Earlier this year, the Six Nations Elected Council and our friends at the Welland & District Humane Society signed an agreement for regular spay/neuter services.
This past weekend, April 18-19th, a milestone event took place on the Six Nations of Grand River. The Ontario SPCA is pleased to report the success of the first ever Mobile Spay/Neuter clinic initiative! The event was the first in the program and acted as a test initiative with the intent to offer the model of mobile spay/neuter clinics to other First Nations, focused in Northern, Ontario.
The Mobile Spay/Neuter unit is owned by the Welland & District Humane Society and has been accredited by the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO). This unit is a fully equipped mobile surgical clinic designed to travel where veterinarian services are limited. It was made possible through the generosity of Pet Smart Charities of Canada, and supporters of the Welland & District Humane Society.
“This is a significant step forward in developing and providing on going clinics on First Nations. We are pleased to be working in partnership to improve access to service and help control animal overpopulation,” said Inspector John Greer, Welland & District Humane Society.
The clinic was run by a team of volunteers from the organizations involved. Inspector John Greer of the Welland & District Humane Society, along with local veterinarian Dr. Tammy Hornak, were the lead organizers for the project that worked with Six Nations Animal Control Services Supervisor, Penny Hill and Animal Control Officer, Lyall Martin.
The Ontario SPCA provided volunteers and resources. Ontario SPCA Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Magdalena Smrdelj provided health checks and monitored the animals during recovery. Dr. Smrdelj was Ontario’s first veterinarian trained in high-volume spay/neuter procedures, by the Humane Alliance, and assisted the Ontario SPCA in opening the inaugural high-volume spay/neuter services in 2009.
“In 2009, the Ontario SPCA introduced high-volume spay/neuter to the province of Ontario. Since 2009, we’ve contributed to the welfare of animals by preventing the over-population of pets,” said Dr. Magdalena Smdelj, Chief Veterinary Officer, Ontario SPCA.
The event was made possible due to the generous donations of many local volunteers including veterinarians, veterinary surgeons, technicians, and Ontario SPCA supporters.
Similar spay/neuter programs launched by the Ontario SPCA have seen drastic results in lowering the pet over population. Ontario SPCA animal centres across the Province have seen a reduction of cat intake from 19% to as much as 52%. Amazing results, leaving us to continue to believe that spay/neutering pets help reduce the animal overpopulation.
For more information on the importance of spay/neutering we encourage you to visit www.fixyourpet.ca.