The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society (OSPCA) is seeking donations to help stock their new SPCA Mobile Animal Wellness Services trailer, which was introduced to pet owners in Pembroke on June 24 and aims to provide better access to resources like spay/neuter services to communities across the province.
The 38-foot trailer features two surgical tables where 20 to 30 spay/neuter procedures can be performed per day. Other services offered through the mobile unit include wellness exams, microchipping and vaccinations. The trailer is meant to help underserved municipalities and pet owners care for the animals in their communities, so the OSPCA chooses where the trailer will go based on which communities have expressed need for their services. The OSPCA is now asking for financial donations to help stock the unit with medical supplies and cover operating costs to ensure that the mobile unit can visit as many communities as possible. Donations received by midnight on June 27 will be matched by a pool of Ontario SPCA supporters.
“It’s important that we spay and neuter as many animals as possible to reduce the number of unwanted animals who end up homeless on the streets, trying to survive,” said Daryl Vaillancourt, chief of Humane Programs and Community Outreach for the OSPCA. “This new mobile unit will also serve as an important educational tool to help pets live longer, healthier lives by educating pet owners about the importance of routine veterinary care with a local veterinarian.”
The trailer will continue on to other communities after a two-day spay/neuter clinic in Pembroke on June 25 and 26, visiting Cornwall on July 9 and 10, Brockville on July 23 and 24, and Peterborough on August 16 and 17. The mobile unit was made possible through a grant provided by Pet Valu as part of its Giving Back Project and represents the OSPCA’s ongoing efforts to control pet overpopulation.
For more information or to donate, visit the OSPCA website.