Who will YOU walk for?!
On Sept. 23 and 24, animal lovers
across Ontario will walk in the Ontario SPCA Friends for Life! WalkTM
presented by Pedigree, raising funds to support vital medical care and safe shelter
for animals in need.
Will you join us? You can sign up for the walk here.
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.
Not able to walk? You can still support animal friends in need
with a special gift here.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep current on the latest FFL! Walk news, contests and giveaways.
Fundraise & WIN:
Register and raise a minimum of $100
online before Sept. 4 for a chance to win one of two Instax Cameras.
Self-donations count towards your entry. Register now and start raising
funds for animals in need!
What should you do if you
see a pet in a hot vehicle?
Every summer, the Ontario SPCA receives hundreds of calls about animals
left in hot vehicles. Unfortunately, there are still pet owners who aren’t
getting the message about the dangers of leaving pets unattended in vehicles. Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively
mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open.
So what should you do if you come
across an animal left in a hot vehicle? Find out in this video with Ontario
SPCA Inspector Scott Sylvia. He discusses the dangers of leaving pets
unattended in vehicles, consequences for owners and what you can do if you see
an animal in distress.
the time to support the No Hot Pets message and take the pledge here to
show solidarity for this important campaign.
The Ontario SPCA comments on
animals on exhibit in zoos
In recent years, there have been significant changes
in the use of animals in entertainment. People are more sensitized and
concerned than ever before about the care and treatment of animals. While the
Province of Ontario has taken steps in an effort to keep pace, more can and
should be done.
The Ontario SPCA agrees that, in the short term,
legislation must be created and/or strengthened to ensure mandatory licensing
of zoos and to ensure regulations are in place to provide the maximum
protection and care for animals.
The Ontario SPCA believes that having animals on
exhibit in zoos solely for commercial gain is an antiquated business model that
must be stopped. The time to begin working towards this goal is now, if we work
together to ensure our expectations are clear for elected officials.
Visit our website to learn more, including our frequently asked questions about animals used in zoos
for commercial gain.
Don Cherry offers support
for pit bulls headed south
to find new homes
The Ontario SPCA recently welcomed hockey icon Don Cherry who paid a
visit to the Society’s Provincial Office in Stouffville to wish a group of pit bulls
well on their journey south to find new homes in Florida.
In October 2015, the Ontario SPCA uncovered an alleged dogfighting
operation near Chatham, Ontario. Several dogs were removed during that
investigation and assessed by the ASPCA, world leaders in dogfighting
Seven of those dogs immediately passed the ASPCA’s assessments,
but due to lengthy court proceedings remained in the Ontario SPCA’s care until
they were recently released from the courts to be rehomed.
In addition, one of the animals removed from the alleged dogfighting
operation gave birth to 11 pit bull puppies while in the care of the Ontario
After being spayed and neutered, the first group of these dogs was
transported to two facilities in Florida by the Ontario SPCA and a team from
Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary, which funded the transport.
Pit Sisters, a behavioural and dog training program with the mission to find
challenging dogs new homes, will be taking 10 of the dogs and Dogs Playing for Life will be taking four of the dogs.
Shelter Health Pro
website set to launch
By the end of 2017, the Shelter Health Pro website, shelterhealthpro.com,
will be almost doubling in size and scope with the launch of the Environmental
Needs & Behavioural Health section. You may have noticed the button on the
home page with this title.
This portion of the Shelter Health Pro website will
include material relating to stress reduction and behavioural enrichment for a
variety of animals in our care. Shelter medicine experts and the Ontario SPCA
believe that the physical and medical needs of the animals we care for are just
as important as their environmental needs and behavioural health.
This new section will contain information gathered
from the most reliable and current sources. It will have a similar format to
the current section on Shelter Health Pro and will include menu options for:
- Facility Assessment
- Animal Assessment
- Make A Plan
- Stress Reduction
- Enrichment and Socialization
for Cats and Kittens
- Enrichment and Socialization
for Dogs and Puppies
- Enrichment and Socialization
for Small Animals and Birds
- Training and Behaviour
Stay tuned for website launch announcements.
Over 200 cats find
Thanks to families across Ontario who opened their homes and their
hearts, 216 cats and kittens were adopted into loving homes during a recent
“iAdopt Urgent Appeal” adopt-a-thon.
From July 28 to Aug. 6, all cats and kittens were
offered at a reduced adoption fee at participating animal centres with the goal
of finding loving homes for as many as possible to reduce demands on centre
Thank you to everyone who adopted a new feline friend during the adopt-a-thon.
Your support changes lives!
If you are able to welcome a cat into your family,
there are still many in our care waiting to meet you. By adopting a cat, you
can help ensure space becomes available for other animals in need.
Name the foal and
We have a beautiful foal in our care, but he doesn’t have a
name. Help us name this cute little colt and you could win.
In March 2017, Dee, a Quarter Horse-cross mare, came into
the care of the Ontario SPCA through an investigation. When she was examined by
a veterinarian, we learned she was in foal. Her baby was born last month and
now needs a name.
Submit a caption with what you think the name should be and
you could win an Ontario SPCA prize pack, including a Velvet the horse plush collectable, and a $100 gift card to Greenhawk Harness & Equestrian Supplies
The winner will be chosen by McKee-Pownall
Equine Services, the veterinary clinic caring for the mare and her foal. Entries
must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sept. 8, 2017