Wikwemikong partners with SPCA to help community animals

Wikwemikong Chief Duke Peltier stands with John Greer, executive director for the Welland and District SPCA, and community volunteers, in front of the Welland and District SPCA mobile unit which was in the community last week providing spay/neuter and animal wellness services.

WIKWEMIKONG—The Welland and District SPCA and Ontario SPCA partnered with Wikwemikong last week, providing mobile spay/neuter and animal wellness services to the community.

As of last Friday, 95 spay/neuter surgeries had taken place and another 24 were scheduled. The Ontario SPCA and Welland and District SPCA also provided wellness exams to 186 animals, with an additional 50 appointments scheduled.

In addition to community volunteers, 30 students from the Veterinary Technician Program at College Boreal in Sudbury joined the team.

“The Welland and District SPCA is pleased to be working with the Ontario SPCA to provide these essential services to animals on Manitoulin Island,” said John Greer, executive director for Welland and District SPCA. “We are fortunate to partner with Wikwemikong. The community has been overwhelmingly supportive. It’s a win/win situation, especially for the animals.”

A dog receives an examination in the Wikwemikong arena.
A dog receives an examination in the Wikwemikong arena.

“The Ontario SPCA is honoured to be involved and to have the leadership of our Affiliate, the Welland and District SPCA,” says Judi Cannon, associate director, indigenous programs and community outreach with the Ontario SPCA. “We invite the public to support this project and others by donating to the Welland and District SPCA at wellandspca.com.”

“It was a great week,” said Rez Dog Group representative and community volunteer Bruno Henry, who helped with administrative duties and assisted with individuals who brought their dog to the mobile unit.

Wikwemikong Chief Duke Peltier extended a huge thank you to the volunteers and the SPCA in partnering with the band.

“This partnership ensures that the services are made available to all the community and their pets and helps set an example to other pet owners on how to be responsible pet owners,” said Chief Peltier.

Volunteers prepare cones for post animal care.
Volunteers prepare cones for post animal care.

The Welland and District SPCA mobile unit visited the community for the first time last summer.

Mr. Greer previously told The Expositor that the Welland and District SPCA saw a need for this type of service and facility and that it was made possible thanks to a grant from the Pet Smart Charities of Canada.