Ontario SPCA Mobile Animal Wellness Services unit gets a makeover

by | General Pet Care Interesting |

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society’s Mobile Animal Wellness Services unit is sporting a new look thanks to an updated exterior wrap design.  

Generously sponsored by Pet Valu’s Companions for Change™ sponsorship, the impressive 38-foot mobile unit has two surgical tables and can perform up to 25 spay/neuter procedures during a spay/neuter event. Wellness services are also offered on board the mobile unit. The unit allows the Ontario SPCA to deliver spay/neuter and wellness services to underserved communities.  

Did you know? 

Did you know that, on average, dogs have four puppies per litter and can have up to two litters each year. A reproductive lifespan of 10 years equates to 80 puppies in a lifetime for one unspayed dog. Cats have an average of four kittens per litter and can have up to three litters per year.  With a reproductive lifespan of 10 years, that equals 120 kittens in a lifetime for one unspayed cat. 

1,770 dogs and cats spay/neutered

To date, the Ontario SPCA Mobile Animal Wellness Services unit has visited 30 communities throughout the province, providing 1,770 dog and cat spay/neuter procedures and 175 wellness exams for pet families. These spay and neuter surgeries have prevented potentially 79,992* unplanned or unwanted puppies and kittens who may have otherwise been without a home. 

The mobile unit assists animals in underserved communities. The Ontario SPCA works with municipalities and local social support services in the community to help provide pet parents with access to wellness and spay/neuter services. 

“Our mobile unit helps us provide much needed spay and neuter surgeries to those who may not have otherwise been able to access this service,” says Hope Lumbis, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society Mobile Clinic Manager. “We are also able to provide wellness exams and routine vaccination. These vaccines are so important to help keep pets healthy.” 

Sudbury area spay/neuter and wellness services 

The mobile unit is currently stationed in Sudbury for the remainder of 2023 to provide additional accessible spay/neuter and wellness services to Northern pet families.  

“Being able to bring the mobile unit to areas of need within the Greater Sudbury area helps break down some of the barriers people have in getting their animals veterinary care,” notes Hope Lumbis. 

The Ontario SPCA will also provide end-of-life care, when necessary and requested by the family. For animals requiring additional or emergency care, the family will be referred to a local veterinarian for additional treatment. 

Thanks to a Pet Valu Companions for Change™ sponsorship of $175,000, the Ontario SPCA launched its SPCA Mobile Animal Wellness Services Unit in 2019, delivering wellness examinations and spay/neuter services to underserved communities. This year, Pet Valu provided an additional $150,000 Companions for Change sponsorship which will be used to support the Mobile Animal Wellness Services Unit over the next three years. With the help of generous donations from devoted pet lovers across the country, since 2018, Pet Valu’s Companions for Change™ sponsorships have helped animal rescues and charities across Canada achieve larger capital projects. 

Check out the new look of the Ontario SPCA Mobile Animal Wellness Services unit!

To learn more about the Ontario SPCA Mobile Animal Wellness Services, or to make a donation to help stock the unit with medical supplies and cover operating costs, visit Ontariospca.ca/mobileservices 

*Calculations are based on the average reproductive lifespan of the female animals spayed and only reflect the number of offspring these animals could have produced throughout their life; those of their offspring are not included. 

 

 

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