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May 2017

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Take the No Hot Pets Pledge

I wasn’t going to be gone long.” “I left the window down for him.” The Ontario SPCA has heard it all as people continue to put their pets at risk by leaving them in vehicles during the hot summer months.

Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures – even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open. Dogs have a limited ability to sweat; even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening.

Let’s work together to eradicate this issue in Ontario. Visit nohotpets.ca and take the pledge vowing to never leave your pets unattended in a vehicle. You can also do your part to raise awareness by using #nohotpets on social media.

Join us on May 23 by visiting nohotpets.ca for the official launch of our 2017 No Hot Pets campaign! 

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Enter the Got a Pet? Get a Vet!™ Contest 

Time is running out to enter the Got a Pet? Get a Vet!™ contest. Nominate your favourite veterinarian or veterinary clinic by May 21 for the 2017 “Got a Pet? Get a Vet! Award” and encourage friends and family to go to the gotapetgetavet.ca website to vote for the winner.

If you have a pet, it’s important to build a relationship with a veterinarian. 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.

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 checkups.

To enter the contest, or for more information, visit gotapetgetavet.ca 

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Emergency Preparedness

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Are your pets prepared 
for an emergency?

May 8-12 was Emergency Preparedness Week and the Ontario SPCA took the opportunity to remind pet owners of ways to keep pets safe during emergency situations.

First, develop a family emergency response plan. This includes setting a primary and alternative meeting point away from the home in case of evacuation, listing emergency telephone numbers where all family members can find them (including the name and number of your pet’s veterinarian) and putting together a family emergency survival kit. Next, create a pet emergency survival kit for quick and easy access.

It is also important to bring your pets indoors at the first indication of an emergency. If you must evacuate your home, take your pets with you if it is safe to do so. In case you have to leave your pets behind, place a Rescue Alert Sticker by your front door. To get your free emergency decal to place on your front window or door, visit www.ontariospca.ca/ep

Let your love live forever
with a gift in your Will

Did you know a gift in your Will can ensure the work of helping animals in need continues into the future? At the Ontario SPCA, even a small gift in your Will goes a long way. Bequests of any size allow us to carry out lifesaving rescue work and move forward with ambitious animal welfare initiatives in close to 50 communities and animal centres across Ontario. 

A gift in your Will allows you to make an even larger impact than you might otherwise have been able to, and make a bigger difference for the animals you love. 

Today, we hope you’ll think about taking the next step towards including the Ontario SPCA – and the precious animals who need you so desperately – in your Estate Plan.

We can help you along in the process by sending you our free Legacy Giving Guide and Will Planner Workbook. 

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Will you walk for animals 
in need?

It's time to dust off your sneakers (and furry friend’s paws) because the 2017 Friends for Life!™ Walk presented by Pedigree® is happening across Ontario on the weekend of Sept. 23-24

Join thousands of animal lovers across the province and help raise critically needed funds to care for animals that are abused, abandoned, neglected, or no longer wanted.   

Take that first step and register today for a walk in your community! Be sure to register early, as the first 30 people to register across the province will receive a FREE Friends for Life! Walk swag bag full of treats for you and your four-legged friends to enjoy! 

Let's change animals' lives together, one step at a time!

Gone but not forgotten

Pets leave paw prints on our hearts forever. If you’ve ever lost a special pet, you know how difficult it was to say goodbye, and how often you still think about your beloved friend. 

Now there’s an opportunity for you to pay tribute to those special animals that touched your life. A gift in tribute to your pet is a way to remember and celebrate the life of your pet while also helping save the lives of animals in desperate need of care.

Donate today and share the name of the pet that meant so much to you, then post a photo in our Pet Tribute Gallery and share your story.

Help change a life today by honouring your furry friend.

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