PetSmart Charities of Canada Helps Spay and Neuter Surgeries to go Mobile in Ottawa

The Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) has spent years studying cat overpopulation, identifying specific neighbourhoods with the highest stray populations and shelter surrender rates in the city.  During their analysis, it also came to light that those same neighbourhoods tended to be in lower income areas of Ottawa, meaning that the OHS had to find a way to spay and neuter services more accessible and more affordable. 

Enter Ottawa’s first mobile Spay and Neuter Truck. It’s a custom-built, state of the art mobile clinic supported by more than $300,000 in grants from PetSmart CharitiesTM of Canada, as well as other donations to the Ottawa Humane Society from their community of supporters. 

The mobile clinic can be driven to neighbourhoods in need so that accredited veterinarians can provide subsidized sterilizations for only a nominal fee (approximately $20) to pet parents who do not have a veterinarian and could not otherwise afford to pay for this important surgery for their pets.

But the best news yet is that this new mobile clinic won’t just be helping to reduce cat overpopulation in Ottawa.  The OHS team plans to measure the impact and effectiveness of this program so that their key learnings can be applied to other municipalities facing similar concerns. 

“Supporting projects like the Ottawa Humane Society’s mobile spay and neuter truck is part of PetSmart Charities of Canada’s mission to end pet homelessness. By working with our animal welfare partners and focusing our grants on innovative spay and neuter programs, we can reduce the number of homeless pets in Canada and ultimately make sure that every pet has the best chance possible at finding a forever home,” said Dani Mailing, Regional Relationship Manager for PetSmart Charities of Canada, who was invited to speak at mobile truck launch event on Sept. 8, 2016. 

 

PetSmart Charities of Canada Mobile Pet Clinic

Photo Caption:  Mobilizing Spay and Neuter Efforts in Ottawa:  From Left to Right:

City Councillor, Catherine McKenney; Deputy Mayor, Mark Taylor; Mike Laviolette, Chair of the Board, Ottawa Humane Society;

Dani Mailing, PetSmart Charities of Canada; City Councillor, Keith Egli; and Bruce Roney, Executive Director, Ottawa Humane Society

are pictured in front of the Ottawa Humane Society’s new mobile spay and neuter truck, made possible by grants from PetSmart Charities of Canada.

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