Orangeville and District Animal Centre helping crowded shelters south of border

June 17, 2021   ·   0 Comments

A group of 20 U.S. dogs have arrived at Ontario SPCA and Humane Society animal centres following the success of a similar cross-border re-homing mission three weeks ago that found homes for 16 dogs that had no place left to go.

The 20 dogs arrived last Thursday (June 10) afternoon at Orangeville & District Animal Centre, the Ontario SPCA’s Provincial Education & Animal Centre in Stouffville, Leeds & Grenville Animal Centre in Brockville and Orillia Animal Centre.

In addition to the health certificates and proof of vaccination required to cross the border, the dogs will be spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, treated for any parasites and microchipped before they will be ready to find homes. 

There are many animal shelters in the United States that are at, or nearing capacity, which means they don’t have space to help any more animals. When partnering animal organizations in the U.S. first reached out for help in late May, the Ontario SPCA sprang into action. The 16 dogs transported on that first re-homing mission quickly found homes.

“In many parts of the United States there is a serious dog overpopulation issue that has left shelters at maximum capacity, as there are more animals than there are adopters,” says Bonnie Bishop, Associate Director and Transfer Team Lead, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society.

“Here in Ontario we have loving families waiting to adopt, which is why we have stepped in to provide hope for these dogs. We look forward to continuing to help change the lives of more dogs in need.”

If you are interested in adopting one of these dogs, or wish to donate and help cover the costs of making this re-homing mission possible, visit,

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