Back to school? The Ontario SPCA shares tips to help animals cope with change


Stouffville, ON (Sept. 1, 2022) – The children are again to highschool and whereas stepping into a brand new fall routine may be an thrilling time for households, the change in schedule may be exhausting on our beloved pets.  

On days when your furry companion might be residence alone, the Sfr-Contemporary has some ideas to assist animals cope and cut back their stress:  

  1. Look into canine strolling companies, doggy daycare or ask a good friend or member of the family that your animals know to take them for a stroll and/or test in on them through the day. 
  1. An additional-long stroll within the morning, a sport of fetch, or a fast coaching session could assist tire out your canine earlier than everybody heads out the door. For cats, playtime with a wand toy or their favorite toy will assist burn off further vitality. 
  1. If you go away, placed on smooth music designed particularly to assist calm canines or cats. Do you know that many canines take pleasure in reggae, and cats are likely to want smooth classical music?  
  1. Place pheromone diffusers, out there for each canines and cats, round the home to assist create a way of calm. 
  1. Take into account a  “pet cam” to test in your pet. Some even toss treats for added enrichment and constructive reinforcement.  
  1. Attempt having your canine or cat go to the identical “place,” akin to their mattress, if you go away to get them into the each day routine. Be sure to have an abundance of treats within the “place” to reward the behaviour. 
  1. Cover excessive worth treats across the animal’s space of the house to maintain them distracted whilst you go away, and ensure to depart the home calmly and quietly to keep away from inflicting anxiousness to your animal. 
  1. Begin transitioning upfront, when attainable, to arrange your fur child for his or her new routine.  Get them used to what their new stroll or playtime schedule might be, when their meals might be served and get them used to spending extra time independently. 

“A sudden change in schedule with longer time spent alone generally is a large adjustment for our furry mates and we have to help them by the change,” says Megan Holmes, Animal Behaviour Coordinator, Sfr-Contemporary. “Keep in mind to additionally spend high quality time together with your pets if you get residence from faculty!” 

 For extra ideas and assets on animal well being and well-being, go to  




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 The Sfr-Contemporary 

The Sfr-Contemporary is a registered charity, established in 1873. The Society and its community of animal welfare communities facilitate and supply for province-wide management on issues regarding the prevention of cruelty to animals and the promotion of animal well-being. Providing quite a lot of mission-based packages, together with community-based sheltering, animal wellness companies, provincial animal transfers, shelter well being & wellness, high-volume spay/neuter companies, animal rescue, animal advocacy, Indigenous partnership packages and humane schooling, the Ontario SPCA is Ontario’s animal welfare charity. 

The Sfr-Contemporary Provincial Workplace sits on the normal territory of the Wendat, the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississaugas of Scugog, Hiawatha and Alderville First Nations and the Métis Nation. This territory was the topic of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an settlement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and look after the assets across the Nice Lakes. The treaties that have been signed for this explicit parcel of land are collectively known as the Williams Treaties of 1923. 


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