Written by Maddie Binning
The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society (OSPCA) is encouraging pet owners to get their cats and dogs spayed or neutered to prevent pet overpopulation, saying that their spay/neuter services have curbed overpopulation by an estimated 5.3 million animals in the province, according to news release from March 1.
March is Fix Your Pet Month and it also marks 10 years since the OSPCA Centre Veterinary Hospital in Stouffville, just outside Newmarket, and the OSPCA Marion Vernon Memorial Animal Clinic in Barrie opened. Since then, over 45,219 dogs and 72,418 cats have been spayed/neutered at the two locations. If those animals bred throughout their lifetime, they could have produced an estimated 1,536,000 puppies and 3,844,512 kittens that may have ended up homeless and unwanted, according to the news release
“Animals deserve a better life than wandering homeless on the street,” said Judith Aubin, senior manager of spay/neuter services for the OSPCA in the release. “We’re asking the community to help us end pet overpopulation by spaying and neutering their animals. Book an appointment with your veterinarian, register at the OSPCA’s spay/neuter services or make a donation to help ensure animals in need, who come into our care, won’t be contributing to the issue of homeless pets.”
Pet owners with cats and dogs that need to be spayed or neutered can register at the OSPCA Centre Veterinary Hospital in Stouffville or the OSPCA Marion Vernon Memorial Animal Clinic in Barrie. The two clinics are open to the public, shelters and rescue groups, regardless of geography or income level.
If you don’t have a pet or have already spayed/neutered your pet, you can still help reduce pet overpopulation by donating towards the cost of a procedure for an animal in need. The chance to “spay it forward,” as the news release said, is in honour of Fix Your Pet Month and the 10-year anniversary of the OSPCA’s spay/neuter services,