Humane Society International/Canada, Toronto Animal Services debut Canadian Pets For Life program in Jane and Finch neighbourhood

Free veterinary resources for under-served GTA community made possible through the generous support of PetSmart Charities Canada

Humane Society International / Canada


TORONTO – Friends of HSI, in partnership with Toronto Animal Services and with funding provided by PetSmart Charities Canada, are proud to announce the launch of Pets for Life in Toronto’s Jane and Finch neighbourhood. This revolutionary program, available in  Canada for the first time, aims to support residents in underserved areas, providing free pet care services and vital information for pet owners.

Yesterday’s dog-friendly launch event at the Jane and Finch mall featured free microchipping, vet exams and spay-neuter booking opportunities for area residents. Pets for Life was created by the Humane Society of the United States and incorporates strategic outreach to build a consistent community presence while employing an extensive follow-up process to maintain relationships. The program is a proven success and works towards removing barriers for pet owners, such as transportation to vet clinics or the costs associated with microchipping and spay-neuter.

Émilie-Lune Sauvé, campaign manager – HSI/Canada, stated: “One family at a time, Pets for Life is changing the world for people and their companion animals in underserved communities. The unique aspect of this program is the door-to-door outreach that makes sure that no one is left behind and that families stay together for life.”

Dani LaGiglia, regional relationship manager – PetSmart Charities of Canada, added:

“As a leading funder of animal welfare, PetSmart Charities of Canada is pleased to fund the Pets for Life program in Toronto. This partnership is a significant step toward addressing the challenges people face accessing affordable care for their pets.”

For photos of yesterday’s event, please visit our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Facts:

  • Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.9 million people.
  • Many loving pet owners lack financial resources for and access to basic pet care and spay/neuter services.
  • Pets for Life offers services that helps families live happy, healthy lives together.
  • Over 175,000 animals have been served by the Pets for Life program.
  • There are over 16 million pets living in Canadian households: 8.3 million cats, and 8.2 million dogs (Source: A 2018 survey of Canadians conducted by Kynetec on behalf of the Canadian Animal Health Institute).

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Media contact: Christopher Paré, Director of Communications, HSI/Canada – office: 514-395-2914 x 206, cell: 438-402-0643, email: cpare@hsi.org

Humane Society International/Canada is a leading force for animal protection, with active programs in companion animals, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammal preservation, farm animal welfare and animals in research. HSI/Canada is proud to be a part of Humane Society International which, together with its affiliates, constitutes one of the world’s largest animal protection organizations. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide and on the web at hsicanada.ca.

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