Wikwemikong, ON (September 23, 2016) – The Welland & District SPCA and the Ontario SPCA have partnered with the Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve – the Wiky Rez – on the eastern end of Manitoulin Island to provide mobile spay/neuter and animal wellness services. The week-long event is wrapping up over the next few days. To date, 95 spay/neuter surgeries have been completed and another 24 spay/neuter surgeries scheduled today. The Ontario SPCA and Welland & District SPCA have also provided wellness exams to 186 animals. An additional 50 animals are scheduled to be seen today. This year, 30 students from the Veterinary Technician Program at Collège Boréal in Sudbury joined the teams. The Ontario SPCA and Welland & District SPCA commend the students and Collège Boréal for their commitment to animal welfare. “The Welland & District SPCA is pleased to be working with the Ontario SPCA to provide these essentials services to animals on Manitoulin Island. And we are fortunate to partner with Wikwemikong – the community has been overwhelmingly supportive. It’s a win/win situation, especially for animals,” says John Greer, Executive Director, Welland & District SPCA. “The Ontario SPCA is honoured to be involved and to have the leadership of our Affiliate, the Welland & District SPCA,” says Judi Cannon, Associate Director, Indigenous Programs & Community Outreach, Ontario SPCA. “We invite the public to support this project and others by donating to the Welland & District SPCA at wellandspca.com.” ## Media Contacts Melissa Kosowan Ontario SPCA 289-383-5968 mkosowan@ospca.on.ca John Greer Welland & District SPCA 905-650-4619 johng@wellandspca.com NT5

Wikwemikong, ON (September 23, 2016) – The Welland & District SPCA and the Ontario SPCA have partnered with the Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve – the Wiky Rez – on the eastern end of Manitoulin Island to provide mobile spay/neuter and animal wellness services.

The week-long event is wrapping up over the next few days. To date, 95 spay/neuter surgeries have been completed and another 24 spay/neuter surgeries scheduled today. The Ontario SPCA and Welland & District SPCA have also provided wellness exams to 186 animals. An additional 50 animals are scheduled to be seen today.

This year, 30 students from the Veterinary Technician Program at Collège Boréal in Sudbury joined the teams. The Ontario SPCA and Welland & District SPCA commend the students and Collège Boréal for their commitment to animal welfare.

“The Welland & District SPCA is pleased to be working with the Ontario SPCA to provide these essentials services to animals on Manitoulin Island.  And we are fortunate to partner with Wikwemikong – the community has been overwhelmingly supportive. It’s a win/win situation, especially for animals,” says John Greer, Executive Director, Welland & District SPCA.

“The Ontario SPCA is honoured to be involved and to have the leadership of our Affiliate, the Welland & District SPCA,” says Judi Cannon, Associate Director, Indigenous Programs & Community Outreach, Ontario SPCA. “We invite the public to support this project and others by donating to the Welland & District SPCA at wellandspca.com.”

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Media Contacts

Melissa Kosowan
Ontario SPCA
289-383-5968
mkosowan@ospca.on.ca

John Greer
Welland & District SPCA
905-650-4619
johng@wellandspca.com

NT5

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