The Ontario SPCA makes cross-province journey to help 32 Northern cats find homes

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Stouffville, (April 20, 2023) – Marking its first Northern animal transfer of the year, the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society has returned from Northern Ontario with 32 cats that will have the opportunity to find loving homes thanks to a unique partnership.

Ontario SPCA animal centres in Sudbury, Muskoka, Midland, Barrie, Orillia and Orangeville will find homes for 32 of the cats through their adoption programs.

The special feline passengers arrived yesterday and 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. In many Northern communities, there are more adoptable animals than there are families who can give them homes.

“We had the capacity to welcome these cats, which allows our animal partners in the North to assist more animals who need sheltering and care,” says Arista Wogenstahl, Regional Manager, Northern Outreach Services, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. “By working together, we are able to give 56 cats the opportunity to find a family who will love them.”

“We are grateful to the Ontario SPCA for their assistance in finding forever homes for our furry friends and companions,” says Ann Owens, Founder and Director, Second Chance Pet Network. “Because of this, we are able to help other communities that may not be as fortunate as we are.”

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 manage animal populations through spay/neuter and re-homing initiatives.

Interested in adopting? Visit the Ontario SPCA’s adoption page at 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 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.