Ontario SPCA sets record straight on cat surrendered in Kingston Ontariospca

Ontario SPCA sets record straight on cat surrendered in Kingston

Kingston, ON (June 30, 2016) – The Ontario SPCA would like to correct misinformation that has been presented to the public about a cat in Kingston that was surrendered on June 24.

The cat, named “Jack,” was brought to a local veterinary clinic by its owner for medical treatment for a condition that left the cat in chronic pain with poor quality of life. The veterinarian treated the cat, but could not alleviate Jack’s condition, and further treatment was required. The owner refused any further treatment and took the cat home.

When a veterinarian recognizes an animal is in distress and the owner refuses to provide care for that animal, by law a veterinarian is required to report this to the Ontario SPCA. The Ontario SPCA commends this veterinarian for doing their job and abiding by the law.

The Ontario SPCA followed up on this concern and the owner voluntarily surrendered their animal to the Society. The owner signed an official surrender form, required for documenting that he was giving ownership of his animal to the Society.

As the new caregiver of the animal, it is the Ontario SPCA’s responsibility to ensure that the animal did not suffer and was provided the appropriate care. Based on the medical condition of the animal at that time, euthanasia was the most humane option. 


Melissa Kosowan 
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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