14 July 2014

Welland & District Humane Society opens a high-volume spay/neuter clinic

In an effort to help reduce the pet overpopulation crisis in Ontario, the Welland & District Humane Society announced the opening of a high-volume spay/neuter clinic last week. 

When fully operational, the clinic will establish a high-volume spay/neuter service open to the community, specifically aimed at reducing the overpopulation of cats, offering assistance to surrounding animal welfare organizations and assisting volunteers working with feral cat colonies. 
"We know that spaying and neutering cats and dogs is the best way to solve the overpopulation of these animals. Providing animal welfare organizations such as the Welland SPCA with grants such as this is our way of supporting them and ensuring they succeed." - Aaron Asmus, PetSmart Charities 

Welland & District is the fourth Ontario SPCA high-volume clinic, joining Newmarket, Barrie and St. Catherines clinics which have collectively performed over 50,000 surgeries since launching in 2009. For its efforts and successes, organization was awarded a Summit Award for Community Compliance in 2013. The initiative was also identified as a leading innovation and OSPCA stakeholders Tanya Firmage and Judith Aubin were invited to present the program to delegates of the 2013 Summit for Urban Animal Strategies and the 2014 Urban Animal Regional Conferences. 


The clinic was supported by PetSmart Charities of Canada who donated $350,000 in support of the initiative. Currently, the clinic s focused on spay/neuter procedures for animals owned by the Humane Society and will begin services to the public, regardless of geography and income level, in early October 2014. 

"The Welland & District Humane Society is very pleased to have brought innovations to the communities we serve to increase and address the pet overpopulation issue," said John Greer, Executive Director of Welland & District Humane. "This high-volume spay/neuter clinic will significantly help address the overpopulation of cats in our area and we could not have achieved it without the generosity of PetSmart Charities of Canada." 

Visit www.fixyourpet.ca for more information. 

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