Controlling the animal population

Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) and Humane Society’s Judi Cannon, left, and Judy Decicco, right, show local Pet Valu owner and operator Jeff Palmer and his dog Tessa the OSPCA and Humane Society’s new mobile animal wellness unit that includes spay and neuter services. The trailer was open to the public on Friday at the Pet Valu location on Golf Links Road.

A new mobile spay and neuter unit made its first visit to Northwestern Ontario this week.

The 38-foot-trailer was parked outside of Pet Valu on Golf Links Road on Friday for the public to view and tour.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) and Humane Society operates the mobile unit that features two surgical tables where up to 30 spay and neuter procedures can be performed daily.

The unit was made possible with a grant from Pet Valu’s Giving Back Project.

OSPCA and Humane Society director of partnerships and community outreach Judi Cannon said with the mobile unit, they’re able to reach communities in need of spay and neuter services to decrease the overpopulation challenges in dogs and cats in Ontario.

The trailer, which just completed its first year on the road, is stationed out of Stouffville, Ont., and made its first trip to the North, including a two-day stop in Naicatchewenin First Nation near Fort Frances.

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