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Adoption :: Blog

Happy Adoption News! Joey


Adopting an animal from the SPCA is always a meaningful and emotional day for new owners. It is even more emotional for those who have known the animal for most of their childhood. This was the case for one of our past campers and Junior Counsellors, Marissa.

Marissa was a camper and former Junior Counsellor (formally known as an LIT) when she first met her fluffy friend, Joey. Joey is a friendly and very fluffy bunny that was her camp pet during her time at summer camp. She had a special opportunity to help with birthday parties at the HBSPSCA, during which Joey was the start attraction.

Marissa developed a connection with Joey. She loved to see him every morning and looked forward to spending time with him during summer camp. After her time at summer camp was over, it was sad to say goodbye to her fluffy friend.


Little did she know, she was going to adopt him years later. Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, Marissa was informed through the HBSPCA’s Facebook page that Joey was retiring from the Pet Visiting Program and was up for adoption! The very next day she came to the shelter and adopted him fast than she could spell bunny.

She was finally reunited with her camp companion and her heart was filled with joy. Marissa spoke very highly about the summer camp here at the HBSPCA. When asked whether or not she suggests younger children to attend the camp, she answered with a resounding and firm “Yes!”

Now, every time she looks at Joey, she’s reminded of her days as a camper and Junior Counsellor. We’re so happy that Joey is enjoying his retirement in such a happy and loving home. Congratulations Marissa on being a true animal advocate!

Blog :: Camps

Summer Camp – Week 6

What an amazing summer it’s been! Week 6 has been jam-packed with educational and exciting activities! Campers were visited by some new and old friends who taught them about caring for different types of animals. They also learned about dog training and different breeds of cats!

An old furry friend, Hominie the guide dog, came for a visit to see all of the new campers this week. She was thrilled to teach them about guide dogs and how to approach them. Campers also learned about how important it is to have a guide dog for people who need them.

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Two friends that have visited the campers before popped by to say hello! Morgan the dog and Chloe the cat. Their owners educated the campers on properly grooming cats and dogs. They also introduced Chloe by informing campers about different breeds of cats!

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Campers also got a chance to do some crafts throughout the week – bookmarks, wooden clip animals, enrichment toys for our shelter animals and cardboard elephants!

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Later on in the week, campers were visited by Positive Pups and learned more about the sport, Flyball! Droid and Hooch were two very excited dogs that came to demonstrate the sport with the help of the campers.

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On Thursday campers were visited by our lovely office buddy, Pedro! Campers were educated on how to properly care for smaller dogs and the duties of a therapy dog.

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Earlier in the week campers had the opportunity to make their weekly banner and put their creative skills to work!

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We’re very sad to see these great campers go, but we’re very excited for our last week at camp starting next Monday August 17th!

We hope to see these lovely campers next year!



Why I Walk: Josh & Pedro

In the cold month of January in 2014, Pedro was adopted by me, Josh, and my wife. Pedro was surrendered to the HBSPCA with his two sisters because his previous owner, a breeder, didn’t feel comfortable selling them. Instead, he strongly believed that the HBSPCA would be able to provide the best care for them and find them their furever homes.

On September 13th, animals like Pedro, and their owners will be participating in the Wiggle Waggle Walk at Wild Waterworks and Confederation Park. This fundraiser helps the animals at the HBSPCA live comfortably and happily here at the shelter. It also assists with hospital expenses for the animals who need medical assistance and care.



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