Sudbury & District Branch

June 2015
Welcome to NewsHound!

Father's Day is just around the corner and we want to honour all those wonderful fur dads! Read all about our #dadsbff campaign to see how you can pay tribute to that wonderful man in your life. And don't forget to check out our Paws & Give virtual giving catalogue to find the perfect gift for the animal lover in your life.

This edition of Newshound also has great tips on pet care and training.   Happy reading!


A Sad Story with a Happy Ending
Creative Sue Makes a Difference

Buy a Paw, Help a Paw Raises Funds

Introduce your Pets to Off-Leash Parks
Top 5 Reasons to Leave your Pet Home

Who is dad's best friend?

A Sad Story with a Happy Ending

During the May long weekend, a very pregnant “Gizmo” was brought into the Ontario SPCA Sudbury & District Animal Centre. She had been in labour for two days and needed medical attention that her owner could not afford. Learning of Gizmo’s difficult situation, her owner decided to surrender her immediately.

Gizmo was examined by a veterinarian right away, and it was discovered that the kittens sadly did not survive. An emergency surgery was performed, and they were able to save Gizmo’s life. Despite her terrible ordeal, Gizmo made a full recovery and is now looking for a warm lap and someone to love her. 

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 Sue Lampinen

Creative Sue Makes a Difference

Long-time volunteer Sue Lampinen is a local artist in Sudbury that has been a great supporter of the Ontario SPCA Sudbury & District Animal Centre for over 15 years. Sue has contributed many hours to our fundraising committees including our annual Furry Friends Feast, Friends for Life! Walk™ and Party Down at Buzzy Browns.

Sue is a kind-hearted person that would do anything she can to help the animals in our care.  She has provided us with beautiful pieces of artwork that we have used as auction items, door prizes and more! Sue is a very dedicated to our organization and we appreciate having her help and love her spunk. Thank you Sue!

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 Pet Valu Buy a Paw Event
Buy a Paw, Help a Paw Raises Funds

We would like to thank Phil Hornby and staff at Pet Valu for a huge success on the Buy A Paw, Help A Paw fundraiser that took place at the end of the month of April. 

The store raised a total of $751! All funds collected remain locally at the Ontario SPCA Sudbury & District Animal Centre and help towards the costs of animal care in the shelter including animal supplies such as food, cat litter, toys and more!  We would also like to thank all the volunteers who helped in making this event a success.

Thank you to the Pet Valu team for your support!


 Jake at the Park
Introduce your Pet to Off-Leash Parks

Off-leash parks are becoming more popular in many cities. If you haven’t checked them out, here are some quick tips to introduce your pet and get them ready to socialize at the Friends for Life! Walk™.
Take your dog to a local park and walk him in the vicinity of the leash-free area without putting him in. Allowing him to observe the sights and sounds of the other dogs will expose him to the environment.

Visiting the park during “off hours” such as early in the day or during the week will mean less dogs. For his first few visits, one or two dogs is the ideal. 

Practice obedience at home. Commands like sit, stay and come can become a distant memory to your dog once there are dogs running, barking and playing. Having your dog as sharp as possible to his basic commands makes life a lot easier, especially when it’s time to leave! 

These are just a couple of ideas to help socialize your pet and make new friends.  

Find more tips on the Ontario SPCA Blog.
Pet in Car

Top 5 Reasons to Keep your Pet Home

There are so many reasons why pets don’t belong in vehicles, but hot summer days are exceptionally dangerous! 

1. Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open. 

2. Dogs have a limited ability to sweat; even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening. A dog's normal body temperature is about 39°C and a temperature of 41°C can be withstood only for a very short time before irreparable brain damage or even death can occur.

3. Five minutes is never just five minutes.

4. Strict laws are in place to punish offenders

5. Unless pets are secure in a crate or restraint device in the back seat, car rides can be dangerous for pets.

Take the pledge at and help spread the word about the importance of NOT leaving pets in vehicles.  

 Eric and Henry

Who is dad’s best friend?

June is quickly flying by and that means two awesome things. The first is that you’ve hopefully been soaking up lots of summer sun with all your pet friends. The second is that Father’s Day is right around the corner!

Because of Father’s Day, we have launched a super fun campaign called #DadsBFF

We’re asking you all to snap a pic of dads with their best pet friend(s) and to share it using #dadsBFF on social media. All of the images shared will help us build an online mosaic featuring pictures of dads and their BFFs. 

Help bring dads everywhere closer to their pets, and grow our network of pet loving humans at the same time! What are you waiting for? Grab your favourite treats and a selfie-stick and get snapping!


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