Ontario SPCA

Ontario SPCA

September 28, 2010 10:08 ET

Horrific Fire Leaves Over 200 Animals Needing Immediate Care

The Ontario SPCA is reaching out to the public for assistance

NEWMARKET, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 28, 2010) - The Ontario SPCA, along with Toronto Animal Services and the Etobicoke Humane Society are working together to save over 200 animals that survived a horrific fire on Wellesley Street East in Toronto, this past weekend.

Toronto Animal Services was quick to the scene to help pet owners care for their animals while they are without a home.

Searching the building for owner's pets, Toronto Animal Services came across several animals that appeared to be neglected and requiring urgent care, and immediately called the Ontario SPCA. Working through the night, Etobicoke Humane Society Ontario SPCA Agent, Jerry Higgins, and Toronto Humane Society staff removed 200 Canary-type birds and one cat requiring immediate veterinary care. These animals are currently in the custody of the Ontario SPCA and an investigation has begun.

Toronto Animal Services is continuing to care for many other animals that were affected by the fire. Both dog food and cat care supplies have been sent to the Toronto Animal Services from the Ontario SPCA this evening; however, more supplies are needed. We are reaching out to citizens to assist in the care of these homeless pets.

We are asking for the following items: food for both cats and dogs, cat litter, disposable aluminum pans (large and small) to be used as litter boxes and food/water dishes.

Donations can be dropped off at the Wellesley Community Centre at 495 Sherbourne Street in Toronto, or at the Toronto Animal Services, South Region Shelter at 140 Princes' Blvd., (Horse Palace, Exhibition Place).

In addition, the Ontario SPCA is asking for donations of bird food to help care for the 200 birds in our facilities. If you wish to donate to help the birds please contact the Ontario SPCA 1-888-668-7722.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA): Protecting animals since 1873, the Ontario SPCA is a registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities relying primarily on donations to fund animal protection, care and rehabilitation; advocacy; and humane education. The Ontario SPCA Act mandates the Society to enforce animal cruelty laws and provides Society investigators with police powers to do so – making the Ontario SPCA unique among animal welfare organizations in the province. The Ontario SPCA is affiliated with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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Contact Information

  • Ontario SPCA
    Alison Cross
    Manager, Marketing and Communications
    (905) 853-2108 Mobile
    across@ospca.on.ca