The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society has rolled out its new SPCA Mobile Animal Wellness Services trailer to give pet owners across the province access to critical resources like spay/neuter services, and the trailer will be making a stop in Peterborough August 16th and August 17th.
The 38-foot trailer, which was made possible because of a grant provided by the Pet Valu family of stores through its Giving Back Project, features two surgical tables where 20-30 spay/neuter procedures can be performed per day. The new mobile unit is part of the Ontario SPCA’s ongoing efforts to control pet overpopulation and help build relationships with pet owners and their local veterinarian.
Photo courtesy Ontario SPCA
The trailer will be visiting communities across the province, including Peterborough—its location in the city will be announced later this summer, Ontario SPCA tells us, keep an eye out here—reaching underserved areas to provide spay/neuter surgeries, wellness exams, microchipping and vaccinations.
“It’s important that we spay and neuter as many animals as possible to reduce the number of unwanted animals who end up homeless on the streets trying to survive,” says Daryl Vaillancourt, Chief, Humane Programs & Community Outreach, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. “This new mobile unit will also serve as an important educational tool to help pets live longer, healthier lives by educating pet owners about the importance of routine veterinary care with a local veterinarian.”
Photo courtesy Ontario SPCA
Financial donations are needed to help stock the unit with medical supplies and cover operating costs, to ensure this mobile unit can visit as many communities as possible.
Peterborough Humane Society (PHS), in continuing with a commitment made to give each and every animal that comes into their care the best possible future, has established a new partnership with the Halifax Humane Society in Nova Scotia to find new homes for two pit bulls that have recently come into their care.
Pit bulls are a breed of dog that are banned in Ontario, and both of the dogs that have been transported fell under the Bill 132 of the Dog Owners Liability Act.
This transport with their new East Coast partner was made possible by the efforts of Officer Darryl Porter—a member of the PHS animal control team—as well as a PHS valued volunteer who travelled to Nova Scotia to deliver the dogs.
Darryl Porter from PHS (at right) with woman from Halifax SPCA (photo courtesy PHS)
"By facilitating transport of these animals, it gives them the opportunity to live without restriction of breed, and enjoy life with new loving and caring homes," says Officer Porter. "I am proud to be a part of transport, and glad to see these beautiful dogs enjoy their new start.”
Jindo dogs photo courtesy PHS
“I am excited to see this great new partnership with Halifax Humane Society come to light, as it continues our focus of collaboration with our animal welfare affiliates from coast to coast," says PHS Executive Director Shawn Morey.
"We are very happy to have so many great partnerships established, and continue to develop opportunities to further expand our affiliations, both locally and abroad. Our mission is to provide care and compassion to every animal that requires our services," adds Morey.
The Peterborough Humane Society has recently received four dogs (pictured in this post) through a partnership with the Ontario SPCA and its Year of the Northern Dog initiative, which is helping deal with the overpopulation of dogs in Northern communities.
PHS helps animals find their forever homes, and that includes assisting their animal welfare partners in collaboration with communities in the North.
Northern dog named Ichabod
“We are beyond excited to have been part of this initiative with the Ontario SPCA and look forward to a continued partnership with them and future initiatives," says Peterborough Humane Society Executive Director Shawn Morey.
On Sunday, April 29th, a transfer of 21 dogs took place as part of the Northern Dog initiative. The dogs landed in Thunder Bay and then made the trip to the North Bay & District Humane Society. From there, they were broken up and transferred to Quinte Humane Society, Ontario SPCA Leeds & Grenville Animal Centre, the Northumberland Humane Society and the Peterborough Humane Society.
Northern dog named Jewel
This transfer is the result of a partnership between the Ontario SPCA, various Year of the Northern Dog partners and a remote community near the Manitoba border that wanted to find homes for its community dogs. North Star Air Ltd. provided a flight for the dogs into Thunder Bay where they were cared for by volunteers before embarking on the next phase of their journey.
To bring awareness, attention and action to Northern dog overpopulation, the Ontario SPCA has declared 2018 the Year of the Northern Dog. This evolving initiative will support programs intended to bring awareness, attention and action to the serious animal welfare issue of Northern dog overpopulation.
Northern dog named Morey
"We are going through the process of getting these four dogs altered (spay/neuter), and then they will be up for adoption within the next few days," Peterborough Humane Society's Shawn Morey tells PTBOCanada.