The Ontario SPCA recognizes cats in wartime with new commemorative Animals in War Pin

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The Ontario SPCA recognizes cats in wartime with new commemorative Animals in War Pin

Stouffville, ON (Oct. 12, 2021) – The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society has released a new commemorative Animals in War collectible pin featuring a cat as this year’s symbol to honour the wartime contributions of animals. The new pin goes on sale today leading up to Remembrance Day.

The Ontario SPCA releases a new commemorative Animals in War collectible pin each year. This year a cat was chosen to represent the sacrifice made by animals who served, and continue to serve, alongside Canada`s veterans. Cats served as companions during wartime and kept ships free of vermin.

Funds from the sale of the pin help provide care for animals in need, as well as support veterans. From each pin sold, $1 is donated to Royal Canadian Legion branches to support veterans.

“On November 11, we remember all those who served, including the animals who stood bravely alongside our veterans,” says Doug Brooks, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. “By wearing the Animals in War pin alongside your poppy this Remembrance Day, you are remembering the courage and sacrifice of our veterans and the animals who gave everything for us.”

The first Animals in War pin was launched in 2017 and the collection includes a horse, a dog, a limited-edition pin in honour of the women who have served in Canada’s military, a pigeon, and now a cat. The animal on the pin symbolizes the wartime contributions of all animals. Mules carried artillery, horses transported troops and hauled field guns, pigeons delivered crucial messages, cats served as companions and kept ships free of vermin, and dogs have served as messengers, medical assistants, bomb detectors and search and rescue workers.

To order your pin, visit ontariospca.ca/AnimalsInWar or call 1-888-668-7722 ext. 360.

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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 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 charity.

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.

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