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July 2017


Businesses pledge support for No Hot Pets

To help spread awareness about the dangers of leaving pets unattended in vehicles, and to assist pet owners, the Ontario SPCA is encouraging businesses across the province to take part in its annual No Hot Pets campaign.

Through this new initiative, businesses that pledge their support for our No Hot Pets campaign will receive a digital sign that they can print and display in their store window, letting pet owners know they can bring their animals inside while they shop or do business. They will also be added to a growing list of participating businesses on the No Hot Pets website, nohotpets.ca

To date, over 500 businesses in towns and cities across Ontario have joined the No Hot Pets cause. Interested in joining the growing list of businesses that support No Hot Pets? Take the pledge at nohotpets.ca and email nohotpets@ospca.on.ca to receive your digital sign.


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Will you walk with us?

Join us at our Friends for Life! Walk™ presented by Pedigree at one of our community walks happening across Ontario the weekend of Sept. 23 and 24, 2017.

The Friends for Life! Walk is a major fundraising initiative for the Ontario SPCA and many of our Affiliate Societies, raising much-needed funds to help support and care for animals that are abused, abandoned or no longer wanted. 

You don’t need to bring a dog to the walk to participate. You don’t even need to own a pet! The Friends for Life! Walk is a meaningful way for you to give back to your community by helping animals in need.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep current on the latest Friends for Life! Walk news, contests and giveaways.

Fundraise & WIN:

Register and raise a minimum of $50 online before July 31 for a chance to win 1 of 2 Scandinave Spa passes. Self-donations count towards your entry. Register now and start raising funds for animals in need!




Celebrating our 100,000th spay/neuter procedure

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society has reached a major milestone, performing our 100,000th spay/neuter procedure since we began offering high volume spay/neuter services to the public.

As part of a larger provincial strategy to help reduce pet overpopulation, the Ontario SPCA began offering high quality, high volume and self-sustaining spay/neuter services to the public in 2009 when we opened the Ontario SPCA Centre Veterinary Hospital near Newmarket.

Mirroring the success of that service, the Ontario SPCA Marion Vernon Memorial Animal Clinic in Barrie transitioned that same year to exclusively offer high-volume spay/neuter services.

Based on a conservative estimate of average litter size and how many litters can be produced annually by every unfixed female, the number of female cats and dogs that have been spayed to date could have produced more than 6,152,000 kittens and 1,338,000 puppies, respectively. 

North Star Air Ltd. makes $30k donation

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society was given a boost to continue to provide support and services to remote Indigenous communities in northern Ontario thanks to a $30,000 donation by North Star Air Ltd.

Over the last two years, the long-time air transport service provider and partner to the remote northern communities has teamed up with the Ontario SPCA, local groups, Indigenous communities and Humane Societies across Ontario to help find new homes for over 140 northern dogs.

Recently, close to 20 dogs and puppies arrived in Thunder Bay from Big Trout Lake with North Star Air’s assistance. Volunteer veterinarians accompanied the canines after a spay/neuter clinic in the community. The animals then travelled to Southern Ontario where they were placed up for adoption. North Star Air assisted in the project by providing air service for the volunteer teams to travel to the remote community and to transport the animals back to Thunder Bay.

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Waze alerts remind pet owners not to leave animals behind

As part of our No Hot Pets campaign, the Ontario SPCA has partnered with Waze to bring helpful reminders to pet owners travelling with their four-legged friends.

Waze, the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app, has introduced a new safety feature, Waze Child/Pet Reminder alerts. After navigating to any destination, this customizable, opt-in alert appears at the end of your ride and reminds you to check your car before you leave.

Time driving is usually spent planning next steps – what we’ll do when we reach our destination, what to make for dinner, which route to take. We hope this feature serves as a reminder to be present and remember our furry friends who cannot speak up when it’s time to get out of the car.

To set up the reminder alerts, make sure you have the most recent version of Waze downloaded from your App Store or Google Play and go to Menu > Settings > General > Child Reminder > Turn on “Allow Reminders.” You can also customize your message to include the names of your children or pets. To customize your message, follow the steps above, then select Custom Message.

For more safety tips, and to take the No Hot Pets pledge, visit nohotpets.ca 

Over 40 animals find new homes during northern transfers

It’s been a busy summer for the Ontario SPCA Provincial Animal Transfer Team and for the Ontario SPCA Indigenous Programs.

The Ontario SPCA once again partnered with Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (Big Trout Lake First Nation), located about 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, to deliver essential Animal Welfare services. Pet owners brought 73 cats and dogs to be fixed and receive vaccines to help control the local animal population.

Following the recent spay/neuter clinic, 18 community dogs and cats were transferred to central Ontario. Those dogs and cats have since been placed up for adoption through the Peterborough Humane Society and have already found new homes.

While this important work was taking place, the Provincial Animal Transfer Team was in a different part of the province working side by side with leaders of another community that has also made Animal Welfare a priority. During our visit, 25 animals were transferred to the North Bay and District Humane Society to be placed up for adoption.

Special thanks to Big Trout Lake First Nation for inviting us to your community, as well as PetSmart Charities of Canada, North Star Air Ltd., the Canadian Animal Assistance Team, Beat the Heat Kenora, the Ontario SPCA, the Peterborough Humane Society, the North Bay and District Humane Society and our many volunteers for making this important work possible.

What can you do to help? A donation to our Provincial Animal Transfer Team will ensure this important work continues. Make a gift today and simply select “Provincial Animal Transfer Team” when asked where to designate your gift.

Interested in volunteering on a transfer? Learn more on our website


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