GUELPH, ON (February 25, 2021) – The Guelph Humane Society (GHS) is excited to announce a move-in date for their new facility at 190 Hanlon Creek Blvd. GHS will officially be moving into their new home on the weekend of March 5-7.
Construction is not entirely completed on the new building, as there are projects that are still in progress on the inside, as well as outdoor work, such as landscaping, that will have to wait until later in the spring. However the building is safe and ready to move into, and there are many benefits to moving in as soon as possible.
“Our new home is 18,000 sq. ft. on almost three acres of land,” says Adrienne McBride, Executive Director at GHS. “The larger space will allow us to better physically distance and adhere to public health requirements, and give the animals more room to enjoy their time with us before finding their new families.”
During the move, GHS will be closed for three days so that all staff can focus on making the move as smooth as possible. GHS will be closed March 5-7, however if there is an animal emergency, the public can call the emergency line at 1-855-333-3385, and the GHS team can respond accordingly.
“We won’t have any animals on site during the move,” adds Lisa Veit, Associate Director at GHS. “Our goal is to have all animals either in foster care or in a partner boarding facility or veterinary clinic for those three days, so that we limit any stress on the animals. And when they return to us on March 8th in our brand-new home, they will be in for such a treat. They will have new and improved spaces to explore!”
GHS will return to normal operating hours on Monday, March 8 – but that does not mean the building will be open to the public just yet.
“A move during COVID is not what we had in mind,” says McBride. “We’ve had to curb our expectations and timelines for grand opening plans, and we hope that our community can be patient with us as we navigate COVID-19 restrictions. Once we are settled into our new home we will be able to create a safe plan to determine when the community can visit us inside 190 Hanlon Creek Blvd, in accordance with public health recommendations.”
During the move from 500 Wellington St. West to 190 Hanlon Creek Blvd., items will be transported in a Manitoulin Transport truck on loan from Royal Canin. Both companies are volunteering their time and services.
“Manitoulin Transport is very proud to help the Guelph Humane Society with their move into a new facility,” says Jeff Smith, Executive Vice-President, Manitoulin Group of Companies. “We are always looking for opportunities to help out organizations in need in the communities we serve.”
For more information about the Guelph Humane Society’s new facility, including ways to help with fundraising efforts for the building, visit www.UnleashingHope.ca.
About the 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.
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