Animal centers and humane societies play a crucial role within the community. They provide safe havens for animals in need and ensure they find the home and care they deserve. This month, Uride’s Good Deeds Program is dedicated to the organizations that go above and beyond to care for animals that are waiting to be adopted.
On January 25th, Uride will donate 10% of all ride fares to support local animal centers across our 20 cities. These organizations are often non-profits that rely on the generosity of those within the community to feed and support the animals in their care. Every ride you take drives us closer towards making a positive impact on the lives of animals in your community, and the families that will one day take them home. And, to encourage more members of our communities to consider adoption, Uride will also cover the adoption fee for each of the pets featured in this article!
Meet Our Featured Pets
Each pet that is put up for adoption has a unique story. We're excited to introduce you to the special, featured animals that are up for adoption at our partnered organizations. From cats and rabbits to dogs and rats, these adorable animals are waiting for their forever homes.
Belleville - Meet Ford
The Hastings Prince Edward Humane Society serves the Bay of Quinte region and works to improve the lives of animals by promoting the prevention of animal cruelty, neglect, abuse, exploitation, and homelessness.
Chatham-Kent - Meet Theo
Chatham Kent Animal Rescue is a registered non-profit rescue, 100% volunteer-based organization with dedicated animal lovers who give their time, love, and commitment while opening their homes to care for rescued dogs and cats.
North Bay - Meet Sassy
Every year, the North Bay and District Humane Society admits more than 1,000 abandoned and unwanted animals, working tirelessly to improve their lives with the goal of helping them find a stable, committed and loving home.
Peterborough - Meet Ajax
All animals in the care of the Peterborough Humane Society receive veterinary care, vaccinations, are microchipped, and are spayed/neutered prior to being adopted.
Prince Edward County - Meet Sign
The Hastings Prince Edward Humane Society returns lost animals to families, coordinates adoptions, provides medical care and other necessities, provides spay/neuter services to control pet over-population and educates the public about animal welfare.
Sault Ste. Marie - Meet Autumn
The Sault Ste. Marie Humane Society improves the lives of animals who call the shelter their temporary home through the generosity of donors and successful fundraisers who keep their C.A.R.E. Fund viable.
Sudbury - Meet Jenny
The Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter provides a temporary home for dogs and cats found injured, abandoned or roaming in the community. Their goal is to reunite animals with their owners and facilitate adoptions of unclaimed animals directly from the shelter or through other networks.
Thunder Bay - Meet Sky
The Thunder Bay Humane Society provides humane education and awareness in the community so that animals enjoy, as a minimum, freedom from: hunger and thirst; pain, injury, and disease; distress; discomfort; the inability to express behaviors that promote well-being.
Timmins - Meet Robin
The Timmins Humane Society is primarily an adoption center and safe haven for lost and/or abandoned animals, ensuring their overall care and health with an experienced team of veterinarians, attendants, technicians, volunteers, and more.
Kamloops - Meet River
The Kamloops BC-SPCA is one of 41 SPCA locations across B.C. The SPCA is the largest animal welfare organization of its kind in North America and the largest animal sheltering society in the world.
Kelowna - Meet Snuggles
Every year, Paws It Forward rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes hundreds of dogs from around the world who have been neglected, abandoned or abused.
Nanaimo - Meet Timbit
The Nanaimo BC-SPCA is an animal welfare facility dedicated to providing care, shelter, and adoption services for animals in need.
Penticton - Meet CJ
Every year, the South Okanagan/Similkameen BC-SPCA rescues, heals, and finds forever homes for dozens of neglected and abused animals.
Prince George - Meet Bambi
Prince George Animal Rescue exists to rehabilitate and relocate abused and unwanted animals into approved homes by providing care to each animal in their home-based facility.
Vernon - Meet Gracie
The Okanagan Humane Society, a passionate and dedicated team of volunteers working together to end the suffering of animals in their community, cared for over 1,500 animals in 2022 alone!
Grande Prairie - Meet Tahini
Bandaged Paws is a primarily volunteer run, registered charitable organization and non-profit with a focus on helping injured, homeless, abandoned, or otherwise in need animals find permanent and loving homes.
Medicine Hat - Meet Cuddles
The Medicine Hat - SPCA is guided by a humane ethic to build a community that universally values animals, understands their needs and takes action to meet them.
Fredericton - Meet Vinny
At the Fredericton SPCA, the team works to positively impact animal welfare by advocating for and promoting humane, responsible, animal guardianship, along with providing temporary shelter, care and adoption opportunities for animals in need.
Moncton - Meet Katie
Moncton PAW-SBA works tirelessly on behalf of the animals in their region with the aim of preventing animal cruelty, from blatant physical abuse to neglect. The PAW is the largest animal shelter in New Brunswick, taking in several thousand animals a year.
Saint John - Meet Georgia
The Saint John SPCA ensures shelter for orphaned animals and provides programs for their adoption while reducing the unwanted pet population by advocating for the neutering of companion animals.
Paving The Path To A Forever Home
Adoption gives animals the opportunity to find families that are committed to loving and caring for them for the rest of their lives. By choosing adoption, you help to reduce the population of neglected animals while supporting the work of organizations that rescue and rehome animals in need.
A Typical Adoption Process
In almost all cases, you will need to submit an application for adoption of a specific pet, after which the organization will interview you. Once the interview is over, a home check will be performed and a meeting with the animal will be organized. If everything goes well and you are found to be the right match for the animal, the organization will approve your application!
After this, you sign the adoption contract, the fee is paid, and you can take your new family member home!
More information on individual adoption requirements can be found on each organization’s website.
Become A Foster Pet-Parent!
Sometimes, organizations need temporary placement for pets due to situations such as overcrowding or a pet’s medical needs. Fostering an animal is a rewarding and compassionate way to make a positive impact on the lives of shelter animals, and many shelters and rescues offer a voluntary fostering program.
By opening your home to a temporary furry companion, you provide them with a safe and nurturing environment, helping them thrive outside the shelter setting. Most fostering initiatives are designed to accommodate various lifestyles and preferences, allowing individuals or families to contribute to animal welfare.
Whether you're a seasoned pet owner or a first-time foster, the program provides guidance and support, ensuring a positive experience for both the fosterer and the animal. This includes providing everything necessary to care for the pet by supplying food, toys, beds and blankets, litter and litter boxes, and other necessities.
Other Ways To Help
If you would like to help local animals but can’t commit to adoption or fostering, consider making a donation or volunteering your time!
Most animal centers are non-profit organizations, which means that every animal’s food, medical care, and general expenses are dependent on fundraising and donations from the community. Donations, of any size, are an amazing way to show your support for the work that the dedicated staff at these organizations do.
If you are unable to donate money, you can donate time instead! Community organizations like animal rescues and humane societies often have fundraising events, community outreach, and other programs that may require volunteer staff. And, in some cities, animal centers also need volunteers that are willing to just socialize and play with the animals or assist with feeding and care!
Pets Are Loving, Life-Long Commitments
Remember: pets are not toys! They are lifelong commitments that require dedicated time, financial resources, love, and compassion. Beyond the initial excitement, providing a pet with a fulfilling life entails ongoing responsibilities, including veterinary care, proper nutrition, daily exercise, and affectionate companionship.
By taking a Uride on January 25th you will positively impact an animal in your city. Thank you to everyone for riding with us and stay tuned for future Good Deeds initiatives.