Ontario SPCA performs 100,000th spay/neuter procedure to reduce pet overpopulation
IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Stouffville, ON (June 14, 2017) – The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society has reached a major milestone, performing its 100,000th spay/neuter procedure since it began offering high volume spay/neuter services to the public in 2009.
Spaying and neutering pets reduces shelter intake and euthanasia. It can also reduce health risks, physical stress and improve behaviour. Fixed pets are also less likely to roam, reducing the risk of injury, accident and loss.
As part of a larger provincial strategy to help reduce pet overpopulation, the Ontario SPCA began offering high quality, high volume and self-sustaining spay/neuter services to the public in 2009 when it opened the Ontario SPCA Centre Veterinary Hospital near Newmarket. Mirroring the success of that service, the Ontario SPCA Marion Vernon Memorial Animal Clinic in Barrie transitioned that same year to exclusively offering high-volume spay/neuter services.
Supported by PetSmart Charities, the spay/neuter services offered by the Ontario SPCA are open to the public, shelters and rescue groups, regardless of geography or income level. Based on a conservative estimate of average litter size and how many litters can be produced annually by every unfixed female, the number of female cats and dogs that have been spayed to date could have produced more than 6,152,000 kittens and 1,338,000 puppies, respectively.
“Spaying or neutering your pet is an important step in helping to prevent animal overpopulation,” says Tanya Firmage, Chief of Humane Programs & Community Outreach. “Thank you to everyone who has helped us reach this amazing milestone, including pet owners who did their part to control the population by having their pets fixed. We look forward to the day when we can celebrate the next 100,000 procedures.”
For more information, visit spayneuter.ontariospca.ca
Ontario SPCA and Humane Society:
Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario's Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of close to 50 communities.
Since 1919, when Ontario's first Animal Welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce Animal Welfare legislation. The Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.
Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education and Animal Centre.
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