Where can I find information on animal welfare?
In Ontario, all animals are protected from abuse and neglect by the Ontario Animal Welfare Act. The Dog Owners' Liability Act is Ontario legislation that includes information on the power of animal control officers, the current Ontario pit bull ban and a helpful FAQ section.
Animals that are lost, injured, homeless or mistreated are usually taken in by the Peterborough Humane Society. Established in 1941, The Peterborough Humane Society is a not for profit charitable organization that offers a wide range of very important services to the community. The Humane Society’s main roles are to care for abandoned animals and find them new homes, facilitate and provide for the prevention of cruelty to animals and promote responsible pet ownership to the community. The Humane Society also operates an animal shelter and consistently stays involved in finding homes for dogs, cats and other animals.
Another local organization where one can adopt a pet is The Lakefield Animal Welfare Society (LAWS). LAWS is located on the highway between Peterborough and the nearby town of Lakefield. This non-profit charitable organization was established in 1992 and runs a non-kill shelter for homeless animals.
The Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre is a local non-profit charitable organization that rehabilitates injured turtles and re-integrates them into their natural habitat once healed. The Centre also provides community education on the importance of turtles to our ecosystem and steps to take if you find an injured turtle.
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) is a province wide animal welfare organization whose programs and services are provided in Peterborough through the Peterborough Humane Society.
For advice and steps on how to help orphaned, sick or injured wildlife, please refer to this Ministry of Natural Resources Canada guide.