The Ontario SPCA encourages pet owners to limit the amount of time a dog is tethered and to ensure your dog can move safely and unrestricted, allowing appropriate, food, water, shelter and shade.
While it is not against the law for dogs to live outdoors, the Ontario SPCA strongly recommends bringing your dog indoors and wants to remind the public that provincial animal welfare legislation requires that animals receive adequate care.
Animal welfare encompasses both the physical and mental health of an animal. As caretakers, pet owners must consider the overall well-being of their animal when making decisions about their care.
Pet owners are encouraged to observe the “Five Freedoms” to ensure the mental and physical needs of the animals in our care are met.
The “Five Freedoms” include:
Fit to be tied about tethering? Here’s what you can do to help keep Ontario’s pets safe:
1. Ensure your own pet’s needs are being met
Some breeds of dogs are suited for winter weather and enjoy being outdoors for longer periods. However, any dog that spends time outside needs to be provided with an insulated doghouse of the proper dimensions. For instructions on how to build the perfect housing for your outdoor dog, see our Ideal Doghouse brochure.
Additional considerations include:
2. Spread the word on social media
Please encourage your friends, family and coworkers to share this important message on social media using the hashtag #winterpetsafety
3. Contact your local municipality
Request your municipal council to enact a tethering bylaw to protect animals in your community who can’t speak for themselves.
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AnimalSmart™ Primary - Grades 1 -3: A research-based, anti-bullying, empathy-building learning resource dedicated to educating young children in the knowledge and understanding needed for respectful animal care.The Ontario SPCA AnimalSmart™ lesson plans support children and their families in developing and maintaining positive relationships with pets by:
Lesson plans are organized around four interrelated Strands which provide a comprehensive and integrated foundation for teaching and learning. Primary Strand and Lesson Titles
Students engage in active learning as they take on the challenges of:
|CARE AND COMMITMENT||CHOICES AND DECISIONS||EMPATHY AND RESPECT||RELATIONSHIPS|
|Choose with Care||Exploring Feelings||T.R.U.S.T.||Be Prepared|
|Know and Do||Friends Forever||Safe Spaces||Watch and Listen|
|Take a Guess||Thinking it Through||Depend on Us||Safety First|
| Summative Task:
Caring for Your Pet
All About My Pet
| Summative Task:
Pet Owner Interview
Write All About It!
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SPCAs and Humane Societies across Canada encourage pet owners that if you’ve ‘Got a Pet? Get a Vet!™’.
It`s important to establish a relationship with a veterinarian when you get a pet. Just one veterinary check-up a year will help protect against a variety of potentially life-threatening diseases, detect health problems sooner, and avoid unexpected costs.
Don`t wait until something goes wrong to take your pet in for a check-up. Schedule a visit with your local veterinarian to ensure a longer, healthier life for your pet(s).