The Ontario SPCA launches new public awareness campaign encouraging pet owners that if you’ve Got a Pet? Get a Vet!™




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - NEWMARKET, ON (Tuesday, April 28, 2015) – The Ontario SPCA in association with the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association ( and other participating SPCAs and Humane Societies in Ontario, encourage pet owners that if you've 'Got a Pet? Get a Vet!™'.


It`s important to establish a relationship with a veterinarian when you get a pet. Just one veterinary check-up a year will help protect against a variety of potentially life-threatening diseases, detect health problems sooner, and avoid unexpected costs.


“Veterinarians offer a variety of services to keep your pet(s) happy and healthy,” says Tanya Firmage, Director of Animal Welfare and Operations, Ontario SPCA. “Don`t wait until something goes wrong to take your pet in for a check-up. Schedule a visit with your local veterinarian to ensure a longer, healthier life for your pet(s).”


Veterinarians provide services such as:
• Early Disease Detection
• Spaying & Neutering
• Regular Vaccinations
• Flea, Tick and Parasite Prevention
• Prevention of Dental Disease
• Nutritional Counselling
• Addressing Behavioural Concerns
• Pet Identification
• And so much more!


The Ontario SPCA wants to help recognize veterinarians/vet clinics that go above and beyond in providing excellent care for pet(s) and families. From April 27-May 18, 2015 the general public are invited to submit their veterinarian/vet clinic for the 2015 ‘Got a Pet? Get a Vet!™ Award’ and then encourage friends and family to vote for the winner.


For more information on the campaign, to find a vet or enter the contest, visit




Media Contact
Alison Cross
Director, Marketing & Communications

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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