CORNWALL, ON (July 7, 2016) – On Thursday, July 6, 2017 the Ontario SPCA Rescue & Relief Services rolled into the City of Cornwall to offer support to the dedicated citizens currently providing foster care for the stray animals in the Cornwall region. A total of 73 cats and kittens were surrendered to the Society with several more scheduled to be surrendered on July 7, 2017.
The pet overpopulation in Cornwall, which historically has been challenging, has spiked recently with an abundance of homeless cats. The Ontario SPCA recognized the urgency of the situation and took action.
All adoptable cats currently being sheltered at our local site have been transferred to other animal care centres throughout the province for adoption, making space for urgent sheltering needs. The Ontario SPCA Rescue & Relief Services vehicles arrived in Cornwall to accept community cats and kittens from residents currently fostering these animals and transfer the animals for adoption into forever homes. Treatment needed by these cats and kittens, including spaying/neutering procedures, will be provided by the Ontario SPCA in advance of the pets being adopted, ensuring that future litters are prevented.
The Ontario SPCA thanks our staff and our volunteers for continuing to work diligently to care for animals and support community animal welfare efforts while the City develops solutions. This situation is urgent and, on behalf of the animals in need, we will continue to support community-based efforts and we will continue be available to the City of Cornwall to assist them in getting solution-based resources in place.
The Ontario SPCA strongly encourages the City of Cornwall to establish a Municipal Community Animal Management Strategy. Such a strategy will help reduce the pet overpopulation and create a healthier environment for pets in the community.
The Ontario SPCA is a charity and relies on the generosity of donors to provide Rescue & Relief Services. The public’s support is appreciated and helps to save animals lives.
Ontario SPCA and Humane Society:
Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario's Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of close to 50 communities.
Since 1919, when Ontario's first Animal Welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce Animal Welfare legislation. The Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.
Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education and Animal Centre.