Sunday, April 21, 2024

Local Humane Society in Search of Land


In 2017, the GTHS embarked on a community research project as part of their Strategic Planning process. One fact became evident and undeniable; in order to continue serving a community that is estimated to grow by 200% over the next 24 years, the GTHS needs more space.

Every square inch of their current building is being used to maximum capacity with waiting lists reaching into 2021 for programs and services. Engaging with architects to clarify their vision and establish future needs, a design study revealed the need for five acres of land to support future expansion and ensure services remain unwavering into the future.

The GTHS is growing and is seeking approximately five acres of local land for future capital expansion.

Land is our primary focus at the moment because without it, no other steps can be taken. We have made incredible strides over the past ten years by proactively addressing pet overpopulation and forming strong local partnerships to ensure that no one (furry or human) slips through the cracks. With land and our dream for the future, we will be in a great position to continue to serve our vibrant community,” explained Executive Director Sonya Reichel.

Eleven years ago, the Georgian Triangle Humane Society (GTHS) opened the doors to its animal shelter on 549 Tenth Line in Collingwood for the first time. The 3,500 sq. ft. building was the result of a community-based campaign supported by visionary local donors. To date, the small but mighty animal shelter has housed, cared for, and rescued over 10,000 homeless pets.

From a volunteer-led grassroots charity to a full-service Animal Centre, the trajectory of growth has been tremendous. Now led by 17 staff members, 300 volunteers, and 9 governance board members, the GTHS provides a public service in both crisis intervention and solution-based community programs. Of note, services include Pet Support Services for seniors and pet owners facing crisis, a Companion Animal Hospital increasing access to spay/neuter services, free spay/neuter surgeries to Community (feral) Cats, and Humane Education that works with 2,000 local youth annually in classrooms and within the Animal Centre.

The Society has a mission to provide innovative programs and compassionate services that enhance the lives of pets in need and the people that care for them. In 11 years, the GTHS has become an integral Public Service to the community and undeniably needs a larger facility. Any support in their search for land would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Executive Director Sonya Reichel, 705-445-5204 ext. 225.

PHOTO: A volunteer prepares to deliver pet food to pet parents in need. PHOTO CREDIT: Candra Schank Photography

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