218 animals find loving homes at Great Canadian Adopt-a-thon Challenge Ontariospca

218 animals find loving homes at Great Canadian Adopt-a-thon Challenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - St. Catharines (October 25, 2016) – The Welland & District SPCA teamed up with Sarnia & District Humane Society from Oct. 21-23 for a friendly competition to see which centre could adopt out the most animals during the Great Canadian Adopt-a-thon Challenge, presented by PetSmart Charities.

“The first Great Canadian Adoption event was a huge success thanks to the support of the community and the collaboration that went into making this a great day for animals,” says John Greer, Executive Director, Welland & District SPCA. “With  partnerships of like-minded organizations, anything is possible.”

The Sarnia & District Humane Society found loving homes for 111 animals, narrowly nosing out the Welland & District SPCA, which changed the lives of 107 animals. Among the 218 animals that were adopted during the three-day event were dogs and puppies from two recent transfers from communities in Northern Ontario. The adopt-a-thon was the brainchild of the Welland & District SPCA, the Sarnia & District Humane Society and the North Bay & District Humane Society to help find homes for those dogs.

“The Sarnia and District Humane Society was thrilled to play such an important role in helping 218 lives that matter,” says Donna Pyette, Executive Director, Sarnia & District Humane Society. “The collaborative efforts of all involved proves what we, as Animal Welfare organizations, can do when we work together to improve the lives of so many in need. I commend the First Nations communities for being proactive in their efforts to end animal overpopulation in their communities.”

Close to 60 community dogs were flown by North Star Air on Oct. 7 from a community 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay to the Peterborough Airport, where they were triaged by a team of volunteers from across the province inside a hangar provided by they Loomex Group. Led by the Provincial Animal Transfer Team, which was established by the Ontario SPCA and is made up of volunteers and organizations from all across Ontario, the transfer was made possible by over 20 partners, including the North Bay & District Humane Society, the Welland & District SPCA, the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society, the Sarnia & District Humane Society and Beat the Heat Kenora. To read more about the transfer, visit the Ontario SPCA blog at www.ospca.on.ca

A second more recent transfer on Oct. 15-16, which was coordinated by the North Bay & District Humane Society with the support of the Ontario SPCA, brought an additional 70 dogs from another Northern community. Transfers like this help northern communities manage their pet overpopulation concerns by finding homes for community dogs.

“The North Bay & District Humane Society is proud to partner with organizations in southern Ontario, our Northern Ontario sister Societies, reputable rescues like Beat the Heat, and the Ontario SPCA,” says Daryl Vaillancourt, Executive Director, North Bay & District Humane Society. “These incredibly positive partnerships have helped solidify our leadership in animal welfare. We look forward to continued and enhanced relationships with Indigenous Communities and enhancing the lives of animals across the province.”




Daryl Vaillancourt
North Bay & District Humane Society

Donna Pyette
Sarnia & District Humane Society

John Greer
Welland & District Humane Society