In the market for a feline friend or a pup pal? Ontario SPCA introducing limited-contact adoption

Have you been mulling over adopting a four-legged friend of late? This might be the prompting you finally needed.

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society has announced it is introducing limited contact adoptions at its animal centres across the province, including in Barrie. Those considering adopting an animal can view available critters on the Ontario SPCA website and fill out an online survey to best determine a compatible companion. An appointment is then made for a virtual meet and greet and to allow additional paperwork to be filled out digitally.

Then comes time to pick up your new family member. New protocols will ensure physical distancing is maintained with SPCA staff while ensuring they can be present to help see the animal off and answer any last-minute questions.

“Our goal is to operate safely while also adhering to our adoption principles to help ensure the matches we make are for life,” says Daryl Vaillancourt, Chief, Humane Programs and Community Outreach, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. “Potential adopters can expect the same thorough, thoughtful and compassionate adoption experience that the Ontario SPCA has always delivered.”

The Ontario SPCA closed its doors at the onset of the pandemic, while frontline animal care members provided animals awaiting adoption with extra attention during the crisis.