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June 2018

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No Excuses...No Hot Pets

I left the window down for him” “I wasn’t going to be gone long” We’ve heard it all! 

Leaving pets unattended in vehicles during the hot summer months, putting animals’ safety at risk and even causing death, is an ongoing problem across Ontario. 

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 and a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening.

There is NO excuse for leaving a pet unattended in a vehicle and this summer we need your help to share this important message!

Join us on June 21st by visiting nohotpets.ca for the official launch of our 2018 No Hot Pets campaign and help spread the word.

Friends For Life! WalkTM

Friends For Life! Walk™ Registration is Now Open!

The moment you have been waiting for has arrived… the 2018 Ontario SPCA Friends For Life! Walk™ registration is now open! Join us as a virtual walker or at a local event on the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd to walk for animals in need. Invite your friends, family and coworkers to join you – and don’t forget your furry friends, they are always welcome to partake! Visit friendsforlifewalk.ca today to register and start fundraising for animals!

Fundraise + WIN:

The first 50 people to register and raise a minimum of $25 online will receive a free Ontario SPCA bandana. Self-donations count towards your entry. Register now and start raising funds for animals in need! 

By raising funds for the Friends For Life! Walk, you are contributing towards helping the Ontario SPCA find forever homes for animals across the province. 

Register today and help change animals’ lives, one step at a time!

Kal the service dog

Police officer shares powerful story of battle with mental illness, PTSD and his service dog Kal

Shawn Fougere is a police officer living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In early June, he spoke at the Ontario SPCA’s 2018 Educational Conference about how his service dog Kal has changed his life.

In our latest YouTube video, Shawn shares his emotional story of pain, recovery, and choosing to speak out.“I wasn’t some weak cop who couldn’t handle my job, all of a sudden I realized I was a human being,” Shawn says, “And once I realized that, that’s when I began my recovery.”

You won’t want to miss his compelling story of living with PTSD and the effects it had on his family.

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Spay Neuter Cat

Reduced wait times for Ontario SPCA's spay and neuter services in Stouffville

Book your appointment now and beat the waitlist! The Ontario SPCA Centre Veterinary Hospital in Stouffville is currently booking cats, both male and female for spay/neuter procedures. 

Wait times for dogs are also reduced to 3-4 months!

Pet overpopulation is an ongoing issue and a direct result of animals left unaltered. In an effort to help reduce pet overpopulation, the Ontario SPCA operates two high volume, high quality spay and neuter services. Through these services, we serve the public, shelters and rescue groups, regardless of geography or income level.

Book your appointment today!  Visit spayneuter.ontariospca.ca for more information.


Got a Pet Contest Winner
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And the winner is…

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 23 to May 18, 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 over 2,800 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.

Keeping pets cool during summer months

It’s only June and we’ve already had some very hot weather with many more sweltering days ahead. It’s important in these temperatures to know how to keep our pets cool and comfortable.

Check out the blog Cool as a cucumber: Keeping pets cool during summer months for great tips and tricks to keep your pets happy and healthy during the dog days of summer.

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