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May 2019


Dear animal lover,



Here's our May newsletter, highlighting the latest news on animal rescues and animal welfare across Quebec and Ontario (click the bolded words to read the full stories). If you have any news or upcoming events you'd like us to share next month, send us an email at


Thank you,
Melanie Dziengo 

Important reminder: Easter is fast approaching. While we all love bunnies and rabbits, please consider not gifting a living creature for the holiday. They are a long-term commitment, and require a significant amount of care.

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Click here to read our tips and advice for keeping your pets safe from toxic plants. 


















A bill ban on keeping whales and dolphins in captivity, passed by the fisheries committee, is set to become law in Canada.

SPCA de Montréal issued a petition asking for the Ordre des médecins vétérinaires du Québec to ban declawing of cats. You can sign the petition here.


















Two cats from London, Ontario are starring in the Pet Sematary remake.

Should Canada start taking animal rights more seriously? One lawyer thinks so, arguing doing so will enhance society altogether.














Police in King City, ON are investigating after residents say their pets have been sick after possibly eating poisoned food that was left in a park.

Spring cleaning shouldn’t only be left to your house. From your pet’s medication to their toys, cleaning for them is important too.

The City of Montreal, after it banned caleche horses last year, will offer to buy the animals for $1,000 and give them to the SPCA. The SPCA will then work with a refuge so the horses can live in their new homes.

The Montreal SPCA is investigating after a video of a horse collapsing at a Quebec sugar shack went viral.  

A Canadian bill that would ban testing cosmetics on animals has been passed by the Senate, and is making its way through the House of Commons. The bill means to stop testing on animals, and ban the sale of cosmetics that were developed or manufactured using animal testing.

 A tapeworm, that is passed from foxes and coyotes, and can be fatal to dogs and their owners, has been found in the area from Windsor, ON to Ottawa.






VCA, a Canadian veterinary clinic chain, will no longer declaw cats, calling the practice “wrong and inhumane.”

Montrealer music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguina, created a classical music playlist for shelter residents at the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


The anti-vaccination movement, prevalent amongst humans, is being spread to animals. Some pet owners are either delaying getting their pets vaccinated, or doing some of what is recommended by reputable organizations.

 Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, a Montreal suburb, is aligning its animal policies with Montreal. Animals will now be required to be spayed or neutered, have microchips, and not be declawed.




Ontarians can sign this petition calling on the College of Veterinarians of Ontario to ban declawing in the province.

A veterinarian, who owns Midtown Mobile Veterinary Hospice Service in Toronto, makes house calls, offering palliative care for pets.

Events of the Month

Online - May 2-5, 2019 - Tiny Paws Small Animal Rescue is holding an online auction on its Facebook page. All of the money raised will go towards veterinarian bills, food, and supplies. Also, everything up for auction is vegan-friendly, and cruelty-free.


Kitchener-Waterloo, ON - May 4-5, 2019 - The KW Pet Expo is being held at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. There will be lots of vendors and rescues in attendance. And, yes, you can bring your pets!


Stittsville, ON - May 4, 2019 - Boston Terrier Rescue Canada is the recipient of a grade six student’s class project. There will be a bake sale (and an opportunity to get a free treat for your pet!) held on that day.  

Wallaceburg, ON - May 4, 2019 - In support of CK Animal Rescue, there will be a dog wash and nail trimming event at the Petvalu in Wallaceburg.

  Laval, Que. - May 5, 2019 - Animatch is hosting a yoga with your dog fundraising event. There will be two yoga sessions, and all event proceeds will go to Animatch.

Pickering, ON - May 11, 2019 - The City of Pickering is hosting Petapolooza at Grand Valley Park. Admission is $5, with free admission for seniors (55+), children under 12 years old, and pets. All proceeds will go towards helping the city establish a permanent animal shelter.

Toronto, ON - May 11, 2019 -  Canadian Chihuahua Rescue & Transport is hosting an event at Ren’s Pet Depot in North York. You can meet their volunteers and talk about chihuahuas!  

Toronto, ON - May 11, 2019 - The Park & Bark Dog Show, a free pop-up dog show is happening at Yonge and Davisville. They will have a variety of activities including giveaways, experts to talk to, and more.

Chatham, ON - May 13, 2019 - In support of CK Animal Rescue, there will be a dog wash and nail trimming event at the Petvalu in Chatham.

Pointe-Claire, Que. - May 18, 2019 - Animatch is hosting a nail clipping event at Global Pitou Minou Pointe Claire.

Toronto, ON - May 24, 2019Redemption Paws is hosting Canada’s first dog prom on Gerrard St. E. It is a dress up event (for dogs and their humans!), with food trucks and prizes too.

Ottawa, ON - May 25, 2019 - UNDER MY WING Pug Rescue is hosting a yard sale. All proceeds will go to support the rescue.

Toronto, ON - May 25-26, 2019 - Woofstock, an urban dog festival, is being held at Woodbine Park. Dog owners, who can bring their dogs, can shop for the latest merchandise like toys and treats for their canine friends.

Montreal, Que. - June 12, 2019 - The Montreal SPCA is celebrating its 150th anniversary fundraising gala. There will be vegan treats, live entertainment,  and treats for animals.

Pets of the Month

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