Wellness Programs

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is guided by the “One-Health, One-Welfare” model, which recognizes the unity and interconnectedness of people and pet health as they relate to each other and the environment. Through consultation with each respective community, which will take the lead on its own animal wellness initiatives, we can assist in creating customized Community Animal Management Strategies that use various complimentary animal wellness services.


  • For years, hard-working rescues, shelters, and other animal wellness groups have been transporting thousands of dogs from the North to the South so they can receive the necessary medical treatment and find their forever homes.
  • Through a nation-wide network of animal care and adoption centres, as well as foster care homes, there are abundant opportunities to welcome dogs from the North.
  • Through proven adoption programs and successful promotional campaigns, Northern dogs are suitably matched with new adopters.

Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinics

  • Led by a collective of participating licensed veterinarians and veterinary technicians, medical services such as spaying/neutering, vaccinating and wellness examinations can be brought directly to communities that may not otherwise have access to such pet care.
  • The distance to a local veterinarian can be a real barrier to receiving essential and, often, critical medical care. Adverse weather conditions, remoteness, travel requirements and a lack of nearby veterinary hospitals are among the challenges faced by communities.
  • Spaying and neutering has proven to be an effective medical service in reducing and controlling pet overpopulation while also offering multiple health benefits to the individual animal.

Pet Food Program

  • Via a collaboration of animal wellness partners, and through the generosity of individuals, groups, and corporate donors, food can be allocated to the areas in the North where the needs are greatest.
  • The average cost of a small bag of dog food in a remote fly-in community in the North is $90.
  • Strategically located storage units can hold small stockpiles of food. This makes food more readily available when needed, with less distance to travel and time required to make it into communities where support has been requested.

Resource Delivery

  • Through the Animal North Network, partners from various professional sectors work together to deliver resources to communities by road, air, train, boat or any combination therein when requests from the North are received.