Ontario SPCA Barrie spay/neuter clinic celebrates third anniversary - a milestone in animal welfare
Barrie, ON (September 5, 2012) – The Ontario SPCA marks another milestone for Animal Welfare. Three years ago today the Ontario SPCA opened the second of their high volume spay/neuter clinics, Ontario SPCA Centre Veterinary Hospital Spay/Neuter Services. Mirroring the successful Newmarket clinic, which opened in February 2009, the second service is also solely dedicated to spaying and neutering pets; the program is designed to directly help end the pet overpopulation crisis in Ontario. The Ontario SPCA is pleased to announce that close to 13,000 animals have been spayed/neutered in the Barrie facility since this clinic’s inception.
The service is open to the public, rescue groups and shelters and has become so popular that there is a waiting list to book an appointment.
The Ontario SPCA Spay/Neuter innovative facilities are part of a larger provincial strategy to help end the pet overpopulation crisis in Ontario. Also to be celebrated, across the province over 20,000 animals have been spay/neutered thanks to these successful clinics.
Spaying and neutering pets helps reduce shelter intake and euthanasia. It can also reduce health risks, physical stress and improve behaviour. Fixed pets are also less likely to roam, reducing the risk of injury, accident and loss.
Some myths & truths about fixing your pet:
• MYTH: Fixing my pet will make him/her overweight. FACT: Fixing your pet should not result in weight gain if your pet receives a healthy diet and sufficient exercise.
• MYTH: Fixing my pet interferes with nature. FACT: Domesticated dogs and cats are completely dependent on humans. It is our responsibility as their guardians to ensure that the number of companion animals born does not exceed the number of available homes.
• MYTH: All animals have the right to have one litter. FACT: Spaying a female cat or dog before she goes into heat even once will greatly reduce her risk of developing mammary, ovarian and uterine cancer.
“Pet overpopulation is at crisis levels here in Ontario. Spaying or neutering your pet can directly address this issue and that’s why the Ontario SPCA has developed spay/neuter clinics,” said Tanya Firmage, Director of Animal Welfare Operations. “It’s our responsibility to keep the number of animals at reasonable levels so they can all be placed in good homes.”
The Ontario SPCA responds to on average 13,000 – 16,000 animal cruelty complaints every year. Protecting pets, by having them spayed or neutered, can help reduce this number and make Ontario a safer place for our pets.
To make an appointment in Barrie, please call 705-734-9883 or 705-734-9882. To make an appointment in Newmarket, please call 905-898-6112 or 1-888-668-7722 extension 384 and leave your daytime phone number. To learn more visit www.spayneuter.ontariospca.ca or www.ontariospca.ca.
Agent Brad Dewar
Investigations and Communications Officer
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, Ontario SPCA relies on donations to fund animal protection, care and rehabilitation; veterinary services; community outreach; advocacy; and humane education.
Ontario SPCA is mandated under the Ontario SPCA Act to enforce animal welfare legislation and 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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