MORE SO IN THE STATES,
NO ONE HAS AN IDEA OF HOW
MANY DOGS AND CATS THERE ARE.
ESTIMATES RANGE FROM BETWEEN
TWO TO FOUR MILLION DOGS AND
ONE TO THREE MILLION CATS.
EVERYONE I KNOW IN THE INDUSTRY
HAS A DIFFERENT NUMBER.

Rona inspects a large dog in Ursula’s yard.

Rona says WE'LL TAKE THOSE
STITCHES OUT OF YOUR EYE.
SEE THIS?

Holding the large dog, Ursula says IT'S A BIG SHERMAN TANK.

Ursula laughs.

Rona says WE SHOULD TAKE THE STITCHES
OUT OF HIS EYE TODAY, TOO.

Ursula says YEAH, YEAH.
OH, MISHKIN, YOU
LOOK SO FUNNY.

A blond woman shaves the dog’s head.

The blond woman says YEAH, HE'S GOING
TO LOOK RIDICULOUS.

Ursula says YOU ARE GOING TO
LOOK VERY SILLY.
YOU WILL NOT LOOK
LIKE A BEAUTIFUL --

Rona says HAS HE GOT A COLLAR ON?

Ursula says YES, HE DOES.
SHOULD WE TAKE IT OFF?

Rona says YEAH, IF YOU CAN FIND IT.

Ursula says HERE.
The blond woman says OKAY, THERE WE GO.
THERE WE GO.

Ursula says GOOD BOY.

Rona says HE'S SUCH A GOOD NATURED DOG.

Ursula says HE'S A WONDERFUL DOG.
THEY'RE ALL SO
GOOD, AREN'T THEY?
HAVE YOU EVER DONE ONE
QUITE SO FLUFFY AND SO BIG?

The blond woman says NOT QUITE THIS MUCH.

Ursula says MISHKIN WAS ON CHAINS
FOR SEVEN YEARS.
HE WAS NEVER OFF HIS CHAIN.
SO HE'S NEVER REALLY
HAD WALKS BEFORE.
AND HE'S NEVER HAD
HAIRCUTS BEFORE.

Rona says URSULA'S A SPECIAL
TYPE OF PERSON.
SHE'S DONE WHAT A LOT OF
PEOPLE SAY THEY WOULD LIKE
TO DO AND NEVER GET
AROUND TO DOING.
I HAVE TAKEN ANIMALS TO HER
THAT WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE BEEN
PUT TO SLEEP, WHERE PEOPLE
HAVE BROUGHT THEM TO ME.
THEY WANTED TO FIND
HOMES FOR THEM.
THEY HAVEN'T BEEN
ABLE TO DO SO.
AND BECAUSE I'VE BEEN ABLE TO
GIVE THEM TO URSULA, SHE HAS
MANAGED TO FIND THEM A GOOD,
LOVING HOME AND A CARING HOME,
AND UNTIL THEN, SHE'S PROVIDED
THEM WITH A BEAUTIFUL
ENVIRONMENT AND LOTS OF LOVE.

Merlin says SHE HAS INTEGRITY, SHE IS
SINCERE, SHE'S COMPASSIONATE,
AND SHE'S ABSOLUTELY HONOURABLE.
AND OF HOW MANY PEOPLE
CAN YOU SAY THAT REALLY?

Ursula plays with dogs in a field.

Ursula says I SUPPOSE THE ANIMALS
RESPONDED TO ME BECAUSE
I DIDN'T INTIMIDATE THEM.
I APPRECIATED THEM
FOR WHAT THEY ARE.
I SAW THEM AT THEIR
LEVEL, AND THEY REALIZED
THAT I WAS NOT
A FOE TO THEM.

[birds chirping]

The end credits roll.

Producer/Director, Joan Reed-Olsen.

A production of TVOntario. Copyright 1986, The Ontario Educational Communications Authority.

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