PTBOCanada Featured Post: How The New Peterborough Humane Society Will Be Gamechanger For Animal Welfare

Big things are in store for the Electric City in 2019 and beyond. Our city is expanding almost everywhere you look and the soon to be completed 407 extension to Highway 115 is going to push the fast forward button on the process. With this growth comes the need for expanded services, and organizations like the Peterborough Humane Society are getting a head start on things.

Established in 1941, when our city’s population was about one-third the size it is now, the Peterborough Humane Society has provided excellent care and compassion to animals in our City as well throughout the Peterborough County that need our support.

Even though the scope of work has expanded exponentially, their mission has remained unchanged. They advocate for the welfare of animals by improving their lives, alleviating suffering, rescuing, providing shelter, healing, facilitating adoption and reducing pet overpopulation through their Spay/Neuter programs.

Rendering of future home of Peterborough Humane Society

Rendering of future home of Peterborough Humane Society

Animal welfare has expanded and evolved greatly over the past few decades, and the level of care possibilities has grown as well. Having been in operation for 78 years now, the strain is real as the City and County grow and the Humane Society continues to do their best for our community’s animals in a building that has been in place since 1956.

Rylee Morey, 7, with her dog, Augusta, 9

Rylee Morey, 7, with her dog, Augusta, 9

Last year alone they cared for over 2,000 animals in a facility that simply is not equipped to provide the level of enrichment and care that animals deserve. With the ever-changing world of animal welfare, their growth is imperative to assist future generations of animals get the very best in care while they wait to match with their perfect family and find their forever homes.

Rendering of future home of Peterborough Humane Society

Rendering of future home of Peterborough Humane Society

There is a light at the end of the tunnel though in the form of the new state-of-the-art facility which is on the way. The new 24,000 square feet Animal Care Centre has been purposefully designed to give animals more room and to experience less noise and stress, thereby reducing anxiety and setting them up for a greater opportunity to meet and match with their perfect family.

Chris White—Our Pet Project Campaign Chair & Director, Board of Directors, Peterborough Humane Society—with his dog, Dexter

Chris White—Our Pet Project Campaign Chair & Director, Board of Directors, Peterborough Humane Society—with his dog, Dexter

With the new centre, the Humane Society will have the opportunity to help more animals and families who turn to them for assistance. The Centre will increase adoptions, engage the community, boost the economy by creating 20 new, full-time jobs, reduce pet overpopulation across the region through their high-volume, low-cost Spay & Neuter Clinic, and celebrate national recognition as they welcome the Ontario SPCA cutting-edge Dog Rehabilitation Centre.

Rendering of future home of Peterborough Humane Society

Rendering of future home of Peterborough Humane Society

The new centre will be the first-of-its-kind in Canada, integrating three pivotal programs under one roof and putting Peterborough and the surrounding areas on the map.

All of this talk about the future of the Humane Society has led to widespread excitement throughout the community and helped them secure over $6 million, more than half of the way to their fundraising goal of $10 million. 

Several individuals and organizations have already stepped up to the plate to make this their Pet Project, including PetSmart Charities of Canada.

Dani LaGiglia, Regional Relationship Manager, PetSmart Charities of Canada

Dani LaGiglia, Regional Relationship Manager, PetSmart Charities of Canada

“As one of the nation’s leading funders of animal welfare, PetSmart Charities of Canada is pleased to provide a capital grant of $161,000 to support the creation of a new spay/neuter clinic at the Peterborough Humane Society,” says Dani LaGiglia, regional relationship manager. “The new clinic, combined with the long-standing in-store adoption program partnership between the local PetSmart store and the Peterborough Humane Society, will help to control pet overpopulation across the region and more importantly, will bring even more people and pets together.”

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Without a doubt, pets go a long way towards making us happier and healthier. The bond between people and animals has been strong for millennia and it acts as a motivator in all things that the Peterborough Humane Society does.

While the new centre will be geared towards providing a new temporary home for animals, it will also be the place where thousands of families come together to welcome in a new loved one, get their animal cared for, and bring more happiness to the community, and to each other.

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Learn more about Peterborough Humane Society in this just launched campaign video about their Our Pet Project.

Watch on Facebook here…

Watch on YouTube here…

The Humane Society is encouraging the community to adopt this as their Pet Project. To learn more about how you can help make this vision a reality, contact Alex Tindale, Campaign Manager, at 705.760.4451 or email her here.

Facebook: PTBOHumaneSociety
Twitter: @HSPeterborough
Instagram: @ptbo_humane_society
Website: ourpetproject.ca

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