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175 Northwestern Ontario cats head south for adoption

Two area shelters have reached capacity

KENORA, Ont. -- Several animal welfare organizations are teaming up to save the lives of 175 cats currently being sheltered in Northwestern Ontario.

The Welland & District Humane Society and the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will transfer the cats to southern Ontario where they will be put up for adoption.

The Kenora Cat Shelter and the Second Chance Pet Network in Dryden reached out for help when their facilities reached capacity.

Beat The Heat Kenora, a volunteer-based animal welfare group, is taking 75 felines from that city to Wawa where they will rendezvous with the Welland SPCA's transport team.

The Ontario SPCA sent a team with a specially-equipped van to Dryden to pick up 100 cats for a long road trip that was to start Wednesday afternoon.

"This mission is a true collaboration and dedication to animal welfare," said John Greer, executive director of the Welland & District SPCA. "These cats have been given a second chance thanks to all the community partners involved."

Greer said his organization is looking forward to collaborating in the future with the northwestern Ontario groups.

The director of Humane Programs and Community Outreach with the Ontario SPCA, Daryl Vaillancourt, said "Partnerships like this truly do make a difference in the lives of animals."


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