Thunder Bay Resident Recognized for Provincial Commitment to Animal Welfare


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - THUNDER BAY, ON (June 16, 2016) – The Ontario SPCA, one of Canada’s largest Animal Welfare organizations, is pleased to award Judy Decicco of Thunder Bay the 2016 Ontario SPCA Chair’s Award. 

The Chair’s Award is presented annually to an individual who has gone above and beyond to make an outstanding contribution to Animal Welfare.

Decicco has made volunteering for Animal Welfare a lifelong commitment, through her contributions as a volunteer Ontario SPCA Officer, a long-term Board member of the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society, the Chair of the Animal Welfare Service to the North Committee and as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario SPCA.

Decicco has impacted the lives of many animals in need through her recognition for collaborative services and community outreach. Her approach to Animal Welfare has been mirrored in communities across the province, creating additional positive relationships with First Nations Communities, animal rescues and local municipalities.

“Judy has used her passion, influence and diligence to ensure that Northern Ontario and its unique Animal Welfare needs remain top of mind. We are so fortunate to have Judy Decicco as a champion and advocate for northern Animal Welfare,” says Catherine MacNeill, Board of Directors Chair, Ontario SPCA. “Her dedication and efforts have made an impact not only throughout Northern Ontario, but all across the Province.”

In 2015 Decicco assisted in the transfer of over 75 dogs from Whitefish Bay First Nation. The initiative not only changed the lives of 75 animals, finding them all forever homes, but it also helped strengthen the services available to assist with the animal over population on First Nations communities. As recognition for Judy’s commitment to Animal Welfare and this past initiative, the Ontario SPCA has added a new plush toy to their Rocky and Friends family (available to the public fall 2016). “Judy” is a black plush replica of one of the puppies transferred from Whitefish Bay First Nation.

The Ontario SPCA congratulates Judy Decicco on this award and thanks her for her positive influence and dedication to Animal Welfare.


Judy Decicco and Catherine MacNeill, Board of Directors Chair, Ontario SPCA


Alison Cross
Ontario SPCA

Ontario SPCA and Humane Society:
Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario's Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities.

Since 1919, when Ontario's first Animal Welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce Animal Welfare legislation. 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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