The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society launches new and exciting online tool

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The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society launches new and exciting online tool

Shelter Health Pro website offers professional tips and resources on animal behaviour, stress reduction and enrichment

Stouffville, ON (March 2, 2020) – The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society has launched a free online tool for shelter professionals and pet owners to improve the behavioural health of animals by focusing on their mental and emotional needs.

The new Environmental Needs & Behavioural Health section on the website includes professional tips and tools on training and behaviour, enrichment, socialization activities and strategies to reduce stress in animals.

The recommendations were developed by animal health and behaviour experts and are presented in a user-friendly format that make them accessible to all animal caregivers. Content includes:

  • Enrichment activities for cats, dogs and small animals
  • Animal training and behaviour modification
  • Recognizing animal stress and how to reduce it
  • Guidelines for ideal housing

Caregivers have access to the tools needed to help keep shelter animals happier and healthier to increase their chance of adoption. The site also helps families with pets prevent and modify behavioural issues, as unwanted behaviours can lead to challenges and frustration.

“Our goal is to enhance the comfort of the animals in our care and ensure they have a humane and healthy environment – whether that’s in an animal shelter, or in a home,” says Dr. Magdalena Smrdelj, Chief Veterinary Officer, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. “We invite everyone involved in animal care at all levels to consider the emotional and mental well-being of our animal friends.”

For more information on the Shelter Health Pro website, visit



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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.


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