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September 2015
Welcome to NewsHound!

Another summer has come and gone and we want to thank everyone who took the pledge to NOT leave pets unattended in vehicles. Now that the cooler weather is upon us, it's time to pull out the sweaters and enjoy some fall weather with our furry friends. To kick off the new season, we have some great fall tips to share. (Click on the video below.)

We would also like to thank everyone who shared their feedback on the newsletter. Stay tuned for some exciting changes to Newshound in the months to come.

Pet Safety You Tube Video


Flea Season is Upon Us
A Summer of Corporate Volunteering

Friends for life! Walk™ Takes Place this Weekend

A Day in the Life of a Service Dog
No Hot Pets Campaign a Huge Success

Separation Anxiety and Your Pet

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Flea Season is Upon Us

Starting early August until October, fleas everywhere are amped up and looking for their next furry home. Are you and your pets ready to take flea season on?

Fleas can be picked up in dog parks, on trails, or anywhere another dog may have been recently. Though fleas feed on the bodies on animals, they jump off to lay their eggs and can easily move from animal to animal. 

If your cats go outdoors, they too are susceptible to fleas.

Read the blog post PET HEALTH CORNER: Fleas – and How to Beat Them for tips and advice to get through another flea season.
 Amex Voluntter Day

A Summer of Corporate Volunteering

It was a great summer for corporate volunteering at the Ontario SPCA, mainly thanks to the American Express (AMEX) employees who gave so much of their time.

Over the last couple of months, a total of 87 employees dedicated over 28 hours on six separate days. From painting and repairs, to power washing windows and building feral cat shelters, AMEX employees put their best foot forward.

A special thank you to everyone who got involved. Your generosity will go a long way in the care of the animals.

Learn how to get involved.



 Friends for Life Walk
Friends for life! Walk™ Takes Place this Weekend

There's still time to register for the Friends for life! Walk™ taking place this weekend.   

Hundreds of participants and four-legged friends will be taking part in the largest fundraiser to benefit animals across the province.

It’s not just a walk… it’s a fun-filled day for the entire family. Great prizes, contests, activities and so much more.

Visit friendsforlifewalk.ca, find a walk in your area and join us for a great time while helping thousands of homeless animals in Ontario.


Medric and Thai
A Day in the Life of a Service Dog

“Thai” isn’t your average dog. She is a sweet girl with a pretty important job….to keep her owner Medric Cousineau, who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), safe.   

Read more on How Therapy Dogs Help with PTSD.

Not all dogs can be service dogs. “The ability to stay curled up under a table, for three hours, for a dog, it’s a skill. It’s an acquired, trained, skill,” says Cousineau.

Have you ever wondered if your dog has what it takes to be a service dog?  

Check out the latest video A Day in the Life of a Service Dog to learn more about Medric and Thai, and what qualities to look for in a service dog.
No Hot Pets

No Hot Pets Campaign a Huge Success

The 2015 No Hot Pets campaign has now come to a close and we would like to thank everyone who helped to spread the word about the dangers of leaving pets in hot vehicles.

The campaign was a huge success, with close to 100 SPCAs, Humane Societies and Rescue Groups across Canada participating. The campaign reached millions of viewers online and saw thousands of people sign the online pledge.

With your help, we were able to save pets’ lives this summer! We look forward to launching the campaign again in May 2016. 


 Pet Anxiety

Separation Anxiety and Your Pet

It’s back to school and back to routine. For many of us, that means having to leave our pets home alone for longer periods of time.  

A change in schedule and routine can lead to many pets experiencing separation anxiety as they aren’t used to the quieter household.

If your pet is displaying any of these symptoms, they may be experiencing separation anxiety:

•  Urinating and Defecating 
•  Barking and Howling 
•  Chewing, Digging and Destruction of household 
•  Escaping from where confined when left alone, or separated from guardian
•  Pacing in a fixed pattern when separated

If you feel your pet is displaying separation anxiety, there are resources that can help you address the issues.  

Learn more about separation anxiety and your pet.

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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 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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