The rescuer, Michael King, found Mata who was thin, wet and cold, and attempted to find her owner. After nobody claimed her, Michael took her in, feeding for her and caring for her. Despite being homeless, he decided to take her with him on his travels. Armed with food and a crate, Michael took her away from the cold Oregon winter and to the warmer climate of California.
After a trip to a local veterinarian clinic, it was discovered she had a microchip with her former owner’s name, address and contact information. Ron Buss, Mata’s owner, received a call saying his feline companion Mata was alive and doing well under her rescuer’s care.
Although sad to see her go, Michael agreed to return Mata to her owners, and was happy to have enjoyed their 10 months together, traveling as feline and friend.
If you would like to learn more about microchipping your pet, please visit the Ontario SPCA’s Microchip Fact Sheet or talk to your local veterinarian for options available to you.
A combination of approaches — medical control of symptoms, good house cleaning methods and immunotherapy — is most likely to succeed in allowing an allergic person to live with pets.
I was one of those kids…allergic to what seemed like everything. Trees, grass, and yes…sadly all animals with fur or feathers. Growing up allergic to pets, having a four-legged friend was never an option in my household. No matter how much I begged, pleaded our cried, my mother would not give in. “You have allergies…you can’t have a dog”, she would say. “Maybe a goldfish?”
A goldfish! While I understand for some people, goldfish can provide a certain companionship, but I wanted a four-legged, tail wagging, face licking kind of friend. Allergies or no allergies, one day I was going to get a dog.
Now here I am, several years later with two very precious dogs, Oliver and Moose. Allergies are still a problem yes, but I can go about my day to day activities without the constant runny nose, stuffy head and sneeze attacks. The key for me was to reduce as much allergens in the household as possible. This included HEPA cleaners, a pet-free bedroom zone, vacuuming and dusting on a very regular basis, among brushing them regularly. And let me tell you…Moose is quite the shedder but the maintenance is definitely worth the companionship.
Allergies can be a bit of an obstacle in owning a pet. If you are contemplating adoption but worried that your allergies won’t allow it, check out the Ottawa Humane Society’s Coping with Allergies fact sheet. It covers a wide range of information and tips on allergies and pet adoption. Perhaps having a furry companion can be a possibility!
As a gardener, you probably know the benefits of using mulch in your landscape. However, one type, Cocoa Mulch can be harmful to your pets. In the video below, Dave Wilson, Director of Shelter Health & Wellness at the Ontario SPCA, discusses what Cocoa Mulch is and why it is toxic to pets.
Here are a few pics of Molly. You can see in the one picture she is dead asleep with her toy giraffe and her bed. We took her to the pet store and she walked over and picked this as her first toy. She loves it and is always playing with it.
She made a new friend at the park the other day. His name is Zeus and he’s a very large German Shepard but very well trained and so gentle. They run and chase after the tennis ball together. Molly is extremely social and gets so upset when people just walk by her and don’t stop to give her attention. She actually will stop and sit waiting for love. It’s adorable.
She’s off to the vet tomorrow for a checkup and another vaccine and next week we start a 10-week training class.
Don’t you love to spoil your favourite pet? It can be common for pet owners to grab special pet snacks, share scraps from the table or even feed your pet a juicy piece of meat or their preferred people food. What pet owners may not realize is that the pet obesity epidemic is growing, and being heavy not only affects your pet’s health, but their overall life expectancy.
Common health problems that can affect overweight pets can include early arthritis due to stress on joints, susceptibility to skin disease, respiratory problems due to pressure from body fat, Type 2 diabetes and endangering pets during summer weather due to exercise intolerance and heat stroke.
A recent Ottawa case demonstrates just how serious animal obesity can be when Napolean, a 12-year old cat weighing more than 11 kg had to be humanely euthanized as his health was rapidly deteriorating and he could no longer stand or groom himself.
It’s important to ensure you are feeding your pet the proper diet for optimum health and longevity. Consult the Purina dog chart and Purina cat chart for healthy weights and contact your local veterinarian to discuss appropriate feeding for your pet.
We see them every day, but most people don’t give a second thought to a cat peeking out from behind a bush, or running to cross the street. Feral cats are a result of the overpopulation crisis, as the amount of cats that are homeless far exceeds the amount of available homes.
Feral cats may need medical attention
Many people with good intentions leave out food or water for feral cats in their neighbourhood but there is more involved with caring for feral cats.
Want to learn more about Feral Cat Management? Have a listen to the Ontario OSPCA Pawdcast with Jenn Toof, Acting Branch Manager of the Provincial Education and Animal Centre, discussing proper cat care and safety, and what you can do to keep your cat healthy and safe. Also, Roxanne St. Germain, Director, Toronto Feral Cat Project, discusses what a feral cat is, why it is important to manage feral cats and how you can do your part to help control the pet overpopulation crisis in Ontario.
In part 2 of Episode 1, host, Alison Cross, speaks with Fundraising Volunteer Barb McCreath of the Ontario SPCA Orangeville & District Branch. Barb highlights her lenghy experience as a volunteer and her involvement in the bottle drive.
This Father’s Day, forget the tie. Forget the tools. Forget the gadgets.
You can give them something special this year by giving them the gift of saving an animal’s life with the Ontario SPCA Paws & Give catalogue!
Your support helps animals in need in your community and across Ontario.
You can feed a puppy, provide enrichment toys for animals in our care, give a vet check-up, support a puppy mill rescue…you can even sponsor an Agent for the day! You’ll find a wide range of gifts and prices through our Paws & Give catalogue.
Your gift will help animals that are abused, abandoned and neglected in more than 50 communities across our province. And you can send a customized e-card to show dad how much you care!
Season 2 of Animals’ Voice pawdcast is now available!
Animals’ Voice Pawdcast Season 2, Episode 1, Part 1 – In the Field
Host, Alison Cross, speaks with Kevin McKenzie, Development Manager of the Ontario SPCA, about his experience on the road with an Animal Cruelty Agent, volunteering at the Ontario SPCA Orangeville & District Branch, and his day at the Provincial Education & Animal Centre in Newmarket.