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SPCA and Humane Society re-homes cats from NW Ontario

36 cats were picked up in Dryden for transfer to SPCA facilities for care and adoption.

DRYDEN, ON — Three dozen cats from Northwestern Ontario will find new homes in other parts of the province, thanks to the efforts of the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society, in partnership with the Second Chance Pet Network.

The animals were picked up in Dryden on Sunday in preparation for their initial transfer to Sudbury.

Once the cats are ready for adoption, they will then be made available for adoption through the SPCA Education & Animal Centre in Stouffville, The Barrie Animal Centre, Midland & District Animal Centre, and Sudbury & DIstrict Animal Centre.

Animals adopted through the SPCA are spayed or neutered, and are also vaccinated and microchipped.

"Second Chance Pet Network faces some unique issues in helping people and their animals, whether it be with medical care, people having to surrender animals, or trying to find good homes for them," said network founder and director Ann Owens.

"We also have a large problem with community/feral cats and newborn kittens."

Owens said her organization is profoundly grateful to the SPCA for taking animals that once had a home and placing them into its various facilities where they have a better chance of being adopted.

SPCA transfer team lead Arista Wogenstahl said that by working together, the two groups can find homes for these cats with families who are waiting to adopt a pet.

Wogenstahl added that the program increases the capacity of the Second Chance Pet Network to assist additional animals needing shelter in Northwestern Ontario.

The SPCA also provides Second Chance with cat food that enables it to care for feral cat colonies.

It says these services are needed in the North where there is a lack of access to basic animal wellness services.


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