The Ontario SPCA has travelled to many remote areas across the province to work alongside communities to transfer animals to central and southern Ontario to find new homes. But did you know that it’s not just dogs that join us on these transfers? On a recent “fur ball express” mission, our precious passengers were cats and kittens.
In a remote northern fly-in community, close to 30 cats were being cared for by a good samaritan who, unfortunately, could no longer continue to look after them. With no access to spay/neuter services and veterinary care, they reached out for a transfer. As heartbreaking as this was for the caretaker, they knew they were doing what was best for the cats.
In late July, the Ontario SPCA Provincial Animal Transfer Team arrived in Red Lake on the Ontario-Manitoba border to welcome the North Star Air flight. In addition to being accommodating and helpful with transfer logistics, the North Star team is always so caring and careful with the animals.
After being gathered and prepared for the journey ahead, the team and their new feline friends headed to Thunder Bay. The cats arrived in Sudbury on July 28 where they were triaged at the Ontario SPCA Sudbury & District Animal Centre. Once ready for the next phase of their journey, they were placed into foster homes, as many were too young to be placed up for adoption.
We’re happy to report that the cats and kittens are in the process of being adopted and some have already found new homes to call their own.
Without collaboration this transfer could not have happened! A special thanks to Daniela Belletini Heerema, co-founder of the Feeding Program for the Northern Dogs, who helped organize the transfer vehicles; Jee-Duk Won and Courtney Varga from Northern Reach, who drove from Red Lake to Thunder Bay; Craig Fielding and Josh Gravelle from Northern Legacy Horse Farms, who transported the cats from Thunder Bay to Sudbury; and, of course, our good friends who have wings like angels – North Star Air Ltd.
What can you do to help? A donation to our Provincial Animal Transfer Team will ensure this important work continues. Make a gift today and simply select “Provincial Animal Transfer Team” when asked where to designate your gift.
Interested in volunteering on a transfer? Learn more on our website.
Want to give a cat their furever home? Visit our adoption page to Meet your Match.®
Together, we’re changing lives!