Home Cat rescue “Furever” homes needed for 28 cats and kittens rescued from northern Ontario

“Furever” homes needed for 28 cats and kittens rescued from northern Ontario


A lack of basic animal welfare services has contributed to an increase in animal populations in northern Canada, says Ontario SPCA

After traveling nearly 1,700 kilometers, a group of 28 northern Ontario cats and kittens arrived in Toronto through the Animal North Network to find new homes.

With cats arriving almost daily at Second Chance Pet Rescue in Dryden, the rescue needed to find homes for the cats it was caring for. The Ontario SPCA transports about 500 animals each year to find new homes and has mobilized to drive the nearly 20-hour drive to bring the cats to families awaiting adoption. During the trip, the Company brought over 700 pounds of cat food to help feed the cats of the North.

The Ontario SPCA arrived in Toronto on Friday morning to hand over its feline passengers to the care of Toronto Cat Rescue, which will help them find a home through its adoption program.

“This relocation initiative is the perfect example of what can be accomplished when animal welfare organizations come together,” says Arista Wogenstahl, Transfer Team Leader, Animal Protection Services, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. “When a request for help comes in, the Ontario SPCA supports in any way we can to change the lives of animals in need.

“Because of our location, we not only receive cats and dogs from Dryden, but from all the surrounding communities, and we don’t have the people to find loving homes for them all,” says Ann Owens, who operates Second Chance Pet Rescue. “Without the help and support of the Ontario SPCA, we would not be able to support the number of animals we are doing.

“Toronto Cat Rescue is here to help shelters, aid companies and rescues, especially with difficult and large requests. We are a virtual and agile network of foster homes who are stepping up to save cats in need, ”said Belinda Vandersluis, Executive Director of Toronto Cat Rescue. “We can expand and create space when space is needed, as is the case with this Nordic rescue. Cats will be spayed / neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and ready for permanent stay before we put them up for adoption. We hope to help more in the North in the future.

Lack of access to basic animal welfare services, such as veterinarians and spay / neuter services, has contributed to the increase in animal populations in northern Canada. The Ontario SPCA and its Animal North Network partners are working alongside communities to provide much needed resources, such as mobile food and wellness services, and to manage animal populations through spay / neuter initiatives. and rehousing.

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