Ontario SPCA & Humane Society 38-foot Mobile Spay/Neuter Unit Visiting Peterborough In August

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

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

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.

Any donations received by midnight on June 27th will be matched, thanks to a generous pool of Ontario SPCA supporters.

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Riverview Park & Zoo Welcomes Two New Otters, Boldt & Lawrence

The Riverview Park & Zoo has announced new additions to the zoo family in the form of two new otters, Boldt and Lawrence, who come to the zoo from the Aquatarium in Brockville, Ontario.

Photo courtesy Riverview Park & Zoo

Photo courtesy Riverview Park & Zoo

Boldt and Lawrence, both young males, join fellow otters Melissa and Splish in the exhibit.

Make sure to say Hi to the new fellas next time you drop by the zoo, which is free to the public.

Photo courtesy Riverview Park & Zoo

Photo courtesy Riverview Park & Zoo

Keep in mind that the zoo train is not slated to open until mid-June this season due to delays.

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The Beloved Zoo Camel Gobi Has Passed Away

UPDATE (March 25th): People are leaving signs at the camel exhibit in honour of Gobi at the zoo. “We live in a wonderful community,” Zoo Manager & Curator Jim Moloney tells PTBOCanada. Here are some below (with Gobi’s mate Baika pictured in the background)…

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ORIGINAL POST (March 25th)

It is with great sadness that the staff of Riverview Park and Zoo have announced the death of their 10-year-old male Bactrian camel, Gobi.

Gobi came to the Park and Zoo from the Elmvale Zoo in the summer of 2009. With his large size, expressive face, and inquisitive and engaging nature, Gobi was a favourite with many of the zoo’s visitors.  

Gobi

Gobi

Gobi had been in good health and his death was both sudden and unexpected. He was found to be very ill when Animal Care Staff arrived on Saturday morning.

The Park and Zoo’s Consulting Veterinarian and Animal Health Team provided treatment and care throughout the day but unfortunately Gobi died overnight Saturday night. His sudden death was an especially difficult loss for staff.

His remains have been sent to the Animal Health Laboratory at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph for determination of the cause of death.

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The zoo would like thank their staff, staff from the Water Treatment Plant, and Dr. John Sallaway for their assistance in responding to Gobi’s sudden illness.

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Riverview Park and Zoo Announces Death of Their Beloved Sloth Porsche

With great sadness, Riverview Park and Zoo staff have announced the death of their female Two-Toed Sloth named Porsche.

Porsche came to the Park and Zoo from the Calgary Zoo along with Ferrari following the devastating Calgary flood in the summer of 2013. With her gentle nature, captivating eyes and charming behavior, Porsche was very popular with zoo visitors.

Best buds Porsche and Ferrari

Best buds Porsche and Ferrari

The zoo says that Porsche had struggled with several serious medical issues over the past few years, requiring extra support from their Animal Care and Animal Health Staff. But she seemed to be doing well recently, so her sudden death was unexpected and a difficult loss for staff.

Porsche died overnight on Monday, March 4th from the final stages of kidney disease. She was twenty-seven years old.

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The zoo thanks their staff and Dr. John Sallaway for their assistance with Porsche’s ongoing treatment and care.

Share your memories of Porsche on our Facebook page.

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Cuz Otters Love Snow Days Too

Kids, otters love Snow Days too!

Indeed, one of our fave videos so far of Winter 2018/19 in Peterborough has to go to these playful otters at the Riverview Park and Zoo doing their version of snow angels and frolicking in the Canadian winter during a Snow Day.

Chillin’ on a Snow Day

Chillin’ on a Snow Day

Zookeeper Jenna caught the great footage on Tuesday (February 12th) and the zoo posted it to their Facebook page where it is getting thousands of views…

We shared it on our Instagram page as well, where it’s blowing up…

And Twitter as well, were the RT action is happening…

Share away to those that need a feel good video…

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Cuz Hey, Animals Like Unwrapping Presents Too...

The Riverview Park & Zoo in Peterborough posted adorable pictures of its animals unwrapping presents on their Facebook page.

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“The Animal Care Staff added a festive theme to their animal enrichment activities this week,” the zoo says. “Our animal enrichment program plays an important role in our animal wellness plan, providing stimulation to enhance the psychological and physiological wellness of our animals.”

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And, of course, the cat unwraps the box and ends up in the box…

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Peterborough Police Canines K9 Wolfe And K9 Hal Days From Retirement

After serving the community for the past five years, K9 Wolfe (partner Constable Tim Fish) and K9 Hal (partner Constable Sam McCullum) are retiring from our K9 Unit at the end of this year, Peterborough Police Service says in a Facebook post.

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“In just a few more days they will retire from active duty and begin enjoying retirement living inside their partner's home,” police say.

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Police thank Constable McCullum and K9 Hal along with Constable Fish and K9 Wolfe for their dedication and hard work in serving Peterborough, Lakefield and Cavan Monaghan.

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