Ontario SPCA - Between Friends - Winter 2015

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  • V O LU M E 1 / I S S U E 0 7 FA L L / W I N T E R 2 0 1 5

    Highlighting what your generosity

    means to our animal friends

    IN THIS ISSUE

    See How Your Support Saved Ragettis Life

    Page 2 All in the Family

    Page 4 One of a Kind Facility Cares for Reptiles in Need

    Page 5 Q & A with the Cat Whisperer

    Page 5 4 Tips to Keep Animals Safe this Winter

    Ragetti and his mom Megan

  • Rescue & Relief ontariospca.ca

    When Megan rst brought Ragetti home, she assured her Mom the cat wouldnt be with them long. After all, the 15-year-old domestic short hair was in rough shape. Missing one eye and completely blind in the other, the elderly cat was rail thin, losing fur and suering from a fracture in his tail. I wasnt even sure if hed live, recalls Megan. I just knew I didnt want him to die alone in the shelter.

    The rst time Ragetti found himself in the Ontario SPCA, he had come in as a stray. Sta used his microchip to contact his family who came to pick him up. The next time, Ragetti wasnt so lucky. The poor cat spent weeks outdoors in the frigid cold and was missing one eye. This time, his owners never came.

    The abandoned cat was sitting in a cage near a group of kittens when Megan rst saw him. It broke my heart to know that hed had a home his whole life and now, in his old age and clearly visually impaired he found himself

    homeless, explains Megan. When Megan picked Ragetti up, he started purring like crazy. I knew right away I needed to take this cat home.

    Ragetti settled in quickly to his new life with a little help from Megans dog, Lincoln, a rescued Australian shepherd. Lincoln took on the role of Ragettis seeing eye dog. If Ragetti got himself stuck in a corner he would sit still and meow until Lincoln came to lead him. Now 17, Ragetti is enjoying his retirement years in comfort. Megan explains, As soon as he hears a recliner chair open, he is there waiting to sit on your lap and he complains if you take too long. Hes such an old man and such a sweetheart!

    I would love to see more people give older pets or pets with an obvious disability a chance, says Megan. They appreciate things so much more. Ragetti is so grateful to have a warm house and good food to eat. He is the perfect cat in every way.

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    The Ontario SPCA has many senior pets in need of a good home. Consider fostering or adopting today. Visit ontariospca.ca

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    Have you ever wondered where your dog gets their quirky personality or been curious if they are like their littermates?

    When Catherine and Kevin adopted Gracie, a Masti mix puppy, from the Ontario SPCA last March, they noticed immediately how dierent she was from their other dog. They knew Gracie had been part of a large rescue, brought in at just ve weeks of age along with her mother and six young siblings. So when the couple had the opportunity to reunite Gracie with one of her brothers for a play date, they jumped at the chance.

    The siblings ran to each other immediately. Lennon, Gracies brother, would not leave her side, recalls Catherine. He had to be beside her all the time.

    These dogs were together for three months as puppies and to see them together again is just priceless, says Catherine.

    We discovered they are exactly the same in so many ways.

    Although the dogs have only had one play date so far, their owners stay in close contact. We exchange pictures all the time, explains Catherine. Wed denitely like to get Gracie and Lennon together again and perhaps even meet their other ve siblings one day if we can gure it out.

    Catherine encourages other adopters to join the Ontario SPCAs online Adopter Community. You can connect with other adopters, says Catherine. If enough people joined, it would be easier to bring siblings together again.

    To join the Ontario SPCA Adopter Community, visit adoptercommunity.ontariospca.ca

    Imagine trying to care for 235 reptiles in a small wartime bungalow. This was the predicament facing John Greer, Executive Director at the Welland SPCA, and Mike London, reptile expert and educator from Reptile Kingdom, when they were called in to help with a massive relocation of exotic animals in the Niagara region. The owner passed away suddenly, leaving behind a private reptile collection that included a 14-foot American alligator, many rare species of snakes and two critically endangered Orinoco crocodiles.

