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Ontario SPCA launches contest to name foal in its care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Stouffville, ON (August 23, 2017) – The Ontario SPCA has launched a contest asking members of the public to trot out their best horse names to help name a foal that was born in its care.

A Quarter Horse-cross, now named “Dee,” came into the care of the Ontario SPCA Muskoka Animal Centre in March through an investigation. A routine veterinary examination revealed the mare was in foal. Her baby – a healthy colt – was born last month and he now needs a name.

To participate in the contest to name the foal, visit ontariospca.ca/horses and include your choice for the baby’s name. You could win an Ontario SPCA prize pack, including a “Velvet the horse” plush collectable, and a $100 gift card to Greenhawk Harness & Equestrian Supplies.

Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2017.

The Ontario SPCA is well known in communities across Ontario for the work it does to help cats and dogs in need, but horses and ponies also end up in the care of the Society. In fact, 20 horses were adopted into new homes through the Ontario SPCA in 2016 alone.

Many of the horses are surrendered because their owners can no longer care for them, while others – like Dee – come into the care of the Ontario SPCA through cruelty investigations. Big and small, young and old, and of various breeds and abilities, they all share one thing in common – they’re waiting for a loving home and have so much to offer their new families.

“We’re very excited to be giving horse enthusiasts the opportunity to name this colt,” says Tonya Martin, Director, Animal Centres & Humane Programming, Ontario SPCA. “It’s not often that foals are born in our care and we wanted to do something fun to give the public the chance to celebrate this healthy, happy baby boy with us.”

Once the foal is old enough to be weaned from his mother he will be placed up for adoption.

Visit ontariospca.ca/horses for more information.

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MEDIA CONTACT
Melissa Kosowan
Ontario SPCA
mkosowan@ospca.on.ca
289-383-5968

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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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