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Taking Care in the Times of COVID-19 Our operations continue to change temporarily

The Hamilton/Burlington SPCA understands and shares the concerns of our community regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the very real impact for our families, friends and colleagues. We closely monitor the evolving situation, anticipate requirements for the health and safety of the animals, our volunteers, our staff, the community we serve, and, we adapt.

 

We extend a big PAWS up to those who applied to adopt pet companions ready for rehoming these last few weeks. Many are in their new forever homes and some are being fostered, on their journey to health and wellness. We thank too our dog walkers who are walking and socialising the dogs in our care. And finally, we thank our volunteers helping us process donations and the purchase of lottery tickets. You can learn all about lottery and how you can support the animals at /donate/lottery-tickets/

On Tuesday March 24, the Ontario Government announced essential services. Societies and animal care entities were included as essential services. This allows the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA to respond in emergent situations.

As of Friday March 27:

  • Your local Society is open for
    • Animals at risk identified by Provincial Inspectors and for whom a safe haven is required.
    • URGENT surrenders. If you as a guardian have an urgent need to consider surrendering a pet in your care, please email info@hbspca.com
    • URGENT end of-life-care. Please email info@hbspca.com
  • Food is available to registered colony cat caregivers; email info@hbspca.com  for pick up.
  • Our website, Facebook and Instagram pages are up to date with the latest information
  • The shelter will continue to be safely staffed to care for animals on site, those in foster families and animals in distress requiring immediate attention.

Further:

  • All classes, clinics and events are postponed until further notice.
  • Spay/neuter surgeries for owned pets at our Companion Animal Hospital are discontinued until further notice.
  • Adoptions are closed until further notice.

These are unprecedented times for our families, friends, colleagues and our way of life. Your donations to sustain required supplies and attend to animals in distress, pain and discomfort are ever important.  Please consider a donation at /donate/single-gift/ or by phone at 905 574-7722 ext. 406.

Thank you for your sustained support, all for the animals. We invite you to visit our website at www.hbspca.com for updates regarding our current services and future plans.

With thanks in health and safety.

Marion Emo, CEO

Keeping Distance. Staying Connected.

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Taking Care in the Time of COVID-19 – Our operations are temporarily changing

The Hamilton/Burlington SPCA shares the concerns of our community regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the threat of community spread.  We are saddened by the very real impacts it continues to have on individuals here in Canada and around the world. We continue to closely monitor the rapidly evolving situation; as a result, we are taking the following measures to ensure the health and safety of the animals in our care, our volunteers, our staff and the community we serve.

Effective today, March 18, the HBSPCA will be closed to the public until at least April 5 except by appointment. This change will impact our service to community in the following ways:

  • Spay/neuter surgeries for owned pets at our Companion Animal Hospital are discontinued at this time. Any appointments already booked are being postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.
  • We will continue to accept animals at risk identified by Provincial Inspectors and who need to be removed from their current circumstances.
  • The shelter is open for adoptions, urgent surrenders and end-of-life care by APPOINTMENT only.
  • We are caring for pets ready for their forever home. Please view available animals at www.hbspca.com and follow the directions to submit an application by email to info@hbspca.com.  We will then contact you to schedule a meeting and hopefully send you home with a new friend to “social distance” with.
  • If you as a guardian have an urgent need to consider surrendering a pet in your care, please email info@hbspca.com
  • For end of-life-care and advice, please email info@hbspca.com

All classes, clinics and events are postponed through to the end of April.

The shelter will continue to be safely staffed to care for the animals on site and those in foster care, respond to any required follow up post surgery, and attend to animals in distress requiring immediate attention.

The health and safety of our animals in our care, our volunteers, our staff and the community we serve, is our priority. Your donations to sustain required supplies and care animals in distress, pain and discomfort is ever important.  Please consider a donation at /donate/single-gift/ or by phone at 905 574-7722 ext. 406

We encourage you to visit our website at www.hbspca.com for updates regarding our current services and future plans.

With thanks in health and safety.

Marion Emo, CEO
info@hbspca.com

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As of March 17, the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA (HBSPCA) is open to clients by appointment only

The Hamilton/Burlington SPCA adopts measures to protect the health and safety of volunteers, staff, the public and animals at risk.

Hamilton, ON (March 16th, 2020) As of March 17, the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA (HBSPCA) is open to clients by appointment only, public activities and events are suspended through to the end of April, and all safety precautions for staff and people on site are fully implemented. Safe access to limited services will be sustained until available people, resources and supplies are no longer available and/or in the event the community situation changes.

“Our people  – staff and volunteers – are our priority”, says Marion Emo, CEO. “Protected and healthy people make service to community possible. We are watching the COVID-19 situation closely. At this time, we are deeply grateful for the support of our supporters and donors, and we look forward to restoring our clinics, classes and events when safe to do so.”

The need for compassionate care for animals – for instance those animals whose pet parents may be hospitalized – is being monitored in partnership with other organizations in the event resources need to be deployed.  Adoptions and urgent surrenders are for the time being by appointment only.  Intake for scheduled surgeries will be managed to ensure distancing.  All clients with appointments will be screened to ensure they are healthy to be on site. The HBSPCA encourages people to check our website for updates at www.hbspca.com

For questions about access to programs please message info@hbspca.com

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Scarlett goes home!

Not Just Any Home

Long stays in shelters are generally not good for an animal.  No matter the  diet, space, privacy,  socialisation, the company of staff and volunteers, and outdoor exercise, shelters are not the ideal home.

Scarlett was a long stay dog.  A Mastiff-Rottweiler mix, Scarlett lived at the shelter for 8 months. Rescued from abandonment, Scarlett underwent heart worm treatment for two months. And then she was home ready.  Like all pet companions, she had personality. Having always been an outdoor dog, other animals, and cars got her going! Scarlett was energetic, passionate, and charming. And not a match for every pet family.

Long stays pose tough questions to shelter caregivers, both volunteers and staff. Are we doing enough to find a home? Should she go to another shelter? Is our affection for her a barrier to a forever home? Yet, we were her family; she knew her caregivers; she had routine; she was healthy. This was home for now.

It is said that animals choose us. And Scarlett chose her family.  They stopped in at the shelter. They set eyes on Scarlett, and that was it. They played with Scarlett, learned her history, discussed her temperament. Experienced pet parents, they said yes to Scarlett. Scarlett went home 2 days later. Its not any home; it’s the right home that matters.