    With nowhere appropriate to take the reptiles, the team provided in-home care for over six months. Our mandate at the Ontario SPCA is to care for all animals -- we cant forget about them just because they arent cuddly or furry, says John.

    This case was one of many that highlighted the real need for a safe house for reptiles.

    Thanks to donor support, the new ProvincialInvestigations Reptile Housing Facility in Thorold is now open. The rst of its kind in Ontario, the Centre is a unique partnership between the Ontario SPCA and Welland SPCA and is equipped to house surrendered or seized reptiles. It also provides animal investigation ocers and shelter managers with crucial training in reptile identication and safe handling. The team also oers a vital reptile identication service to rst responders across Ontario. Our goal is to keep the reptiles healthy and happy and keep people safe, says Mike.

    Asked to name his favourite reptile, John doesnt hesitate: The Orinoco crocodile is absolutely beautiful but they have been driven to the brink of extinction, he explains. It was very rewarding to know we had a hand in helping two of these magnicent creatures nd a safe and suitable new home. For the rst time in 25 years, the breeding pair have enough room to be housed together and are getting sunshine on a regular basis. They are living the good life, says John.

    All in the Family

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    Small Change. Big Dierence.Introducing a new way to help the Ontario SPCA

    If you have a BMO MasterCard credit card, now theres an easy way to make a real dierence to animals. BMOs new ChangeIt program allows customers to round-up their credit card transactions and give the rounded up amount to the Ontario SPCA on a monthly basis.

    The small change from each transaction carried over a large number of purchases made by BMO MasterCard credit card customers will make a Big Dierence in support of animals in need.

    See ChangeIt.com for further information.

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    We have a winner! Every year the Ontario SPCA is proud to honour one promising student at the Ontario Veterinary College, a world leader in veterinary health care. We are thrilled to announce the 2015 Ontario SPCA Veterinary Student Award winner is Kayla Beetham. Kayla has demonstrated excellent prociency and interest in animal welfare and shelter medicine.

    Kayla recently had the opportunity to tour the Ontario SPCA Provincial Education & Animal Centre, participate in a roundtable discussion for OVC veterinary students and spend a week with us on a shelter medicine elective as part of her fourth year curriculum. She has since applied for an internship in shelter medicine for fall 2015. Congratulations Kayla! PAGE 4

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    When Megan rst brought Ragetti home, she assured her Mom the cat wouldnt be with them long. After all, the 15-year-old domestic short hair was in rough shape. Missing one eye and completely blind in the other, the elderly cat was rail thin, losing fur and suering from a fracture in his tail. I wasnt even sure if hed live, recalls Megan. I just knew I didnt want him to die alone in the shelter.

    The rst time Ragetti found himself in the Ontario SPCA, he had come in as a stray. Sta used his microchip to contact his family who came to pick him up. The next time, Ragetti wasnt so lucky. The poor cat spent weeks outdoors in the frigid cold and was missing one eye. This time, his owners never came.

    The abandoned cat was sitting in a cage near a group of kittens when Megan rst saw him. It broke my heart to know that hed had a home his whole life and now, in his old age and clearly visually impaired he found himself

    homeless, explains Megan. When Megan picked Ragetti up, he started purring like crazy. I knew right away I needed to take this cat home.

    Ragetti settled in quickly to his new life with a little help from Megans dog, Lincoln, a rescued Australian shepherd. Lincoln took on the role of Ragettis seeing eye dog. If Ragetti got himself stuck in a corner he would sit still and meow until Lincoln came to lead him. Now 17, Ragetti is enjoying his retirement years in comfort. Megan explains, As soon as he hears a recliner chair open, he is there waiting to sit on your lap and he complains if you take too long. Hes such an old man and such a sweetheart!

    I would love to see more people give older pets or pets with an obvious disability a chance, says Megan. They appreciate things so much more. Ragetti is so grateful to have a warm house and good food to eat. He is the perfect cat in every way.

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    The Ontario SPCA has many senior pets in need of a good home. Consider fostering or adopting today. Visit ontariospca.ca

    >

    Your Gifts Saved Ragettis Life

    ontariospca.caHumane Education/Community Engagement

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    ane