Ontario SPCA re-homing initiative helps 32 Northern cats find homes

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Close to 100 Northern animals transported for adoption in 2023

Stouffville, (June 29, 2023) – The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society has returned from Northern Ontario with 32 cats in need of homes, bringing the total number of Northern cats and dogs transferred this year to 94 animals.

The cats will find homes through Ontario SPCA animal centres in Sudbury, Orillia, Orangeville and York Region, as well as the Humane Society of Durham Region, which formally joined the Ontario SPCA last year. Toronto Cat Rescue has also welcomed some of the feline passengers.

The cats were transported by the Ontario SPCA from the Second Chance Pet Network in Dryden, located approximately 1,300 kilometres north of Sudbury. The Ontario SPCA works with the Northern rescue each year to help it find homes for the cats in its care.

A lack of access to basic animal wellness services, such as veterinarians and spay/neuter services, has contributed to an increase in animal populations across Northern Canada. The Ontario SPCA and its partners work alongside communities to deliver much-needed resources, such as food and mobile wellness services, and to support the management strategies of Northern communities through spay/neuter and re-homing initiatives.

“These are beautiful cats who just want a family to love them, but there are sadly more adoptable animals in many parts of Northern Canada than there are families to adopt,” says Arista Wogenstahl, Regional Manager, Northern Outreach Services, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. “By working together to move these cats to areas of the province where there are families waiting to adopt, it allows our animal partners in the North to assist more animals who need sheltering and care.”

Interested in adopting? Visit the Ontario SPCA’s adoption page at ontariospca.ca/adopt to meet animals available for adoption.



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The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society 

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is a registered charity that has been changing the lives of animals for 150 years. The Society provides care, comfort and compassion to animals in need in communities across Ontario. It values all animals and advocates to treat them with respect and kindness. The Society strives to keep pets and families together and do so through a variety of community support services, such as sheltering and adoptions, including emergency sheltering, feral cat management programs, animal transfers, food distribution, humane education, animal advocacy, and spay/neuter services.

The Ontario SPCA does not receive annual government funding and relies on donations to provide programs and services to help animals in need. To learn more, or to donate, visit ontariospca.ca. Charitable Business # 88969-1044-RR0002.

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society Provincial Office sits on the traditional territory of the Wendat, the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississaugas of Scugog, Hiawatha and Alderville First Nations and the Métis Nation. This territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. The treaties that were signed for this particular parcel of land are collectively referred to as the Williams Treaties of 1923.