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Nova Scotia SPCA Establishes New International Pet Transport Program
The Nova Scotia SPCA has established a new international pet transport program. When space and resources allow, they will safely bring pets into Nova Scotia from approved shelters in the United States that struggle with homeless pet overpopulation.
Thanks to a $100,000 grant from Pet Valu through its Giving Back Project, the Nova Scotia SPCA has invested in an advanced animal transport vehicle custom designed for pet safety and comfort. The first international dog transport is happening on August 26th to celebrate International Dog Day.
Through its transport program, the Nova Scotia SPCA will raise and set high ethical standards and strict protocols that include, but are not limited to, the following: mandatory vaccinations, heartworm testing, veterinarian check prior to transport, behavioural requirements and evaluation, mandatory rest periods, strong and secure kennels, and veterinary care provided before and after the transport. The Nova Scotia SPCA will independently provide medical evaluations upon arrival, education and full disclosure to adopters, and ongoing support post-adoption.
“We are thankful for Pet Valu’s support so we can connect more families with pets that might not otherwise have the opportunity to find a home,” said Elizabeth Murphy, CEO of the Nova Scotia SPCA. “We are taking proper precautions for the health and safety of people and pets – both those being transported and those here in our province. Our safe transport methods will improve animal welfare, minimize risk, and maximize lifesaving capacity.”
“Pet Valu is committed to helping local animal rescues, shelters and charities in Canada and we are delighted to be able to support the Nova Scotia SPCA’s international pet transport program,” said Idan Driman, VP of Marketing, Pet Valu. “Pet overpopulation is a significant issue and thanks to the SPCA’s valuable work, more homeless pets will have the opportunity to find the right forever home.”
During certain times of the year, the Nova Scotia SPCA has noticed a sharp decline in the number of homeless pets in the province and often has a greater ability to help. They have offered assistance to many animal welfare organizations throughout Canada transporting and helping nearly 500 pets in the past two years. Although the Nova Scotia SPCA is launching an international pet transport program, the needs of local animals will always come first.
The Nova Scotia SPCA will follow all public health recommendations for essential travel including face masks, social distancing, sanitizing, and COVID-19 tests before and after the transport. SPCA staff members traveling will be fully vaccinated and only exit the vehicle when necessary. To set the pets and future families up for success, adoption appointments will be booked once they have decompressed. Interested families can visit www.novascotiaspca.ca/adoptions to view all animals available for adoption.