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 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

Your HBSPCA Staff



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

#hbspca #WeCare4AnimalWelfare #cats


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.


Feline Friday

For today’s #FelineFriday let’s talk Easter Lilies!

As we approach the Easter weekend and the stores start to fill with beautiful potted or cut lilies you may be tempted to bring one home for the counter or dining room table.  BUT…… lovely lilies and curious cats are a dangerous combination.  Cats are curious creatures by nature and will be just as drawn to that pretty pot or vase of flowers as you were in the store. 

If you own a cat this is one plant that you don’t want in your home. The entire lily plant is toxic: the stem, leaves, flowers, pollen, and even the water in a vase. Eating just a small amount of a leaf or flower petal, licking a few pollen grains off its fur while grooming, or drinking the water from the vase can cause your cat to develop fatal kidney failure in less than 3 days.  

Early signs of lily toxicity in cats include decreased activity level, drooling, vomiting, and loss of appetite. These symptoms start 0 to 12 hours after ingestion. Signs of kidney damage start about 12 to 24 hours after ingestion and include increased urination and dehydration. Kidney failure occurs within 24 to 72 hours, leading to death if the cat isn’t treated. Early veterinary treatment greatly improves the cat’s prognosis. However, if treatment is delayed by 18 hours or more after ingestion, the cat will generally have irreversible kidney failure.  Just say no to lilies!

Spring is a lovely time of year and after a long, dark winter we are all anxious for a burst of spring flowers and there are many cat safe flowers including daisies, tulips, and zinnia to name a few.  More cat safe flowers and tips can be found here

If you suspect your cat has ingested a toxic substance contact your veterinarian or the local emergency vet clinic immediately. 


The Water Dish – March 25

Dear Friends of the Animals,

The Hamilton/Burlington SPCA (HBSPCA) is currently seeking engaged community leaders to serve on our volunteer Board of Directors

Are your values in line with the mission of the HBSPCA?

Our Mission

  • Support access to services which help sustain healthy, safe and wanted animals in our community
  • Protect animals from harm or potential harm
  • Deliver best practice animal care so they may live their natural life in good health
  • Lead the development a more humane community and more responsible pet ownership through programs, education, and collaboration

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of people and pets in your community?

Our Values

  • We are Curious: we strive to be a leader by actively seeking out evidence-based best practices.
  • We are Collaborative: we partner with individuals and organizations.
  • We act with Integrity: we act from an ethical framework.
  • We act with Respect: we treat animals and people with dignity.
  • We are Compassionate: we are caring, empathetic and understanding.
  • We practice Stewardship: we are caretakers of animal welfare, and of the reputation and resources of the HBSPCA.
  • We are Transparent: we are open and honest about what we do, how we do it, and the challenges we face.
  • We are Accountable: we are responsible for our actions.

If this is you, consider joining our team!

The HBSPCA is accepting applications for the Board of Directors from individuals who have a strong background in finance and audit, knowledge about not for profits and fund development and with previous board and governance experience

If you have the experience, skills and enthusiasm to make Hamilton and area a humane community for animals and people alike, make an application to join the HBSPCA Board of Directors. You can find the application HERE, on our website or you can send a request to and an application will be sent to you