02 September 2014

PetSmart Charities funds new Ontario pet clinic

The North Bay & District Humane Society in Ontario announced a groundbreaking partnership with PetSmart Charities last week that propelled the opening of a new pet clinic offering low-cost spay and neuter surgeries. 

The 350,000 project was made possible by a $200,000 commitment from PetSmart Charities of Canada as well as reserve funds of North Bay Humane. 

An event to highlight the announcement August 29 was well attended by media and local dignitaries, including North Bay mayor, Al McDonald. Executive Director Daryl Vaillancourt told attendees the clinic goal is to complete 2,500 spay/neuter surgeries this year with the ultimate goal of 5,000 surgeries annually. 

Overpopulation of dogs and cats continues to be a persistent problem in the North Bay and surrounding area resulting in tens of thousands of animals entering shelters across the country each year. Operating as a full service clinic, this initiative will allow the organization to provide on-site primary care to animals housed there as well as offer services to other humane societies, remote communities and rescue agencies in the area. 

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