OSPCA Lennox and Addington giving second chance to U.S. born dogs

Daisy is one of two dogs that were brought to the OSPCA Lennox and Addington from the United States.

Adam Prudhomme

A pair of American pups are looking for a forever home north of the border after arriving to the Ontario SPCA Lennox and Addington late last week.

Daisy and Cora are two of nine dogs that were brought to Ontario after being picked up from U.S. shelters that were at full capacity. Along with Napanee the other dogs were brought to shelters in Cornwall and Brockville.

“They came from various shelters in the United States that are over capacity and need some help,” said Esther McCutcheon, manager of the OSPCA Lennox and Addington Animal Centre. “Both of the dogs (brought to the Napanee shelter) were found as stray shortly before they were picked up by our partner organization in the States. So far they’re doing really well. They’re both young, about medium sized.”


Both are a mixed breed-Daisy’s background a little more difficult to trace while Cora is a German Shepherd mix. Both are a little under-weight and will need some extra attention but are otherwise in great health.

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 health concerns and micro chipped before they will be ready to find homes. Daisy and Cora aren’t quite ready to leave the shelter, but are expected to be up for adoption soon. Those interested in finding out more or arranging a meeting can visit www.OntarioSPCA.ca. Daisy and Cora will soon be posted to the website, as will the other seven dogs that were brought across the border.

When partnering animal organizations in the U.S. first reached out for help in late May, the Ontario SPCA sprang into action. Since then, the Ontario SPCA has welcomed over 60 dogs from the U.S. who were facing an uncertain future due to animal shelters at capacity south of the border.

“A lot of the southern states are struggling with their dog population and we’re more than happy to help out with that,” said McCutcheon. “These dogs that came here are wonderful, absolutely no complaints.”

With 12 animal centres across the province and a successful adoption program that sees thousands of animals find homes each year, the Ontario SPCA had the resources to help. The Ontario SPCA transports 350 to 500 animals per year to areas of the province where there are loving families waiting to adopt them.

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