Monday, November 22, 2010

Durham Humane Society Pleads For Help

The Humane Society of Durham Region is getting ready to move into its new home in Whitby next month, but are still need $486,000 to pay for it. In efforts to raise $200,000, which will offset some of its mortgage, the Humane Society is running a “Home for the Holidays” media-thon on Tuesday, where Canada’s gold-medal curling team will be taking phone calls for donations at its temporary shelter on Taunton Rd. W. in Oshawa. The new shelter replaces to the one lost in 2008 to a deadly fire that gutted the society’s Waterloo St. shelter in Oshawa. Although firefighters were able to save 13 animals, 130 other pets died. “We’re hoping for the ribbon-cutting on the new shelter to be Dec. 17, the second anniversary of the fire (that tore down the original shelter),” said shelter spokesman Ruby Richards. “If we can raise that amount, that will cut down on the amount that it’s going to take for us to pay off on our mortgage to allow us to spend more money on the animals. “Ever since then, the shelter has been in temporary locations, foster homes, kind of spread out throughout Durham region and we’ve been living that way for two years,” Richards said. The new shelter at 1505 Wentworth St. W. is described as “state of the art,” Richards said. It will house the Humane Society’s 110 cats, 40 small animals and 15 dogs it currently has in its care.“It’s going to be one of the best designed shelters, at least in Ontario,” she said. “Best air filtration system that money can buy, same that hospitals use, we’re going to have solar panels and indoor and outdoor dog runs. It’s about keeping the mental stimulation of animals up.” The new facility costs $2.2 million. The federal and provincial governments has invested $1.3 million of the total bill. The media-thon runs from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. Tuesday. For more information or to make a donation, call 1-877-908-2888.

*The Toronto Sun


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