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Hugs and tummy rubs continue unabated during shelter closure

"Donations of food, toys and anything else will be greatly appreciated as soon as the centre opens again," shelter employee says.
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Midland OSPCA community development coordinator Robin Elliott gives Princess some loving. Andrew Philips/MidlandToday

Although the Midland and District OSPCA branch is now closed to the public, it’s not affecting those who rely on it most.

Robin Elliott, community development coordinator at the Midland Animal Centre, said the animals living at the centre are doing well and getting plenty of attention.

“We still have staff working hard on-site all day, so they’re getting extra enrichment and love from them,” Elliott said, noting that even though facilities are temporarily closed, shelter staff continue to provide the same high level of care to keep the dogs, cats and other critters happy, healthy and socialized.

With it’s first priority being to ensure the health, safety and well-being of visitors, staff, volunteers and animals, the organization made the move that applies to other shelters across the province in support of efforts to control COVID-19.

But even though its facilities are temporarily closed, shelter staff are still available to help area residents and their pets by continuing to provide care to animals in its facilities while also responding to essential or urgent needs of animals from both the public and municipal partners.

Anyone requiring urgent or essential services can arrange an appointment by calling 310-SPCA during regular business hours.

As well, Elliott encouraged area residents to follow the shelter’s online presence.

“Our social media feeds are keeping active with updates on the animals and the enrichment that is taking place with some fun videos, and tips about animal welfare and things keep them active while you’re at home,” she said.

“We’re not accepting donations at the centre, but people can always donate online at to help. Donations of food, toys and anything else will be greatly appreciated as soon as the centre opens again and we’ll be updating everyone as soon as that happens.”

And with the Beer Store not accepting empty bottles at this time, Elliott said they would love it if people could hang onto their empties until they reopen and drop them off for the centre’s bottle drive.

She joked: “I’m sure we’re all having an additional cocktail or two right now.”

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