Research study into pets and poverty
In an effort to improve our community programs and assist other organizations in improving theirs, project director Kimberley Richards decided to look into how pets effect the everyday lives of those experiencing poverty and precarity in Ontario for her masters thesis. This study is currently collecting responses until April 2nd, 2018. Stay tuned for the results in May 2018! Want to participate? Link to the survey.
Colouring Book About Pets with Special Needs
We began Second Hope Circle with the mission to help pets with special needs find homes. While we’ve adapted and changed over the years, pets with special needs are still very close to our hearts.
In an effort to increase the positive perception of special pets, encourage discussion about people and pets with special needs and provide safety tips for kids on how to approach and touch pet with special needs we are working on a colouring book.
The colouring books will be available for sale online and in person (at events we attend throughout the summer). We will operate on a one for one model, where for every book purchased another book is given to a school or children’s program.
We are currently looking for artists and educators interested in helping out with the project. Are you a publisher interested in printing for free or low cost? We could use your help too! Sign up to receive information about the project.
Lost Pet Pages
To reduce the number of pets needing homes in Ontario we started three Facebook pages to reunite pets and their guardians. Our most successful page has been the Guelph and Area Lost and Found Pets page. We have two awesome volunteers that run the page. Ann keeps up with the day to day posting and advising for people who have lost or found a pet. Kim created and maintains a separate Twitter account, Guelph Lost Pets, to increase exposure of the lost and found ads! Since the page’s inception in 2013, our local Guelph Humane Society (GHS) has been using the page more and more to help reunite pets with their guardians. Amazingly their return rates for lost pets have increased. In 2013 it was 9% for cats and 77% for dogs. In 2014 it was 13% for cats and 77% for dogs. In 2015 it was 22% for cats and 100% for dogs. The GHS has told us our page was a big contributing factor to those improvements!
We also run the Oakville and Mississauga Lost and Found Pets page and the Muskoka Lost and Found Pets page. Unfortunately we have not gained the support of local humane societies in these areas yet. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and helping us advise pet guardians, post lost/found pets and collaborate with local shelters and rescues let us know! We are looking for 2 volunteers for each page.
Ontario Pet News
There are so many animal news stories in our province that we started a page to collect and share them all! Stay in the loop and find out more about local animal organizations, animal cruelty and welfare, provincial decisions that affect you and more!
Page last updated March 2018.