May 7, 2010
For immediate release
Staff, volunteers, donors and dignitaries broke ground today at the site of the Ottawa Humane Society's new home on West Hunt Club Road. Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, John Baird took a turn with the shovel, alongside OHS volunteer, Mrs. Laureen Harper, and her daughter Rachel.
"This fantastic new facility will truly be a community effort," said OHS President, Rob Cameron. "It is being built by loyal and committed donors: adults stretching to make a significant pledge, teens raising funds and children forgoing birthday presents."
Today's ceremony marks five years of research and planning for a new facility, which will be much larger, and will incorporate features such as better ventilation, lighting and more space to ease animal stress and reduce disease transmission. The 40,000 square foot facility will be a leading centre for the humane treatment of animals, as well as a welcoming centre for the community.
Bruce Roney, executive director of the OHS, Laureen Harper, Rachel Harper, Minister John Baird, and dog Blur commemorate the groundbreaking for the new Ottawa Humane Society building on May 7, 2010.
The Ottawa Humane Society currently struggles to care for more than 11,000 animals each year in a shelter designed to accommodate 2,500 a year. A further $4-million still needs to be raised to complete the building project. More information on the new shelter and fundraising opportunities can be found at http://www.breakingground.ca/.
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