Help a shelter animal by making a tribute donation on World Pet Memorial Day


Stouffville, ON (June 11, 2024) – Today is World Pet Memorial Day, an international day to remember the animals who have touched our lives and crossed over the rainbow bridge. On this day of reflection, the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is sharing resources to help cope with loss, as well as ways to honour the memory of our furry friends.

One of the ways you can honour a beloved pet is to donate in their honour to a local shelter. As a registered charity that does not receive annual government funding, the Ontario SPCA depends on the generosity of donors to change the lives of animals in need. When you donate to the Ontario SPCA on World Pet Memorial Day, you’re giving another animal a second chance at a long and happy life.

Tribute gifts in memory of an animal can be made at any time of year through the Ontario SPCA website and are a thoughtful gesture to show someone you’re thinking of them following the loss of their animal. You even have the option of sending a card to offer your condolences and let the recipient know you’ve made a donation in honour of their special friend.

“Many pet parents tell us that it’s comforting to know that animals in need will be helped thanks to the thoughtful tribute gifts friends and family have made in memory of their animal,” says Stephanie Miller, Vice President of Development, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. “It’s a small gesture with a big impact in the lives of vulnerable animals.”

If you would prefer to host a celebration or event in your pet’s memory, consider fundraising in their memory. The Ontario SPCA’s new Humane Hero fundraising site empowers you to create your own fundraiser, and all funds raised help animals in need. Whether you want to host a community fly-ball event or a pool party for the neighbourood dogs, you’re limited only by your imagination.

In times of grief and loss, finding a community that understands and supports your journey can make all the difference. Visit to learn more about the Ontario Pet Loss Support Group. You will also find resources geared towards children who are grieving the loss of a furry friend.

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The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society 

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is a registered charity that has been changing the lives of animals for over 150 years. The Society provides care, comfort and compassion to animals in need in communities across Ontario. It values all animals and advocates to treat them with respect and kindness. The Society strives to keep pets and families together and do so through a variety of community support services, such as sheltering and adoptions, including emergency sheltering, feral cat management programs, animal transfers, food distribution, humane education, animal advocacy, and spay/neuter services.

The Ontario SPCA does not receive annual government funding and relies on donations to provide programs and services to help animals in need. To learn more, or to donate, visit Charitable Business # 88969-1044-RR0002.

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society Provincial Office sits on the traditional 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 subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. The treaties that were signed for this particular parcel of land are collectively referred to as the Williams Treaties of 1923.

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