ROB DRAL The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: The public, town councillors, and the board of directors for The New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog met for their Annual General Meeting in Uxbridge on Thursday, April 28 to update everyone on the progress of the new Animal Shelter to be located in Uxbridge and to thank donors for the support so far.
To date, the committee has raised over $944,000 of the 1-million dollar goal. According to charity President, Ginger Jackson, after 1-million dollars is raised, the charity goes back to Council to put out a tender for a project manager. They hope to have shovels in the ground by 2017.
Uxbridge Mayor Gerri-Lynn O’Connor and Scugog Mayor Tom Rowett spoke on behalf of their respective towns. “I just want to say a huge thank you on behalf of the residents of Uxbridge for the amount of work and commitment you’ve put in to make sure our four-legged friends have a new place,” said Mayor O’Connor. “The last time I saw volunteers come anywhere close to raising the money that you have is when we put on an addition to the hospital,” she continued. Scugog Mayor, Tom Rowett also expressed his gratitude. “We at Scugog really appreciate the blood, sweat, and tears going into this fundraising drive and we know this is all for a good cause so I do want to on behalf of the residents and township, thank you very much.” The new animal shelter is a joint venture between Uxbridge and Scugog townships.
Currently, the plans for the new shelter only include cats and dogs. There are no plans to accept either wild or exotic animals such as reptiles and amphibians. The shelter promises to be a no-kill shelter. No healthy animals will be euthanized.
Architect Peter Archer was also on hand showing off preliminary drawings of the Shelter and explaining a bit about the features it will include. The facility will be approximately 4,000 square feet and will include: a Modern HVAC system to prevent disease, Quarantine areas for sick animals, viewing areas for adoptive families, abundant natural lighting, room to run free outdoors, and even a separate maternity ward for pregnant and nursing cats! “This is the first shelter I’ve ever done that’s requested a cat maternity,” said Peter Archer.
The new animal shelter is designed to maximize productivity and keep things easy for the hard working staff. All tables will have wheels for easy transportation of animals and their food. The kennels will have drains for easy cleaning of animal waste.
The building will also include some energy efficient features to save money and lessen the environmental footprint including, water catch basins, and small skylights throughout so lights can stay off during the day. It will also be built from sustainable building materials and use sustainable energy sources. Building plans are still being worked on and are open to change. The latest architectural drawings from April can be viewed on the animal shelter website at: www.animal-shelter.ca/gallery/. The new animal shelter promises to serve the needs of the community for over 50 years and will be built based on current standards for animal care.
The new shelter will be located at 5500 Lakeridge Road, south of Reach Street and North of Goodwood Road, on the west side. The site is approximately 10 acres and offers access to the Trans Canada Trail system. The land was donated by the Township of Uxbridge.
The group has several events during the month of May for continued fundraising. Sunday, May 15 is the Pooch & A Pint event, Beer Store fundraisers at both Uxbridge and Port Perry Beer Stores on May 20 and 21. The 4th Annual Mutt Strutt Walkathon takes place at Elgin Park in Uxbridge on Saturday, May 28.
The charity group has over 100 volunteers, but are always looking for more animal lovers who want to lend a hand. Please visit their website at: www.animal-shelter.ca for volunteer information and information on how to donate. For large donations or planned giving options, please contact the Major Donors Chair, Paul Bussiere, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-840-4470. The group is also looking for any support from the business community that may help reduce overhead costs. These typically include: storage facilities, website design, printing and meeting spaces, as well as building materials.
Stay tuned to The Standard for any updates regarding the construction of the animal shelter.
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