Ontario SPCA’s mobile spay/neuter unit rolls into Oshawa for two-day clinic to curb local pet overpopulation

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Ontario SPCA’s mobile spay/neuter unit rolls into Oshawa for two-day clinic to curb local pet overpopulation

Oshawa, ON (Sept. 23, 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 in Oshawa on Sept. 24-25 to bring animal wellness services to underserved pet owners and help reduce local pet overpopulation.

The two-day clinic booked up quickly and follows on the heels of a spay/neuter clinic the humane societies worked together to bring to Whitby on Aug. 7-8. The mobile unit has been travelling to communities across the province, reaching underserved areas to provide spay/neuter surgeries, wellness exams, microchipping and vaccinations.

The Ontario SPCA launched the 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.

“We are excited to once again work with the Humane Society of Durham Region to deliver these essential pet wellness services to communities where they are needed most,” says Daryl Vaillancourt, Chief, Humane Programs & Community Outreach, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. “We are working closely with pet owners and our animal wellness partners, including local veterinarians, to ensure all pets have access to the care they need.”

“The Humane Society of Durham Region is thrilled to be partnering with the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society to bring these much-needed services to our community,” says Danielle Johnson, Manager, Shelter Operations, Humane Society of Durham Region. “Pet overpopulation is a significant issue and we witness the negative effects of pet over population every day at our centre.  To be able to bring this service to the doorsteps of the pet owners who need it most and to help combat this issue is very near and dear to our hearts and to our organizational mission.”

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

Humane Society of Durham Region
Danielle Johnson
905-665-7430 x 224
Danielle.johnson@hsdr.org

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