PRESS RELEASE: Nova Scotia SPCA Receives Grant of Nearly $40,000 from PetSmart Charities® of Canada to Support Subsidized Spay/Neuter Surgeries Across the Province

Posted on: Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Dartmouth, NS—Jan. 10, 2018– The Nova Scotia SPCA (NS SPCA) has been awarded a $38,785 grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada to help provide subsidized spay/neuter surgeries for owned pets across the province of Nova Scotia in celebration of World Spay Day. The 24th annual World Spay Day takes place on Feb. 27, 2018.

Research shows that a fixed cat or dog is less likely to want to go outside and roam, less likely to fight with other pets and less likely to display other nuisance behaviors like territorialism and inappropriate urination.  Many pet parents may want to do the right thing for their pet, but may not have the financial resources required to do so.

“At PetSmart Charities of Canada, we understand that spay or neuter procedures can be costly for some pet parents and families,” says Dani Mailing, regional relationship manager.  “That’s why we’re committed to making these vital procedures more accessible and affordable by providing spay/neuter grants to animal welfare organizations like the Nova Scotia SPCA.”

“Last year we saw the overwhelming need for help from the public and the feedback from participating families in the subsidized spay/neuter program was very inspiring. We are extremely appreciative of the support we receive from PetSmart Charities of Canada, which allows us to make a positive impact on the lives of pets while also helping to prevent further pet overpopulation in our province,” says Elizabeth Murphy, CEO of the Nova Scotia SPCA.

Subsidized spay/neuter procedures will be performed at one of the NS SPCA’s two veterinary hospitals located in Dartmouth and Sydney Cape Breton. Various pet pick-up locations will be scheduled and communicated across the province to ensure all pet parents have access to this program and transportation assistance for their pet to receive care at the Dartmouth or Sydney hospitals.Owners requiring spay/neuter assistance are invited to apply now online at:



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About the Nova Scotia SPCA
The Nova Scotia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Nova Scotia SPCA) has been protecting animals from cruelty since 1877, the Nova Scotia SPCA is a registered charity and has 11 locations which rely primarily on volunteers and donations to fund cruelty prevention; animal rescue, rehabilitation, seeking justice, and education. The Act to Protect Animals and Aid Animals in Distress requires the Society to enforce animal cruelty laws, making the Nova Scotia SPCA unique among animal welfare organizations in the province. The Nova Scotia SPCA also the distinction of being founded as the first place in North America to pass laws for the prevention of cruelty to animals.

About PetSmart Charities® of Canada
PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered Canadian charity with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. In addition to finding homes for more than 25,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores, PetSmart Charities of Canada provides funding to registered charities aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities of Canada using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 89 cents of every dollar donated and has become a leading funder of animal welfare in Canada, donating nearly $12 million to date. PetSmart Charities of Canada is a member of Imagine Canada, and a registered Canadian charity independent from PetSmart, Inc. To learn more, visit
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