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January 2017

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Bake a difference during National Cupcake Day™

Preheat those ovens! National Cupcake Day™ is coming up on Feb. 27 and you’re invited to help “bake” a difference for animals in need.

Now in its fifth year, National Cupcake Day is presented in partnership by the Ontario SPCA and BC SPCA and is a collaborative event to support local SPCAs and Humane Societies across the country.

To participate, register to host a National Cupcake Day party and invite co-workers, friends and family. Guests donate to the participating animal welfare charity of the host’s choice in exchange for a cupcake, raising critically-needed funds for animals that are abused, abandoned, neglected or no longer wanted. Cupcake Day parties can be held anywhere, and on any date in January or February.

Visit nationalcupcakeday.ca to register, bake and donate. 

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Take extra precautions during cold weather

If it’s too cold for you to go outside, it’s too cold for your pet! Every year, the Ontario SPCA investigates thousands of complaints about animals left unprotected from winter weather. Exposure to harsh conditions can cause serious illness or death to animals, particularly during periods of freezing rain and rapid temperature fluctuations.

Keeping pets safe and healthy during the winter months doesn’t end with keeping them warm. There are other hazards to be aware of, including salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice on roads and sidewalks. They can burn your pet’s sensitive paws and can cause illness if ingested. Before your pet heads out into the great outdoors this winter, here’s what you need to know.

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Over 5,300 animals find homes during iAdopt for the Holidays

iAdopt for the Holidays is over for another year and over 5,300 animals found loving homes through participating SPCAs, Humane Societies and rescue groups across Canada, including over 1,600 animals adopted through Ontario SPCA animal centres during the two-month adoption campaign.

iAdopt for the Holidays, supported by Royal Canin, took place from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31 at participating SPCAs, Humane Societies and rescue groups nation wide. The goal of this annual event is to get as many animals as possible placed into loving homes during the holiday season. We are so pleased to say the campaign was a great success!

We are also excited to announce the winner of our grand prize online contest! Sophie the dog will be enjoying free pet food for a year, courtesy of Royal Canin Canada, after her owners entered the draw and were this year’s lucky winners.

A big thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s campaign. You helped change the lives of animals in need this holiday season!

Help animals in need with
an Ontario SPCA MasterCard®

Did you know there’s a credit card that helps animals in need every time you make a purchase? When you use your BMO® Ontario SPCA MasterCard®, BMO Bank of Montreal makes a contribution to the Ontario SPCA at no additional cost to you. Cardholders have already helped raise over $600,000 for the Ontario SPCA – with just their everyday purchases!

BMO is one of the Society’s long-standing community partners. We’re working together to offer an Affinity Card Program  that not only generates revenue to cover the costs associated with delivering programs and services, such as emergency rescue and treatment, and sheltering and adoptions, but also offers valuable benefits that personally reward you for using the card.

Please help support the Society by applying today and selecting the card that best suits your lifestyle. Existing BMO® MasterCards® can also be transferred to a BMO® Ontario SPCA MasterCard®.

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Find your pocket pal
at the rat adopt-a-thon

Looking for a small, low-maintenance pet? Have you considered a rat? Ontario SPCA animal centres across the province recently welcomed a large number of these pocket-sized pets after close to 600 rats were removed from an apartment in North Bay.

To help find homes for our little friends, PetSmart will be hosting a rat adopt-a-thon from Jan. 21 to Feb. 12 at a number of stores across the province. Rats will be available for adoption for only $5 each at participating PetSmart locations in Sudbury, Barrie, Newmarket, Vaughan, East Brampton, Scarborough, Pickering, Whitby, Peterborough, Cornwall, Belleville, Kingston and North Bay, Richmond Hill and Toronto.

The rats are patiently waiting to find a loving home. Could it be yours? 

Tell us your favourite pet brands

We want to hear from you! Take our survey about your pets, pet suppliers and favourite pet-related brands and you’ll be entered to win a $100 prepaid Mastercard®!

Knowing which companies you know and trust guides us as we work to develop new partnerships that will be of value to supporters like you, while also helping the animals in our care.



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