Ontario SPCA and Humane Society travels over 1,700 kilometres to reach underserved pets with new mobile spay/neuter unit
IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Naicatchewenin First Nation, ON (October 1, 2019) – After travelling more than 1,700 kilometres, the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society has arrived in Naicatchewenin First Nation, located north of Fort Frances, where it will be working with the community to deliver spay/neuter and wellness services to area pets on Oct. 1-2.
The mobile clinic marks the first time the Ontario SPCA has traveled to Northwestern Ontario to reach underserved communities since launching its SPCA Mobile Animal Wellness Services unit in June. Naicatchewenin First Nation is welcoming pet owners from other nearby areas during the two-day clinic, which was made possible thanks to a grant by PetSmart Charities of Canada to keep pets in their homes through the delivery of pet wellness services.
Pet care will be provided on the 38-foot SPCA Mobile Animal Wellness unit, which has two surgical tables where 20-30 spay/neuter procedures can be performed per day. The trailer, which was made possible because of a grant provided by the Pet Valu family of stores through its Giving Back Project, is part of the Ontario SPCA’s ongoing efforts to control pet overpopulation and help build relationships with pet owners and their local veterinarian.
“We acknowledge our pets are a spiritual being, according to the teachings of our Elders of our community,” says Wayne Smith, Chief of Naicatchewenin First Nation. “We need to care for these pets with the same values as we would our children. The community of Naicatchewenin recognizes this need and is grateful that there are other good people out there with the same respect for animals. We would like to thank the volunteers for coming to our community and giving their time to help us with our pets, the other members of our families.”
“We are honoured to be guests in Naicatchewenin First Nation,” says Daryl Vaillancourt, Chief, Humane Programs & Community Outreach, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. “We are working together on community-led solutions to create a healthy place for pets and people, and that begins with providing basic animal wellness services that can be difficult to access in many areas of the province.”
As part of its community outreach, the Ontario SPCA will also have members of its team available during the clinic to share tips and resources with community members and school children about pet safety to help build positive relationships with pets and reduce the chance of injuries.
For more information, visit ontariospca.ca/mobileservices
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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 email@example.com
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