The Timmins branch of the Ontario SPCA is asking dog owners to make sure their pets have been fixed. They have been getting a larger than normal influx of male, un-neutered dogs recently, which an OSPCA Agent says is a problem.
Chelsey Romain, who is also working for the Timmins Humane Society, says in-tact male dogs are more prone to running away. In one weekend, the humane society got calls about six different dogs who had been hit by cars. Romain says males in general are the ones who run away more, which is a side effect of not neutering your dogs. She says making sure they are fixed means keeping them safer, controlling the pet population, and reducing their risk for cancer.
Romain says the message they are sending out to dog owners is that it’s never okay to not have your animals properly spayed or neutered.
The humane society is also starting a Guardian Angel program to help raise funds for certain animals. Right now, a dog named Ruckus is in the program after breaking his leg. Surgery for his leg was done in Guelph, where he had to have a metal plate put in which cost around $3,000. To donate to Ruckus’ cause, get in touch with the Humane Society at (705) 264-1816.
For a list of all the cats and dogs the Timmins Humane Society has up for adoption, click here.