Welland, ON (July 10, 2014) – In an effort to help reduce the pet over-population crisis in Ontario, The Welland & District Humane Society announces the opening of a high-volume spay/neuter clinic in Welland, Ontario.

When fully operational, the clinic will establish a high-volume spay/neuter service open to the community, specifically aimed at reducing the over-population of cats, offering assistance to surrounding animal welfare organizations and assisting volunteers working with feral cat colonies.


“The Welland & District Humane Society is very pleased to have brought innovations to the communities we serve to increase adoption and address the pet over-population issue,” said John Greer, Executive Director of the Welland & District Humane Society. “This high-volume spay/neuter clinic will significantly help address the over-population of cats in our area and we could not have achieved it without the generosity of PetSmart Charities of Canada.”

“Pet overpopulation is at crisis levels in Ontario. The Ontario SPCA and our Affiliate, the Welland & District Humane Society, encourage the public to fix their pets and help reduce overpopulation levels across the province and, as always, we thank PetSmart Charities for their constant support,” said Kate MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario SPCA.

The Welland & District Humane Society spay/neuter clinic is located at 700 East Main Street in Welland and will begin services to the public in early October 2014. Currently, the clinic is focused on spay/neuter procedures for animals owned by the Humane Society. Soon, they will welcome shelters and rescue groups, regardless of geography and eventually the public, regardless of income level.


The clinic was supported by PetSmart Charities of Canada. PetSmart Charities donated $350,000 in support of the initiative.


“We know that spaying and neutering cats and dogs is the best way to solve the overpopulation of these animals. Providing animal welfare organizations such as the Welland SPCA with grants such as this is our way of supporting them and ensuring they succeed,” said Aaron Asmus, PetSmart Charities.


Tens of thousands of dogs and cats end up homeless on the street or orphaned every year. Having your pet spayed or neutered will directly address this problem. Pet overpopulation also contributes to the cycle of neglect and abuse.


Spaying/neutering pets will also reduce health risks and physical stress, and improve behaviour in your pet. Fixed pets are also less likely to roam, reducing the risk of injury, accident and loss.


To learn more about the importance of fixing your pet, visit Fixyourpet.ca, it's the kindest thing you can do.

For more information, please visit the website, http://www.wellandhumanesociety.org.




Media Contact:


John Greer
Welland & District Humane Society


Stephanie Kerr
PetSmart Charities of Canada


Alison Cross
Ontario SPCA