With Ontario celebrating Family Day next week, this seems like an ideal time to shine the spotlight on those all-too-often spoiled family members, our pets.
In a great example of what can happen when the community rallies behind a great cause, the New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog is expected to be up-and-running in the not-too-distant future, just a few short years after the idea was initially pitched to councillors by local animal lovers.
The current animal shelter has served the community well over the years, providing a home for countless animals and companionship for numerous local residents. But, the truth was, its replacement has been needed for quite some time, and that it continues to operate is a testament to its tremendous employees and volunteers.
Since 2011, Scugog and Uxbridge have shown their generosity time and time again, contributing nearly $800,000 to the cause. Uxbridge and Scugog may be rivals in a lot of areas, but in this endeavour, they are partners in every sense of the word, with each municipality pledging $240,000 towards the new facility. And the community has shown its support in nearly every way imaginable. Residents have offered donations through coin boxes, galas, concerts, golf tournaments, birthday parties, walkathons and other great events that brought the whole community together in a shared desire to provide a better home for the area’s wayward animals.
We hear often that North Durham is a great place to live, and it’s initiatives like the New Animal Shelter that show that it’s true.
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