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April 2017
April showers bring – kitten season! We are preparing ourselves for kitten season and hoping you'll keep us in mind this month if you're looking for a feline friend! Stay tuned to our Facebook page for animals up for adoption, or pop by the centre today for a visit. See you soon! 

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Meet Your Match® through the Ontario SPCA

You could be gazing at the animal of your dreams, but you just can’t tell what they’re thinking behind that cute little furry face. What if you knew a little something about their personality and habits before you moved in together? Get ready to find a pet that suits your needs – get ready to “Meet Your Match!”

A program of the ASPCA, Meet Your Match® is the only method in existence that evaluates an animal’s behaviour and interests and matches them to an adopter’s preferences so that you take home a pet you can really click with. The Meet Your Match program won’t let you go home without knowing who’s in that carrier or on that leash. Watch our video to learn more about this innovative program and see the matches it has made.

Already have the pet of your dreams? We want to hear your adoption story! Enter the #IMetMyMatch video contest. For your chance to win, upload a video of your story telling us what made your pet perfect for you, or post your video on Instagram using the hashtag #IMetMyMatch and then claim your entry. The contest closes April 17, so don’t delay!

The randomly selected winner will receive a $50 credit for PawsandGive.ca, our online giving catalogue, and an Ontario SPCA swag bag. 

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Nominate your veterinarian today for this year’s
Got A Pet? Get A Vet!™ Award

Help us recognize local veterinarians and their staff who go above and beyond to provide excellent care for pets and their families.

From May 1 to May 21, we want to hear from you! Submit your favourite veterinary clinic for the 2017 Got a Pet? Get a Vet!™ Award and encourage friends and family to go on the gotapetgetavet.ca website to vote for the winner. 

Got a Pet? Get a Vet!™ is an annual education campaign by the Ontario SPCA, in association with the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) and participating SPCAs and Humane Societies across Canada. It promotes and educates owners about the importance of annual veterinary checks. Just one checkup a year will help protect your pets against a variety of potentially life-threatening diseases, detect health problems sooner and help you avoid unexpected costs.

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Paws & Give: Better than a chocolate bunny!

Spring is finally here and Easter is just days away. If you’re looking for something fresh and meaningful to give, we have Easter and spring-themed “animal-grams” for you! 

Donate just $10 through Paws & Give, our online giving catalogue, and send an eCard to your friends and family to celebrate the season, all while helping animals in our care.

Or, choose a Rocky & Friends plush adoption to give in place of a basket of chocolate or trinkets. The little ones in your life will be cuddling a soft plush dog, cat or horse while you’ll have the warm, fuzzy feeling that animals in need are safe and cared for, all because of you.

You can be a hero this spring! 

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Adoption Update: Poe finds his fur-ever home!

We love happy endings! Little Poe was surrendered to the Ontario SPCA and was soon on the hunt for his forever family. It didn't take long! His loveable personality landed him a wonderful family shortly after he was put up for adoption.

Here's what his new “mom” Jacqueline said about him in a recent update:

“Thank you, Orangeville SPCA, for giving us another wonderful addition to our family this past Friday. We adopted little Poe (now named Toby) and he is doing well in his fur-ever home. He is brave, sweet and very playful. We are so happy that our second adoption from your facility was a kitten. We'll keep you posted on his growth and development as he gets bigger.”

We wish Poe and his new family all the best! We know this playful kitten has many adventures ahead.

Report animal cruelty to
310-SPCA

The Ontario SPCA investigators provide frontline protection for animals across Ontario by responding to close to 17,000 animal cruelty complaints each year and rescuing injured, abandoned and abused animals.

Empowered by the Ontario SPCA Act, inspectors and agents relieve animal suffering and distress by issuing orders, removing animals and laying charges under the Act and the Criminal Code of Canada, where circumstances warrant.

The Ontario SPCA operates on a complaints basis. This means that you can help animals by being aware of at-risk animals in your community and reporting it.

Reports can be made 24 hours a day through our 310-SPCA (7722) hotline or by emailing cruelty@ospca.on.ca.

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National Volunteer Week celebrates unsung heroes

Ontario SPCA animal centres will be joining Canadians from coast to coast April 23-29 in celebration of National Volunteer Week.

Volunteers are the backbone of every not-for-profit organization, and the Ontario SPCA relies on hundreds of volunteers across the province to help keep our animal centres running smoothly. From walking dogs and socializing cats, to driving animals to appointments and helping out at events, our volunteers dedicate their time to helping animals in need.

National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank our volunteers for their hard work. This is the seventh consecutive year the Ontario SPCA, together with Volunteer Canada, has celebrated this important week.

During National Volunteer Week, we will honour those who have volunteered their time to Animal Welfare and improving the lives of the animals in our care. Each animal centre will be hosting celebration events to thank volunteers, and their families, who help shape our communities.

Volunteers are vital to our animal centres and we can’t thank them enough. If you would like to get involved and be part of our team, visit our website for more details.

Meet Smiley the blind
therapy dog

Despite abuse suffered at a young age, you’ll never find this Golden Retriever without a big smile on his face. We recently welcomed a very special guest to join us on our Animals’ Voice Pawdcast: Smiley, the blind therapy dog.

Smiley the blind therapy dog, as he’s become widely known on social media, was born without eyes and spent two years living in a puppy mill, where he suffered attacks from other dogs. Even after being rescued, Smiley struggled to find a loving home to care for him. Nobody wanted him because of the challenges they thought would come with owning a blind dog.

From those traumatic beginnings, Smiley never lost his calm and gentle personality. After some time adjusting to his new home, he became a certified therapy dog with St. John Ambulance. He now visits schools with his owner, Joanne George, who shares with children how Smiley was bullied for being born blind. It’s a powerful story to explain to children why bullying is wrong and hurtful.

To hear Smiley’s story and the challenges of raising a special needs dog, listen to our podcast with this incredible dog and his dedicated owner. 

 

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Get your dog tags today

Did you know the Ontario SPCA Orangeville & District Animal Centre provides animal control and bylaw services for the Town of Orangeville, Town of Mono and Town of Erin?

We also sell dog tag licenses for each municipality, and the funds go back to helping the animals at our centre.

Shelters across Ontario receive thousands of stray animals each year, and many do not have identification.

Identification, including microchipping, is the best way to ensure your lost pet can be reunited with your family.

If you own a dog, please remember to renew your dog tag license today!

Cupcakes come to the rescue to support animals in need

Thanks to bakers and supporters across the nation, close to $530,000 – and counting – was raised for National Cupcake Day™ for SPCAs & Humane Societies in 2017!  To date, the campaign has raised nearly $2.38 million, proving that Canadians have a sweet tooth for cupcakes, and a love of animals. 

The average cost to care for a shelter animal is $568, which means that over 900 animals were helped with the success of this year’s National Cupcake Day. The wonderful success of the day showed that animals in need across Canada can have their cupcake (pet friendly, of course!), and eat it too!

Set your baking timers now for the 2018 National Cupcake Day taking place on Monday, Feb. 26

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