Ontario SPCA and Humane Society’s new mobile spay/neuter unit headed to Durham

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Two-day clinic aims to help reduce pet overpopulation and reach underserved pet owners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Whitby, ON (August 1, 2019) – The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society and the Humane Society of Durham Region are teaming up for a two-day mobile spay/neuter clinic on Aug. 7-8 to bring animal wellness services to underserved pet owners and help reduce local pet overpopulation.

Surgeries will be performed inside the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society’s new 38-foot high-volume mobile spay/neuter unit, which features two surgical tables where 20-30 spay/neuter procedures can be performed per day. During the two-day clinic the trailer will be stationed at the Humane Society of Durham Region, located at 1505 Wentworth St. in Whitby.

SPCA Mobile Animal Wellness Services launched in June, with clinics held in Pembroke, Cornwall and Brockville. To date, 157 spay/neuter procedures have been performed, preventing an estimated 6,200 kittens and puppies that may have ended up homeless.

“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. “This is an opportunity to bring the necessary care to those animals while also educating pet owners about resources available, including the importance of establishing a relationship with a local veterinarian.”

The new mobile unit was made possible because of a grant provided by the Pet Valu family of stores through its Giving Back Project. It’s part of the Ontario SPCA’s ongoing efforts to control pet overpopulation and help build relationships with pet owners and their local veterinarian.

For more information, visit ontariospca.ca/mobileservices

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*Note to editors: 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.

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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 grants@petvalu.com

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