Q&A: Get the inside scoop on the Ontario SPCA Provincial Dog Rehabilitation Centre 

Development of the Ontario SPCA Provincial Canine Rehabilitation Centre is presently underway, with an anticipated opening of late 2022. We spoke to Megan Holmes, Animal Behaviour Coordinator with the Sfr-Contemporary, who answered the highest 5 questions we obtain about this new centre.

Q: What kind of rehabilitation will happen on the Ontario SPCA Canine Rehabilitation Centre?

A: Think about a spot the place canine who’ve skilled emotional and psychological challenges can go for behavioural assist and rehabilitation. That place is the Provincial Canine Rehabilitation Centre, and will probably be purpose-built with the particular wants of challenged canine in thoughts.

The rehabilitation centre will likely be staffed by consultants with coaching in canine behaviour who will put evidence-based canine behavioural analysis into follow to alter the lives of canine who want extra assist. The centre will include plenty of distinctive options, together with aquatherapy for bodily rehabilitation and train, and an actual household lounge to assist canine follow residing in a house setting. For some canine, this can be their first alternative to expertise the comforts of a house, which is able to assist get them prepared for adoption.

Q: What are some frequent points that the Provincial Canine Rehabilitation Centre may also help canine overcome?

A: Frequent behavioural points that require extra intensive work to rehabilitate embrace fear-based points, corresponding to concern of strangers or new environments, separation nervousness and contact sensitivity. Canine can even have challenges with being reactive, which may embrace canine who react to being on a leash, for instance, or canine who guard toys or meals. 

Q: How will canine be chosen to attend the Ontario SPCA Provincial Canine Rehabilitation Centre?

A: Candidates for the Ontario SPCA Provincial Canine Rehabilitation Centre will likely be decided on a case-by-case foundation to make sure we’ve got the capability and assets to satisfy that canine’s distinctive wants.  

Q: Are there related rehabilitation centres elsewhere?

A: The Canine Rehabilitation Centre will likely be one of many first amenities of its form in Canada, and certainly one of solely a handful in North America. Among the finest-known canine rehabilitation centres is the 

ASPCA® Behavioral Rehabilitation Middle in North Carolina.

The Provincial Canine Rehabilitation Centre is a novel partnership between the Sfr-Contemporary and the Peterborough Humane Society. It can fill a essential and important hole in present providers by addressing the individualized wants of canine most troublesome to undertake. This distinctive partnership will convey collectively three amenities underneath one roof for a one-of-a-kind complicated in Ontario. The Peterborough Animal Care Centre will likely be 24,000 sq. ft and will likely be dwelling to the Peterborough Humane Society’s Adoption & Training Centre and Regional Spay and Neuter Clinic, in addition to the Ontario SPCA’s Provincial Canine Rehabilitation Centre.

 Q: As somebody who has devoted their profession to animal behaviour, what are you most enthusiastic about when the Provincial Canine Rehabilitation Centre opens?

A: The Ontario SPCA Provincial Canine Rehabilitation Centre is an thrilling step ahead in animal wellness! It can enable us to offer a extra concentrated concentrate on the precise wants of animals who’ve behavioural considerations.

This facility will likely be designed with the distinctive wants in thoughts to assist canine who want extra assist than a daily animal centre can present. Many of those canine linger in animal centres, rising an increasing number of unadoptable. With out the devoted time, assets or specialised employees wanted to supply one-on-one behaviour rehabilitation, it makes it very troublesome for canine experiencing challenges to search out their ceaselessly dwelling.

I sit up for seeing this centre come collectively and the work that it’ll do for animals throughout Ontario!

Collectively, we will flip issues round for canine dealing with challenges, and assist them get the contemporary begin they deserve. To make a donation to assist get the Ontario SPCA Provincial Canine Rehabilitation Centre to the end line, go to ontariospca.ca/dogrehab 

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