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June 2017

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No Hot Pets Contest 

Want to win awesome prizes while helping spread the important message about the dangers of leaving pets unattended in vehicles? There is plenty of time to enter our No Hot Pets contest.

To be entered into the grand prize draw, visit nohotpets.ca, take the pledge, and tell us where you shared the message on social media. There are also weekly prizes to be won! Share our message each week on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #NoHotPets for a chance to win some awesome weekly Ontario SPCA prizes, such as a dog bowl, tote bag, pens and more. We also have some great prizes from Kurgo, including car seat covers and reflectors, as well as a gift card to PetSmart. 

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Friends of the Friends For Life! Walk™ presented by Pedigree®

Lee Duguid is a friend of the Friends for Life! Walk. In her first year participating in the Friends for Life! Walk™ she raised a total of $610. Now, 24 years later, Lee is still an active participant and, for the past eight years, has been the top fundraiser in the province. She has raised a total of over $79,000! When asked why Lee participates year after year in the walk, her answer is simple, “I don’t feel people realize how much dogs and animals do for us. We receive such loyalty and unconditional love from animals and I think we should treat them as they treat us!”

Regardless of whether you raise $10 or $1,000 in the Friends For Life! Walk, you are making a difference for animals in Ontario. Register today and help change animals’ lives, one step at a time!

Fundraise & WIN

Register for the Friends for Life! Walk and raise a minimum or $50 online before June 30 and you’ll be entered to win a Casper dog bed of your choice. Self-donations count towards your entry. Register now and start raising funds for animals in need! 

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Dads are in the spotlight this Father’s Day

Father’s Day is almost here and we’ve got two great ways you can celebrate papas with pets everywhere!

We’re asking all you pet lovers out there to grab your camera, snap your best “father and pet” photos, and share them on Twitter and Instagram using #DadsBFF or on our photo gallery at pawsandgive.ca. Don’t forget – if you’re a man with a pet, you’re a father, too! So go "fetch" your selfie-stick and share the love with us. You could win an awesome Father’s Day prize pack for you and your pet!

Looking for the perfect gift for dad? We’ve got you covered. Click here now to see our catalogue of great gift ideas. By choosing any of the gifts in our catalogue, you can give dad the joy of knowing he’s helping save the lives of pets in need, just like his favourite friend. With each gift, you can even send a custom e-card to dad’s e-mail with a greeting, or print it out at home instead. Give care for a cat, or dog, or a gift of urgent need.

This is your opportunity to rethink the traditional Father’s Day gift. This year, you can make Father’s Day extra special for pet lovers and pets alike!

Got a Pet? Get a Vet!™ contest winner crowned

We would like to congratulate this year’s Got a Pet? Get a Vet!™ contest winner, Dr. Renee Ferguson and her clinic Mountain View Veterinary Hospital in Langley, BC!

The Ontario SPCA launched this contest in association with the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) and other participating SPCAs and Humane Societies across Canada.

From April 24 to May 21, we asked pet owners to help us recognize veterinarians and vet clinics that go above and beyond to provide excellent care for pets in their community by submitting their vet, and voting.

The response was incredible. During the contest we received 1,960 submissions from across Canada.

We’d like to thank those who participated in this year’s contest, and congratulate all those who were nominated for this award. 

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What you need to know before camping with your pet

Planning a camping trip this summer?

If you’re thinking of bringing your dog on your next adventure, here are some tips to keep in mind to ensure it’s a positive experience for you, your pet and your fellow campers.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Keep your dog on a leash of less than two metres at all times.
  • Pick up and dispose of your dog’s waste in the garbage.
  • Keep your dog from chasing/harassing wildlife.
  • Use designated “dog beaches” only for swimming.
  • If your dog is a “barker,” avoid the stress and consider not bringing Fido on this trip.
  • If bugs are bothering your dog, consult with your veterinarian about the best bug repellent option for your pet.
  • Be sure to check park regulations before reserving your site as not all campgrounds allow dogs.

With these tips in mind, enjoy summer camping with your dog!

Northern dogs and cats are on their way to new homes

Close to 60 dogs, puppies, cats and kittens from Northern Ontario travelled south last month to find new homes thanks to a partnership between the Ontario SPCA’s Provincial Animal Transfer Team and two Indigenous communities.

By invitation to help the community manage its local dog population, the Ontario SPCA Provincial Animal Transfer Team worked with the Wabaseemoong Independent Nation, located 120 kilometres northwest of Kenora. The team also travelled to Mishkeegogamang First Nation, another community partner, where they picked up more dogs and puppies as well as some cats and kittens.

With support from volunteers and various partners, the animals were transferred to southern Ontario to be placed up for adoption with the help of the Ontario SPCA Animal Centres and the Welland & District SPCA.

Resources are always a challenge in Indigenous communities and access to veterinary care is very limited. We are pleased to be able to assist them by providing the resources they require for the animals in their community.

Thank you to everyone for their continued support of our Provincial Animal Transfer Program. To learn how you can support our re-homing efforts, visit ontariospca.ca

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