Humane Society HPE Welcomes $ 250,000 Campaign Boost


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Humane Society Hastings Prince Edward’s new home under construction took another step toward its $ 5 million fundraising goal on Tuesday thanks to a $ 250,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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The latest cash injection brings the “It Takes Heart” fundraising campaign to around $ 3.8 million to build the shelter at 34 Wallbridge-Loyalist Road, just north of Highway 2.

The new facility will allow the company to provide outreach programs, community recreation and support animals.

Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, announced the good news during a personal appearance at the new facility which is slated to open in June 2022.

MacLeod praised the long-standing stand-alone humanitarian company for its decades of working to care for and place abandoned and stray animals in Belleville.

“This incredible organization has done a lot to do essential outreach efforts to ensure that people across the region have a place to take their pets or adopt one,” said MacLeod, whose ministry oversees the Foundation. Ontario Trillium.

MacLeod pointed out that she and Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith both adopted animals from the local shelter, adding that she visited the existing animal shelter on a recent tour of the constituency.

“Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to tour the current facility, which really touched me. It was really quite impressive to see the level of dedication and commitment of the staff in areas that are far from ideal, ”she said.

This visit led her to adopt an abandoned cat named Walter.

MacLeod said Smith, who sits in cabinet alongside her as Ontario’s energy minister, advocated for funding for the animal shelter on behalf of her constituency and that she was just happy to help.

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In his remarks during the Humanitarian Society’s presentation, Smith said it has been difficult to find a source of funding for the facility since 2013, given that animal shelters do not fall under any traditional funding formula of Province.

“The only thing unusual about aid companies is that there isn’t a single place within the Ontario government to get funding and we’ve looked everywhere. I looked under every stone and luckily Minister MacLeod made that happen… ”said Smith.

“It will be a great addition to the community. It’s going to be a great building, an incredible building, you can tell, ”Smith said.

Donna Endicott, president of the Quinte Humane Society, was grateful for the grant, noting that the financial support will go a long way in improving the health of animals and people throughout an entire community.

“We believe that the bond that develops between pets and their owners is fundamental. It is the one that can determine our happiness and even our longevity. We believe that the health and happiness of humans and animals are linked. Our pets rely on us for our health and happiness, ”Endicott said,“ and in turn, they make us healthier by making us go out and walk or slow down and snuggle up. “

The community and educational center will be located at 34, chemin Wallbridge-Loyalist in Belleville. This is the second phase of a three phase construction project that will provide a new full service facility to the Humane Society Hastings Prince Edward.

The facility will include an animal care and adoption center and on-site veterinary clinic. The community and education center will provide opportunities for engagement and education to residents of Hastings and Prince Edward counties through innovative community-based programs.

The shelter provides a safe and caring place for up to 2,200 sick, abused, neglected and homeless animals each year.

Over the past seven years, the Ontario Trillium Foundation has invested $ 730 million across the province in community projects.


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