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70 cats board Rescue Express for their 2nd chance

The rehoming mission is part of the Ontario SPCA’s Support the North campaign

A special delivery of 70 cats is making its way south from an animal shelter in Dryden to give the animals a chance to find new homes in communities across the province where there is a demand for adoptable pets.

The cats are on their way from the Second Chance Pet Network in Dryden, located approximately 140 kilometres east of Kenora. Nearing capacity, the shelter reached out to the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society for help rehoming the felines. In 2018, the Ontario SPCA and its animal wellness partners transferred over 130 cats from the Northern shelter for adoption.

Travelling on board the North Bay and District Humane Society’s Pet Valu Animal Rescue Express, the cats are expected to arrive in North Bay early today. From there, the cats will be transported to Ontario SPCA animal centres in Sudbury, Barrie, Midland and Stouffville, as well as the Georgian Triangle Humane Society in Collingwood.

The rehoming mission is part of the Ontario SPCA’s Support the North campaign, which is aimed at bringing awareness, attention and action to the lack of animal wellness resources in Northern Ontario communities.

The Ontario SPCA and its partners have developed a network of individuals, organizations and communities united in creating healthy communities for animals and people. This new network is called the Animal North Network.

“This initiative is an example of how we’re working together to make meaningful change in the North,” says Judi Cannon, Director, Partnerships & Community Outreach, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. “Transporting animals to find new homes is only one aspect of our work in the North. We’re also delivering spay/neuter services, wellness clinics, feeding programs and much needed resources to communities that have identified a need.”

To learn more about Support the North and the Animal North Network, visit For more information on adopting an animal from the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society, visit