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The Water Dish – April 8

Dear Friends of the Animals,


In the world of cats one plus one does not equal two. 
In just a short time one plus one resulted in over 20 cats and kittens in one small Hamilton home. Overwhelmed with their own health and unable to provide the cats with the care they needed, their owner reached out to the HBSPCA for help. As the leader in Animal Welfare in Hamilton, HBSPCA Animal Care staff rescued 15 adult cats and discovered five new-born kittens.

Many of the adults were sadly underweight, as a result the mother to the 5 kittens had no milk to offer them. A dedicated HBSPCA staff member took the five kittens home for round the clock feedings to give them the best chance they could. Sadly, after a week of struggling to keep 2 of the babies going through parasite treatments, antibiotics, and tube feeding, they were lost.
Thankfully the 3 remaining babies are doing well, thriving in their foster home where they will stay for another 4 weeks while they grow. 

All 15 cats rescued needed veterinary care and our onsite Companion Animal Hospital staff provided them with their vaccinations, parasite treatments, spay/neuter, and microchipping. Most of the adult cats had been suffering with dental disease and required dental surgery to ease their pain and remove their rotted teeth. Dental surgery is a time consuming and costly procedure for a shelter to undertake, the cost which is never recouped through adoption fees. This is where your donation dollars are put to good use, ensuring that these cats can go to their new homes pain free, in a good state of health. 

We have already received updates from the adopters of some of these cats. They are doing well, loving their new homes and families. The remaining cats rescued will soon be ready to do the same. Their difficult past will hopefully become a distant memory.

This story is unfortunately all too common. The suffering of these cats and kittens is preventable. How you may ask? Spay and neuter your pets. It really is that simple. The Hamilton Burlington SPCA cares about the welfare of your animal and we are proud to provide affordable spay and neuter surgeries through our Community Assistance Program. You can find more information about our Spay/Neuter services for cats HERE

Our animal welfare programs support abused, neglected and abandoned animals in our community. We strive to keep people and pets together when possible and to safely rehome animals.  We are able to do this because of your generous donations, if you are able, please consider a donation today. Thank you!

Have you met Peanut?
This handsome guy is still looking for his perfect forever home. He is a big fan of the ladies and would do best wih a female as his primary caregiver.
Peanut came to us under-socialized and will require an adopter who has the time and patience to work with him. He takes a bit of time to “warm up” but once he does he is a silly, goofy boy who aims to please.
Are you the family for Peanut? Email our Adoption Coordintor at hashcroft@hbspca.com with Peanut’s name in the subject line to get things started.

As Ontario moves into a stay at home order your Hamilton Burlington SPCA, along with other animal shelters and veterinary clinics, is essential and we are here for you! We will continue to take every precaution to keep our clients, staff, and adopters safe.

As we officially move into Spring we hope you and your family are safe, healthy and happy
Sincerely,

Your HBSPCA Staff

#WeCare4AnimalWelfare

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Feline Friday

On today’s #FelineFriday let’s talk……carriers

Do cats really hate the carrier or have we taught them to hate the carrier?  Is the carrier a warm, safe, clean inviting space or is it dirty from the basement, maybe with a few cobwebs, cold and only makes an appearance when it is time to go to the vet.  Is it possible these things are all connected????

You want your cat to feel like the carrier is part of your normal “furniture”.  It should smell the same as your living space, not the cold and dusty garage, it should have a nice soft surface to rest on and it would be great if delicious, tasty treats were served in there occasionally.  By removing the door to the carrier, placing some of your cat’s favourite toys in there and serving snacks, food or some catnip you can help your cat to learn to love the carrier and make future trips much more enjoyable for everyone involved.

This is not an overnight process but the time you spend getting your cat used to the carrier will pay off in the end.

For more great tips on cats and carriers pop on over to Jackson Galaxy https://www.jacksongalaxy.com/blog/how-to-get-your-cat-into-a-pet-carrier/

#hbspca #WeCare4AnimalWelfare #cats

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Walk in the Park Day

Today is #TakeAWalkIntheParkDay ! What better day to get outside and take your dog for a walk in the sunshine.

Walking your dog is so much more then just a bathroom break.  It’s exercise, for both you and your dog, it’s stress management, a walk can make you both happy and of course a tired dog is a GOOD dog.

A walk gives your dog a chance to check out new smells and sounds and can help prevent boredom and potential destructive behaviour, it also gives you, the human, a chance to wave hello to neighbours, say hi and exchange some conversation – from a safe distance these days 😊

Grab the leash, put on some comfy shoes, make sure you have a bag to stop and scoop and get outside.  A daily walk is something to look forward to, it provides routine in your pet’s life, they do love a good schedule, and it will provide both mental and physical stimulation for you both while strengthening the bond that already exists between you.