Shaping the future of animal well-being

In 2019, thousands of people took the first step to help create a better future for animals by taking part in the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society’s Change for Animals campaign.

A survey was launched at inviting the public to share their thoughts on what the future of animal welfare in Ontario should look like.

AnimalSmart™ fosters compassion in kids

It was a year of development, discovery and advancement for the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society’s AnimalSmart™ humane education series.

AnimalSmart™ is designed to develop and maintain positive relationships with companion animals and help children learn how to live compassionately. The lesson plans for Grades 1-3, which were created in consultation with teachers, address a variety of Ontario curriculum expectations.

New online tool focuses on animals’ emotional needs

Building on the success of its website, the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society rolled out a new online tool and resource for shelter professionals and pet families to improve the behavioural health of animals by focusing on their mental and emotional needs.


Over 700 volunteers across the province help animals every year

In 2019….

Volunteers contributed over 28,500 HOURS

Volunteers drove over to 1,100 TRIPS to take animals to appointments, deliver critical supplies and support our animal centres

Volunteers logged 10,000 VISITS with cats awaiting adoption

Volunteers visited 1,400 TIMES with small animals waiting to find loving families

Volunteers went on 2,900 WALKS with dogs to keep them happy and exercised

Volunteers prepared and served over 83,000 POUNDS OF FOOD to animals in our care

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Thousands of animals find loving homes during iAdopt for the Holidays

Close to 3,300 animals across Canada received the greatest gift of all during the holidays in 2019 – the gift of a loving home.

Through this united effort, thousands of lives were changed in a short time. The campaign saw an amazing 3,267 animals adopted from 34 participating organizations.

From uncertain fate to loving families

When we picked up Mocha from an overcrowded pound in Québec, we couldn’t understand how the nine year-old German Shepherd-type dog could have ended up there, days away from being euthanized.

The pound where Mocha ended up was stretched to capacity when she arrived, with more dogs coming in every day.

Innovative program places feral cats in working homes

Community cats, which some people refer to as feral cats, require alternative homes due to a lack of socialization.

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is giving these cats “jobs” as working cats through a pilot project at the Ontario SPCA Provincial Education & Animal Centre in Stouffville.


Breaking down barriers to help people and pets

Every day, pet parents in this province go without so they can afford to care for their animals. Many people struggle to provide the best care possible for their pets with limited resources.

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society was able to help pet parents break down barriers like finances, transportation or proximity to resources like veterinary clinics and other wellness services thanks to a generous grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada®.

Service dog won’t let PTSD stand in the way

Nakita is the rock who helps Dan live with post-traumatic stress disorder. After an intensive year of training to become his service dog, in 2019 Nakita became a permanent part of Dan’s life.

“She gives me a reason to get up every day,” Dan says. “She has changed my outlook on my life and retirement. She’s the companion I need to get through the hard days.”

Working together to protect animals

The Cornwall Police Service showed its commitment to animals in 2019 by undergoing an intensive training course delivered by the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. Notably, all members of the police service took part – an unprecedented move.

The training, which is part of a province-wide initiative open to all enforcement agencies, shared resources and knowledge of animal well-being and behaviour, as well as tips on navigating complex animal welfare legislation.

Animals in War pins unite communities

As Canadians paused on Remembrance Day to remember those who have served, the animals who bravely stood alongside our veterans were also honoured through the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society’s Animals in War campaign.

The Ontario SPCA launched its first collectable Animals in War pin in 2017 to recognize the wartime contributions of animals. This initiative funds the care of vulnerable animals at Ontario SPCA animal centres while also giving back to veterans.


Six-year-old bakes a difference for animals

At only three years old, Mackenzie Lummiss knew she wanted to help animals. With the support of her family, she got involved with National Cupcake Day™.

Now six years old, Mackenzie has raised over $4,100. One of the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society’s youngest philanthropists, she bakes her own cupcakes – vanilla, chocolate and rainbow are her specialties – for the annual fundraiser held every February. She then goes door-to-door in her neighbourhood or hosts cupcake parties to raise much-needed funds.

Giving the gift of a second chance

As long-time supporters of the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society, Lloyd and Elaine Burrow have made it their life’s mission to change the lives of animals in need.

Their most recent philanthropic gift came after attending the Ontario SPCA’s Annual Educational Conference in 2019, where they learned about the issue of dog overpopulation in Northern Canada.

Tragedy brings team together for animals

When Jessica Tsoy passed away suddenly in 2017, her colleagues at TPS Promotions & Incentives in Markham were devastated. Jessica loved animals, so it seemed fitting for her colleagues to walk in her honour at the Ontario SPCA Friends for Life! Walk™.

Sweet corporate partner to the rescue

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society loves its corporate partners and their passion for helping animals.

We welcomed a particularly sweet new partner in 2019, when Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. reached out to see how they could help animals and engage their employees in a meaningful way.


2019 totals

Annual report spay neuter numbers

New mobile unit rolls into communities

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society rolled out something big in 2019 – a 38-foot SPCA Mobile Animal Wellness Services Unit to give pet families in underserved areas access to critical resources like spay/neuter services.

The mobile unit, which was made possible thanks to a grant provided by the Pet Valu family of stores through its Giving Back Project, features two surgical tables where 20-30 spay/neuter procedures can be performed per day in addition to wellness services.

Partners make change possible

The SPCA Mobile Animal Wellness Unit visited communities across the province in 2019, including Northern communities.

Over 400 animals were spayed or neutered in a few short months, preventing an estimated 16,000 potentially unwanted kittens and puppies.


Animal North Network

A lack of basic animal wellness services, such as veterinarians and spay/neuter services, has led to uncontrolled growth of dog populations across Northern Canada.

The Animal North Network brings awareness, attention and action to the serious issue of dog overpopulation in the North and a lack of animal wellness resources in Northern communities.

From homeless to service dog

When Sheeba rushed to Brianna Beck’s aid as the young woman was suffering from a panic attack, Brianna knew her new best friend was also her protector. After going through training to hone her instincts, Sheeba is now Brianna’s service dog.

One Health, One Welfare

Throughout everything that it does, the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is guided by a “One Health, One Welfare model.” It’s a concept that recognizes the unity and interconnectedness of people and pet health as they relate to each other and the environment.