[NEWS RELEASE – October 24, 2017]
The Guelph Humane Society announces future location of new facility
The Guelph Humane Society (GHS) is thrilled to announce it has secured a new location at 190 Hanlon Creek Blvd. in the Hanlon Creek Business Park, just west of the Hanlon Expressway near Laird Road. By an unanimous decision on Monday night, Guelph City Council waived their option to purchase the land and approved the humane society’s purchase of the 2.7-acre parcel of land.
The GHS is excited about the opportunities that 190 Hanlon Creek Blvd. offers the future of the organization, the community and its animals. The land meets many of GHS’ needs, including providing ample room for current services, plus the ability to expand both programming and animal housing and close proximity to accessible walking trails. The goal for the new site is to provide high quality animal sheltering with consideration to enhancing animal health while minimizing animal stress, ensuring species-specific needs are met, and providing an improved experience for visitors interacting with our animals.
For over 45-years, the shelter has resided at 500 Wellington Street West and is on city-owned land shared with Guelph’s wastewater treatment plant. Wastewater infrastructure is scheduled to expand in the near future to address Guelph’s growing population and this includes reclaiming the shelter’s current building. This provides GHS an opportunity to move forward, as the current building does not allow for modern animal sheltering practices or expanded service offerings. The GHS is keen to build a new facility that the community will be proud of.
“The goal of the new shelter will be to create a community shelter that reflects our core humane values, augments our existing programs, while providing room to expand our capacity to help more people and animals each year,” said Adrienne McBride, Executive Director.
With the new location secured, the GHS is eager to move forward in earnest with the planning and design phase of the project, as well as initiate fundraising efforts. The GHS relies solely on the generous support of the community, and will need donations to make this project a success. Anyone interested in learning more about the project is encouraged to contact Adrienne McBride, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The GHS is very thankful for the support and guidance that the City of Guelph has offered throughout this process, and looks forward to continuing to work together as the project moves into the planning and design phase.
Guelph Humane Society:
The Guelph Humane Society advocates for all animals, and in particular those animals whose lives it can influence, through care, education, community support, protection, and leadership. Founded in 1893, the Guelph Humane Society provides care and shelter for approximately 3,000 homeless, stray, injured and abused animals each year in Guelph and Wellington County. GHS is a registered charitable, non-profit organization that does not receive government funding. Visit www.guelphhumane.ca to discover more.