Humane societies deliver crucial animal wellness resources to pets in Wikwemikong

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Humane societies deliver crucial animal wellness resources to pets in Wikwemikong

Manitoulin Island, ON (September 13, 2019) – The Niagara SPCA and Humane Society and the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society teamed up earlier this week to bring much-needed resources to animals in the community of Wikwemikong Unceded Territory, performing 95 spay/neuter procedures and close to 200 animal wellness examinations.

The Niagara SPCA and Humane Society’s Mobile Wellness Unit and the Ontario SPCA’s Mobile Animal Wellness Services Unit were in the community on Manitoulin Island from Sept. 9-11. The two state-of-the-art mobile units were stationed at a local arena for the three-day event, where they offered wellness services side-by-side, with the Niagara SPCA and Humane Society also providing spay/neuter surgeries.

The Niagara SPCA and Humane Society, which was formed last year when the Welland & District SPCA and the Niagara Falls Humane Society amalgamated, has a long history of working with the community of Wikwemikong Unceded Territory. The Ontario SPCA was able to lend its support to double efforts in the community after launching its own mobile wellness trailer in June, thanks to a grant provided by the Pet Valu family of stores through its Giving Back Project.

The mobile units have been traveling across the province this summer in a collaborative effort to reduce pet overpopulation and reach underserved pet owners

“We are pleased our friends from the Ontario SPCA are joining us this year on the island as we work with our friends from Wikki Rez to provide spay/neuter and wellness services to the community,” says John Greer, Executive Director, Niagara SPCA and Humane Society. “Together we are making a difference in the lives of many animals. We are also making a difference in the communities we visit, as healthy animals make for healthier communities overall. It is great to see the impact we are having as we work together to reduce pet overpopulation and improve pet health.”

“We were honoured to be invited to the community to work alongside the Niagara SPCA and Humane Society,” says Daryl Vaillancourt, Chief, Humane Programs & Community Outreach, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. “Helping with pet overpopulation and offering animal wellness services to communities across the province is why this partnership is so impactful.”

For more information visit:

Ontario SPCA and Humane Society

Niagara SPCA and Humane Society

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Media Contacts

Ontario SPCA and Humane Society

Media Relations

905-898-7122 x 375

media@ospca.on.ca

Niagara SPCA and Humane Society

John Greer

905-735-1552 x 205

johng@wellandspca.com

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is a registered charity, established in 1873. The Society and its network of animal welfare communities facilitate and provide for province-wide leadership on matters relating to the prevention of cruelty to animals and the promotion of animal well-being. Offering a variety of mission-based programs, including community-based sheltering, animal wellness services, provincial animal transfers, shelter health & wellness, high-volume spay/neuter services, animal rescue, animal advocacy, Indigenous partnership programs and humane education, the Ontario SPCA is Ontario’s animal welfare charity.

Pet Valu’s Giving Back Project

Launched in 2018, Pet Valu’s Giving Back Project provides one time grants to Canadian animal rescues, shelters and charities for the purchase of mobile outreach vehicles so they can offer mobile spay and neuter services and animal rescue transport. In the past year, the Pet Valu family of stores have donated more than $400,000 towards the purchase of four mobile outreach clinics. Animal organizations that wish to apply for a grant, should contact grants@petvalu.com

Thank you so much for all you do

Thank you so much for all you do every day to rescue animals in need. I can’t imagine the terrible situations that you see every day.  It is great that you have the heart to help. Keep up the good work.

-Betty