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July 2015
Welcome to NewsHound!

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SPCA Certified Farms Comes to Ontario
Students Can Earn Volunteer Hours

Meet "Olaf" our Friends for Life! Walk™ Spokes Animal

Keep your Pets Cool this Summer
Newshound is Getting a Make-Over

Report to the Communities

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SPCA Certified Farms Comes to Ontario

In Ontario, we take pride in purchasing locally grown foods and products that are farmed right in our communities. In an exciting move for Animal Welfare, the SPCA Certified program (originating from the BC SPCA) has made its way to Ontario!

The SPCA Certified program is a third-party farm certification and food labelling program dedicated to improving farm animal welfare in Canada. Harley Farms became the first Ontario farm certified in the program in 2014, and we hope other farms will enroll in the program.

The certification criteria includes improved animal housing, feed and water, transport and handling, and more. Consumers that purchase food grown and produced on SPCA Certified farms will know the farmers have exceeded national Codes of Practice in farm animal care.

Listen to the latest Animals’ Voice Pawdcast Welcome BC SPCA Certified Program, to Ontario! with Brandy Street from the BC SPCA to learn more. 
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Students Can Earn Volunteer Hours

Looking for something to keep your teens busy this summer and collect volunteer hours toward their high school diploma?

Students can participate in the Friends for Life! Walk™ and fundraise $500 in exchange for 10 community hours!

1) Register for the walk at friendsforlifewalk.ca.

2) Download this pledge form.

3) Raise $500 or more.

4) Have your guidance councillor sign off on your participation.

The Friends for Life! Walk™ will be taking place on September 19th & 20th in various communities across Ontario.  

Find a walk in your area today.



Meet  “Olaf” our Friends for Life! Walk™ Spokes Animal

“Olaf” came into the care of the Ontario SPCA after being abandoned by his owner at a local vet clinic, with a badly broken leg.  The veterinarian determined that the only chance for Olaf to grow and develop normally was to have immediate surgery to try and repair the damage. He required a steel rod and screws to be inserted into the bone. 

Olaf was looking at a long and slow recovery to repair the bone and muscle loss in his leg. Thankfully, with some care and support from the community, Olaf has made a full recovery from his injuries and has since been adopted into his forever home. 
Olaf will be participating in the Friends for Life! Walk™ at the Ontario SPCA Provincial Education & Animal Centre in Newmarket, on September 19th, 2015. 

Help us care for animals just like Olaf by registering for the walk, or donating to Olaf’s personal fund raising page

Visit friendsforlifewalk.ca for more information and to find a walk in your community.


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Keep your Pets Cool this Summer

It’s summer time!!!  Bring on the beach days and outdoor fun.  

It’s important to stay cool during these hot days ahead. While humans can take necessary precautions to avoid heatstroke, your pets rely on you to keep them cool and safe.

There are a number of things you can do to keep your pet from overheating.  Read our latest blog post Keeping your Pet Cool this Summer for great tips on keeping your pets safe.  

And remember to visit nohotpets.ca, take the pledge NOT to leave your pets unattended in hot vehicles and share the message with family and friends.

We can all do our part in keeping pets safe this summer.  Call 310-SPCA if you suspect an animal in danger.
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Newshound is Getting a Make-Over

It’s time to take Newshound to the next level and we need your help!  In order to make the Ontario SPCA newsletter the “must read” of all newsletters, we need your feedback.

Next month, rather than sending our usual edition of Newshound, we will be sending you a short survey to better understand what it is you want to see in the Ontario SPCA newsletter.   

So if you have any suggestions, please make note of them and check your inbox mid August with a link to provide us with feedback.  Your input is important to us!

We thank you for your loyal readership and from all the animals at the Ontario SPCA, we wish you a happy and safe summer.


 Annual Report

Report to the Communities

2014 was a busy year for the Ontario SPCA as we continue to be a strong, collaborative organization dedicated to the cultivation of a compassionate Ontario for all animals.   

Through collaborative work in our communities and the generosity of our donors and supporters, we have provided thousands of animals with a second chance.  

Last year, a total of 6,879 animals were adopted into a forever homes, 17,991 complaints were investigated resulting in 2,756 orders issued and 348 charges laid, and a total of 16,309 spay neuter procedures performed.

This could not have been possible without your help! Together we are making a difference in the lives of animals. Thank you!

Read all about the life-saving work in the 2014 Annual Report to our Communities.
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NewsHound is a free electronic newsletter published monthly by the Ontario SPCA to inform our supporters and friends of animal welfare about Ontario SPCA Community initiatives, programs, events and experiences. Contents of NewsHound may be reproduced with appropriate credit.

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Ontario SPCA and Humane Society:
Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario's Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities, Ontario SPCA relies on donations to fund animal protection, care and rehabilitation; veterinary services; community outreach; advocacy; and humane education.

Ontario SPCA is mandated under the Ontario SPCA Act to enforce animal welfare legislation and the Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.

Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education and Animal Centre.


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