The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society creates virtual celebration to mark National Volunteer Week during COVID-19

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The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society creates virtual celebration to mark National Volunteer Week during COVID-19

Stouffville, ON (April 17, 2020) – National Volunteer Week is next week and the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is honouring its more than 700 volunteers through virtual celebrations across the province to recognize those who are making a difference for animals in need.

National Volunteer Week runs from April 19-25 and is a time to celebrate and thank all volunteers in our communities. As a result of COVID-19, the Ontario SPCA’s volunteer program is currently on hold, but the Society still wants to celebrate all the hard work its volunteers have done this past year for the animals. This year they will be celebrating virtually, and the Ontario SPCA is asking the community to help.

To show volunteers in the community that you care and appreciate the difference they make, the Ontario SPCA is inviting you to get creative and make a handprint and pawprint to display on your windows with a message to your local volunteers. Or, write a message on your driveway with chalk to let them know you care. Take a photo of your artwork and tag the Ontario SPCA on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @ontariospca

Across the province, more than 700 volunteers change lives each year at the Ontario SPCA’s 12 animal centres. Volunteers walk dogs, socialize cats, drive animals to appointments, clean cages and kennels, wash and sort laundry, help with events – and so many other crucial day-to-day roles

Volunteers contributed over 28,500 hours last year at Ontario SPCA animal centres. They went on over 2,900 walks with dogs, made more than 10,000 visits with cats and prepared and served 83,000 lbs of food to hungry animals.

“Volunteers have been protecting and caring for animals with the Ontario SPCA since 1873,” says Carol May-McQuillan, Director, Volunteer Development, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. “In these challenging times, simple gestures like celebrating the volunteers in your community can raise spirits and show those working behind the scenes that their dedication and compassion doesn’t go unnoticed.”



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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.