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We have all had times in our lives where we have witnessed an animal that is hurt, distressed and unable to protect itself.  It’s in those moments that we need to look inside and put ourselves last in order to save a life.  Rescue Me! is a fundraising event that will bring you closer to understanding what is involved in this process. 


Please come and join us to listen to six amazing high profile speakers address each of their Animal Foundations and how they are making change – some risking their life in the process. 





Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016


Place: Toronto Botanical Gardens – Floral Room (Edwards Gardens),
777 Lawrence Avenue

Major Intersection: Lawrence Avenue and Leslie Street

'Free Parking'


Time: 12:30 pm to 9:00 pm    


Vegetarian/Vegan Dinner courtesy of Upbeet Foods 


Wine cash bar


Appetizers, Sweet Table and Coffee/Tea  


Silent Auction | Gallery Bidding


Ticket Cost:   Pre Show Special Ticket Price- $99.00 CAD + HST (Early Bird Special-Dinner is included)

                        At the door -  $150.00 CAD + HST


Proceeds of this fundraising event will be donated to the participating Speaker's Foundations.


Wheelchair accessible and ASL Interpreters onsite




Our Speakers:


Dr. Suwanna Gauntlett, Founder and CEO of Wildlife Alliance has dedicated her life to protect the rainforests and wildlife in some of the world’s most rugged environments.  Suwanna will be speaking about wildlife trafficking and explain the daily perils that her team faces. .


Krista Hiddema, Canadian Vice President of Mercy For Animals will be providing an overview of the progress MFA has made in the past two years in Canada and abroad. She will discuss the organization’s global mission to reduce the greatest amount of suffering for the most exploited animals on the planet – farmed animals. 


Dr. Jacques Messier, Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Humane Society will expose the reality of animal legislation in Canada as well as discuss how this organization is dedicated to the welfare of dogs, cats, and specialty animals. 


Candace Cornock is the President and the lead volunteer representative for Soi Dog Canada.  She will be speaking about the dog meat trade in Thailand and South East Asia and give an overview of Soi Dog’s ground-breaking and tireless work to stop it. 


Captain Paul Watson, Founder and President of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) will be discussing via live stream about the conservation of the world's oceans to conserve and protect marine species.  Discover why the Vaquita porpoises are becoming extinct and why there has been an alarming decline in sea turtle populations around the world.


Rebecca Aldworth is the Executive Director of Humane Society International/Canada.  She has been a key observer of Canada's commercial seal hunt, escorting more than 100 scientists, parliamentarians and journalists to the ice floes.  She has won numerous awards and in 2011, she was named “Activist of the Year in the Canadian Empathy Awards.” Don’t miss her talk about HSI’s efforts to end the seal hunts in Canada.





12:30 pm – 1:00 pm   Reception – Appetizers 


1:00 pm – 1:30 pm     Wildlife Alliance 


1:45 pm – 2:15 pm     Mercy For Animals


2:30 pm – 3:00 pm     Toronto Humane Society


3:10 pm – 3:30 pm     Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith-Bill C-246


3:30 pm – 3:45 pm     Coffee & Tea | Networking Break | Silent Auction


3:45 pm – 4:15 pm     Soi Dog

4:30 pm – 5:15 pm     Sea Shepherd Conservation Society


5:30 pm – 6:15 pm     Humane Society International/Canada  


6:30 pm to 7:15 pm    Vegetarian/Vegan Dinner provided by UpBeet Foods 


7:15 pm – 7:30 pm      Deanne Bray and Closing Comments


7:30 pm – 8:30 pm      Sweet Table | Coffee & Tea |Silent Auction



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