Important notice from the Montreal SPCA
Updated on March 24, 2020
In order to serve both short and long term public health interests, the Montreal SPCA supports the measures proposed by the US National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) to limit and prioritize the services shelters offer during the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures are all supported by the Association vétérinaire québécoise de médecine de refuge (AVQMR) and the Ontario Shelter Medicine Association (OSMA).
They are in the best interest of public health, by limiting the use of personal protection equipment and medical supplies that are needed by human health care workers and front-line workers during this pandemic. Furthermore, these measures will also allow shelters to continue to provide care to animals in need, in the event that available staff and resources are reduced.
The recommendations include:
- Temporarily discontinuing all elective or non-essential surgeries, including pre-adoption spay and neutering, and trap-neuter-return (TNR) efforts
- Limiting intake only to animals that are sick, injured, in imminent danger or have bitten humans
The Government of Québec has confirmed that animal shelters are among the essential services. We can therefore continue to offer certain services while others have been temporarily modified or suspended for the well-being of all.
Please consult the following information before coming to the Montreal SPCA, as many of our services are being temporarily modified or suspended. Thank you for your valuable cooperation and understanding.