OSHAWA – The City of Oshawa encourages pet owners and their families to take part in May is Responsible Pet Ownership Month in Oshawa.

During the month of May, activities include a drawing contest for children ages 8 to 12, a pet adoption day and a low-cost microchip and rabies vaccination clinic.

Vet for a Day Drawing Contest

Children ages 8 to 12 can participate in a drawing contest for the chance to become Vet for the Day, which is the opportunity to shadow for two hours a veterinarian at Baker’s Animal Clinic (1627 Dundas St. E., Whitby).

Visit www.oshawa.ca/petowners to download the drawing page or pick up a hard copy at Baker’s Animal Clinic, Service Oshawa, Oshawa Animal Services or other participating locations (for a complete list of participating locations, visit www.oshawa.ca/petowners).

Once the child has drawn or illustrated a picture showing a responsible pet owner doing something good for their pet, the drawing must be submitted by an Oshawa resident 18 years of age or older either by drop off at one of the participating locations or via email to animal@oshawa.ca before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Visit www.oshawa.ca/petowners for full contest terms and conditions.

Microchip and Rabies Vaccination Clinic

Pet Valu Oshawa has partnered with the City of Oshawa to host a low-cost microchip and rabies vaccination clinic. Sponsored by Dr. I. Arteaga, D.V.M. (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), the clinic will take place on Saturday, May 6 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Pet Valu Oshawa (633 King St. E). Microchips and/or rabies vaccinations are $25 each (including H.S.T.) and can be purchased individually. This clinic will be administered first-come first-served and on a cash only basis. Dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier. Cats must be in a carrier.

Pet Adoption Day

Pets will be taking over Pickering Town Centre on Saturday, May 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for the Whiskers & Wags Pet Adoption Day.

Talk with Animal Services staff from Whitby, Oshawa and Pickering; meet pets available for adoption; enjoy live educational performances by Sopher Creek Wildlife Rescue; and take part in the Arts Unleashed Canadian Pet Design Challenge. The event takes place in the Lower Level Centre Court. Pet licences will be available at the event for purchase.

Learn More

The City of Oshawa’s Responsible Pet Owners By-law was recently updated and now includes additional standards to help protect pets and ensure their well-being.

These new standards of care include, but are not limited to:

• General Animal Welfare Standards

• Inclement Weather

• Dog Walkers

• Tethering

• Pets in Vehicles

• Standards for Doghouses

• Standards for Dog Pens and Enclosures

For more information on Responsible Pet Ownership Month in Oshawa and on the City’s Responsible Pet Owners By-law, visit www.oshawa.ca/petowners.

For more information on Oshawa Animal Services and pet adoption, visit www.oshawa.ca/petadoption.

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