Ontario SPCA and Humane Society rolls into Kirkland Lake for mobile spay/neuter clinic

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Ontario SPCA and Humane Society rolls into Kirkland Lake for mobile spay/neuter clinic

New mobile wellness unit reaches underserved areas to reduce pet overpopulation

Kirkland Lake, ON (Oct. 15, 2019) – The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society will kick off a two-day mobile spay/neuter unit in Kirkland Lake tomorrow to bring animal wellness services to underserved pet owners and help reduce local pet overpopulation.

The Ontario SPCA launched its 38-foot SPCA Mobile Animal Wellness unit in June thanks to a grant provided by the Pet Valu family of stores through its Giving Back Project. The mobile unit features two surgical tables where 20-30 spay/neuter procedures can be performed per day. It’s part of the Ontario SPCA’s ongoing efforts to reduce pet overpopulation and reach underserved communities.

The mobile unit will be in Kirkland Lake on Oct. 16-17 and has been travelling to communities across the province, reaching underserved areas to provide spay/neuter surgeries, wellness exams, microchipping and vaccinations. In only four months, over 350 spay/neuter procedures have been performed on the mobile unit, preventing an estimated 14,000 potentially unwanted kittens and puppies.

“Many of the people we see with our mobile unit do not have a regular veterinarian and would not have otherwise had their pet spayed or neutered,” says Daryl Vaillancourt, Chief, Humane Programs & Community Outreach, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. “By reaching underserved areas, we are able to make a significant impact on pet overpopulation.”

For more information, visit ontariospca.ca/mobileservices

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*Note to media: Please call ahead to book on-site interview times to ensure a spokesperson is available during this busy event. We will try to facilitate access to the mobile unit for photos/video wherever possible.

MEDIA CONTACT

Ontario SPCA and Humane Society
Media Relations
905-898-7122 x 375
media@ospca.on.ca

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