The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society (OSPCA) announced a new service with online veterinary help for those who foster animals on Feb. 4.
If after-hours medical attention is needed, now foster parents of pets can use Healthy Pets, a veterinary telemedicine service with text and video-based tools for accessing veterinary care. Any time a foster animal becomes sick or there is a concern for its health when veterinary clinics are closed, OSPCA foster parents can access the Healthy Pets program and contact a veterinarian through text or video conferencing.
“Our foster families dedicate their time to help care for animals that require extra attention and are often sick, requiring veterinarian care,” said Daryl Vaillancourt, chief of humane programs and community outreach at the OSPCA. “We are very excited about this program and how it can support the care of the animals that come through our doors every day.”
The OSPCA said the Healthy Pets program “simplifies access to pet care through a convenient, on-demand and affordable tool that connects pet parents online to a trusted network of local veterinarians.” Healthy Pets advertises their services to address questions about health concerns, diet and behaviour, and product recommendations.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the legacy organization that is the OSPCA. Our mutual goal of providing the best possible pet care to any animal in need made this partnership a no-brainer for us,” said Emma Harris, founder and CEO of Healthy Pets, who was featured on the CBC program, Dragons’ Den. “Working with Daryl and his team has been incredible; their support and dedication to animal welfare is inspiring. I have no doubt we’ll be able to support countless animals through the unique service model offered by Healthy Pets, which is very exciting.”