Mobile animal units roll into Peterborough, preventing 2,000 potentially unwanted pets – Peterborough Humane Society helps underserved pet owners with 3-day clinic
Peterborough, ON (August 20, 2019) – In only three days in Peterborough, a mobile unit partnership spayed and neutered 48 animals, preventing close to an estimated 2,000 potentially unwanted kittens and puppies, and provided wellness examinations to 42 animals who may not have otherwise received the care.
In partnership with the Peterborough Humane Society, the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society’s SPCA Mobile Animal Wellness Services unit and the Niagara SPCA and Humane Society’s Mobile Wellness Unit were in Peterborough from Aug. 16-18. The two state-of-the-art mobile units were stationed at the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre for the three-day event.
“The Peterborough Humane Society is incredibly thankful for the support provided by our friends at the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society and Niagara SPCA and Humane Society to bring mobile wellness services to our community this past weekend. We had over 300 inquiries for this weekend’s clinic, highlighting the need for such services in our community,” says Shawn Morey, Executive Director, Peterborough Humane Society. “This event provided us with a fantastic opportunity to engage with our community about our Capital Campaign for our new Animal Care Centre, which will include a high volume spay/neuter clinic servicing Peterborough county and beyond. This weekend we saw people driving from as far as two hours away to utilize the animal wellness services we offered. A huge thank you goes to the management and staff at the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre for partnering with us to host this event at their location.”
The mobile units have been traveling across the province this summer in a collaborative effort to reduce pet overpopulation and reach underserved pet owners. Only five per cent of pet owners who brought their pet to the mobile clinic in Peterborough had a regular veterinarian.
“Many people accessing these services don’t have a regular veterinarian for routine care,” says Daryl Vaillancourt, Chief, Humane Programs & Community Outreach, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. “These mobile clinics ensure pets receive basic care and give us an opportunity to talk to pet owners about pet care and the importance of establishing a relationship with a local veterinarian for regular checkups.”
“This is a great example of the collaborative effort of like-minded humane societies,” says John Greer, Executive Director, Niagara SPCA and Humane Society. “With our mobile efforts we are able to reach into communities and provide services that they would not otherwise be able to receive, making for healthier animals and communities.”
For more information:
Peterborough Humane Society
Ontario SPCA and Humane Society
905-898-7122 x 375
Niagara SPCA and Humane Society
905-735-1552 x 205