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July 2017

Summer is here! We have had a lot of animals through our doors in the past few weeks. If you're willing to volunteer, donate to our animals, or open your home to an animal in need – we'd love to hear from you!  Stay safe (and cool) this month!

-The Orangeville Team


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!


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Volunteer this summer

The Ontario SPCA Orangeville & District Animal Centre is always on the lookout for volunteers. We currently have an urgent need to fill the following roles:

Animal Care – Wednesday a.m., Sunday a.m.
Adoption Counsellors – Sunday p.m.
Bottle Drive Volunteers – Wednesday a.m.
Thrift Store Volunteers – multiple shifts – Monday-Saturday a.m. and/or p.m.
Event Volunteers

If you're interested in making a difference in the lives of animals in needs, please visit our website to fill out a volunteer application today. We can't wait to hear from you!

Turning lemons into donations

Two very thoughtful young ladies came in last week with a donation for our animals. They ran their very own lemonade stand and raised $80 for animals in need at the Ontario SPCA Orangeville Animal Centre.

Thank you so much Cameron and Maia. You are amazing!

If you'd like to host your very own third-party fundraiser, please visit our website for more details or contact Calla Spencer at cspencer@ospca.on.ca.

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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 

Can you help our puppies?

We’re bursting at the seams with puppies and we need your help! The Ontario SPCA Orangeville & District Animal Centre is experiencing a “puppy boom” after 15 puppies arrived at our centre, including six born in early June while in foster care.

Another puppy was brought to us when it was only days old. The tiny Chihuahua was in urgent need of nutrients after being unable to nurse from his mother. We introduced him to Zebra, a mother dog with six puppies who thankfully accepted him as one of her own.

The puppies are doing great, but we need your help. The length of care is longer for nursing mothers and their puppies, which means their stay exceeds the typical cost of care for a dog.

In addition to that intensive care, they also require vaccinations and parasite treatments. Once they’re old enough, they are also microchipped and spayed or neutered before being placed up for adoption.

To help these bouncing babies grow up to be wonderful pets, we’re in need of the following enrichment and training items:

  • Small tennis balls, puppy toys, extra small and small-sized Kongs
  • Treats
  • Puppy beds
  • Puppy collars and smaller leashes

The puppies aren’t quite ready for adoption yet, but keep an eye on our adoption page if you’re interested in taking one home.

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Phone: (519) 942-3140
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