Pickering Animal Services Introduces ‘Responsible Pet Ownership Month’
Pickering, ON, April 28, 2014 — In partnership with the Association of Animal Shelter Administrators of Ontario, Pickering Animal Services has declared the month of May, ‘Responsible Pet Ownership Month.’ Municipalities across Ontario are participating in this provincewide campaign that aims to raise awareness about the need for pet owners to exercise their responsibility by following local by-laws, keeping pets on a leash, picking up dog waste, licensing pets annually, and staying up-to-date on vaccinations.
Pickering Animal Services provides programs and services year round that support the tenets of responsible pet ownership such as: returning lost pets to their owners, adoption services, and controlling overpopulation. “Although responsible pet ownership is something that we strive for all of the time, declaring an entire month for this cause allows us to work with local business partners to get this important message out to residents,” said Lindsey Narraway, Supervisor, Animal Services.
In support of this initiative, Pickering Animal Services will partner with local businesses to host a variety of events and promotions throughout the month to engage residents. Additionally, Animal Services is launching a photo contest in which photographers of all ages will be invited to submit pet portraits from in and around the Pickering community for a chance to win great prizes. For more information on the contest and the events and promotions listed below, visit pickering.ca/rpo or contact Lindsey Narraway at905.427.0093, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Receive a free personalized pet tag with the purchase of a leash or collar from Pet Valu at 705 Kingston Road.
- Rosebank Animal Hospital, and Forestbrook Pet Hospital are offering reduced rates for spaying and neutering services all month long; and Whites Road Veterinary Hospital is offering a complimentary microchip to all pets that undergo sterilization surgery in May.
- Rabies and Microchip Clinic
Date: Saturday May 3rd, 12 pm-4 pm
Location: PJ’s Pets in the Pickering Town Centre, 1355 Kingston Road.
Details: In partnership with PJ’s Pets and Durham Region Health Department, Pickering Animal Services is offering microchip and Rabies vaccination services for $20 each. Cash only. Pets must arrive in a carrier or on a leash.
- Pet Adoption and Licensing Day
Date: Sunday May 4th, 10 am-4 pm
Location: Pickering Recreation Complex, 1867 Valley Farm Road
Details: Animals available for adoption will be present at this event for residents and potential pet owners to meet.
- Responsibilities of Being a Horse Owner Seminar — Registration Required
Date: Saturday May 10th, 1pm-4 pm
Location: Silvercreek Riding Stables, 2300 Rosebank Road North
Details: Register online at pickering.ca/rpo by May 9th.