Shelter animals dream of finding a loving home in time for Christmas

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Shelter animals dream of finding a loving home in time for Christmas

Over 150 pets adopted from Ontario SPCA animal centres in Simcoe County this season

Simcoe County, ON (December 11, 2019) – Christmas is now just two weeks away and staff at the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society animal centres in Barrie, Orillia and Midland have a holiday wish to see as many animals as possible find a home in time for Christmas.

Already this holiday season, over 150 animals have been adopted at the three animal centres. But animals like Rudy in Orillia, Ace in Midland and bonded Guinea Pig sisters Maple and Peameal in Barrie are still waiting to meet their forever families.

Every year during the holidays, the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society runs an adoption campaign called iAdopt for the Holidays. Launching in November, it runs until Dec. 31 at participating SPCAs, humane societies and rescue groups across Canada. To date, close to 1,500 animals have found loving homes across the country through the campaign.

Potential adopters take part in the science-based Meet Your Match® program, which matches their personality and lifestyle with the animals awaiting adoption. The adoption process helps ensure adopters are going home with their most compatible match.

All cats and dogs available through the Ontario SPCA are spayed or neutered, microchipped, up-to-date on vaccinations and come with a gift of one month of pet insurance. Animals adopted from the Ontario SPCA or a participating partner during the iAdopt for the Holidays campaign will be entered in a draw for a chance to win free pet food for a year from Royal Canin.

To see a full list of participating SPCAs, humane societies and rescue groups, visit


“The holidays are actually a great time to welcome a new furry companion into your life. Together as a family, you can spend time with your new pet and help them settle into their new home,” says Caytlynn Croisier, Manager, Ontario SPCA Midland & District Animal Centre.

“Every animal deserves a home for the holidays. Our focus during the iAdopt for the Holidays campaign is to find the right home for every adoptable animal to help ensure the matches we make are lifetime matches,” says Carol Beard, Manager, Ontario SPCA Orillia Animal Centre.

“We encourage adopters to do their research and be prepared for the commitment that comes with pet ownership. We also encourage the person who will be the pet’s primary caregiver to be involved in the adoption decision-making process,” says Madalyn Abreu, Manager, Ontario SPCA Barrie Animal Centre.


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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.