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August 2018

Tip of the month from Animal Centre Manager Jennifer Yapa: Help keep pets cool this summer by placing ice cubes in their water bowl. Pets love this interactive way to stay hydrated!

Friends For Life! WalkTM

Who will you walk for?

On Sept. 22 and 23, animal lovers across Ontario will walk in the Friends for Life! Walk™ raising funds to support vital medical care and safe shelter for animals in need. 

Will you join us? You don’t need to bring a dog to the Walk to participate. You don’t even need to own a pet! 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 by registering as a virtual walker

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 as a Virtual Walker & raise a minimum of $100 online before Aug. 14 for a chance to win a $100 Ren’s Pet Depot gift card. Self-donations count towards your entry. Register now and start raising funds for animals in need!


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You can help save a life

The No Hot Pets campaign is in full swing and we want to continue delivering the important life-saving message that there is no excuse to leave a pet unattended in a vehicle. Let’s keep the conversation going! 

Take the pledge today and use #nohotpets on social media to help spread the word about the dangers involved. 

Don’t forget to follow our blog for weekly contests and enter to win some fabulous prizes.

Take the Pledge

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Know the signs of heatstroke

Spending an afternoon in the garden or a day on the trails? When it’s hot outside, even the most responsible pet owners might be at risk of their pet experiencing heatstroke. Increased heart rate, excessive panting or drooling and listlessness are some of the signs that your pet might be in danger. Keep your pets safe by learning the signs and what to do if your pet suffers from heatstroke.

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Boating with pets – safety tips

There’s nothing better than getting out on the lake on a hot summer day. Wind in your hair, splashing water cooling you down, and your furry companion by your side. Boating can be a lot of fun! But it’s important to practice safe boating, especially when there are pets involved.

If you plan on bringing your pets along for the adventure, read our blog Pets and boats: Boating safety tips. We hope these tips help you and your dog have a safe and fun-filled summer boating and swimming!

(Photo above provided by Tammy Stewart)
A little TLC for Panda

He might be little, but Panda, a new resident at the Ontario SPCA Orangeville & District Animal Centre, is making a big impact. This sweet Bichon Frise-mix dog loves to keep us entertained, and at 10 years young, he doesn’t miss a beat.

Although we love Panda’s happy-go-lucky attitude, we definitely can't wait for him to find a place to call home. So Panda is getting a makeover! Along with a good grooming session, Panda requires dental work with possible teeth extractions to keep him happy and healthy.

Please consider making a gift to help animals like Panda get the care they deserve.

Panda will be available for adoption soon. Visit the adoption section on our website to see all our friends waiting to meet you.
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Volunteers make it count, one bottle at a time

Every Wednesday morning, rain or shine, the Ontario SPCA Orangeville & District Animal Centre is alive with the sound of laughter and the clanking of bottles. Each week, a wonderful group of volunteers come together to clean, organize, and package empty beer, liquor, and wine bottles, which are then returned for money.

Some of these volunteers have been dedicating their time towards this program for over 15 years. We are so proud and grateful for their dedication and wanted to take a moment to say thank you! You are truly making a difference for homeless pets.
One-of-a-kind Zappa needs a home

If you are looking for a cat with big personality, you have to meet Zappa. This seven-year-old king of the castle is quite the character; he keeps us entertained on a daily basis. Zappa doesn’t like small spaces. In fact, he is currently residing in the front cat room where he happily jumps around and makes use of all his space. But Zappa would like even more space in his very own home where he can get the love and attention he craves. Zappa also requested to be in a home without dogs where he can be the only focus.

Come by the centre to meet him today! He will be the purring face that greets you as you walk through the door.
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DIY Dog Toy
DIY Cat Toy
DIY rope toy and treat dispenser

Make your very own dog toys! It’s the perfect rainy day activity that even the kids can get involved in. With just a tennis ball and some old shirts, you can make your four-legged friend some new toys to pass the time.

Check out this video on how to make your very own rope toy and treat dispenser, or read the blog for detailed instructions.
DIY cat scratcher

Looking for the ultimate cat scratcher? We have a DIY for you! All you need is a cardboard box, tape, a utility knife and a ruler and you are on your way to making your feline friend one happy cat.

Check out this video to make your very own cat scratcher or visit our blog for detailed instructions. Your cats will go crazy for it!
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Thank you to our 2018 Friends for Life! Walk™ Sponsors

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