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 Meet your match

You could be gazing at the animal of your dreams, but you just can’t tell what she’s thinking behind that furry face. What if you knew a little something about her personality and habits before you moved in together? The Ontario SPCA’s Meet Your Match™ program, adopted from the ASPCA, wouldn’t let you go home without knowing who’s in that carrier or on that leash. 

Meet Your Match™ is the only method in existence today that evaluates an animal’s behavior and interests and matches them to an adopter’s preferences so that you take home a pet you can really click with.

Canine-ality™ and Puppy-ality™

The Meet Your Match Canine-ality/Puppy-ality assessment begins with an initial MYM SAFER® (Safety Assessment for Evaluating Rehoming) behavior screening to make sure each pooch is a good candidate for adoption. Dogs are then tested on their friendliness, playfulness, energy level, motivation and drive, and placed into one of nine color-coded Canine- or Puppy-alities. Some pooches are laid-back “Couch Potatoes,” others are curious “Busy Bees,” and then there are the action hero “Go-Getter” types.. (more…)

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If you are interested in learning more about your pets, check out this site on soundcloud,

Animals’ Voice Pawdcast – Season 2, Episode 4

Since our furry friends are unable to tell us how they’re feeling you’ll need to be able to identify telltale signs of pain, and this podcast will help. In it, the Ontario SPCA interviews Dr. Sheilah Robertson of the American Veterinary Medical Association about assessing pain in animals. With 32 years of experience as a veterinarian, Dr. Robertson has focused on assessing and relieving pain in animals, with a speciailziation in pain management and anesthesia so she is an extremely qualified speaker on this subject.

I encourage you to listen to this episode of the Pawdcast on Sound Could or iTunes.

More Animals’ Voice Pawdcast episodes are planned, so stay tuned!

Host, Kevin MacKenzie, speaks with Dr. Sheilah Robertson of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Robertson discusses the current research involving assessing pain in animals.

Every 2 weeks there will be a new informative Pawdcast!

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No hot pets

The summer can be a wonderful time for you and your pet. It’s also a time where you need to be careful of the dangers surrounding your animal.  You can help spread the word by sharing how deadly it is to leave your pet in your vehicle. No Hot Pets is a campaign encouraging pet owners to take their pet with them when they park their car. Share this message and take the pledge today! Let’s have no hot pets this summer!
Check out the website at or the Ontario SPCA

See a dog in a car? What you should do!

If you observe an animal suffering in the heat, contact your local SPCA, humane society or police services.

Become a Sponsor

Join our team in the award-winning No Hot Pets campaign by becoming a sponsor! (more…)

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Last Updated: Dec 3, 2012 3:22 PM PT

Charges of animal cruelty have been laid against the owner of a German shepherd found beaten and dying in a dumpster earlier this year.

Brian Whitlock, 26, is expected to make his first court appearance on Dec. 7.

“The B.C. SPCA is extremely pleased that Crown counsel accepted our recommendation for charges in this case,” said spokesperson Lorie Chortyk.

“It is absolutely heartbreaking to think of the suffering that this dog experienced — it’s beyond comprehension.”

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