Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ottawa Humane Society Celebrates New Facility

Many furry friends celebrated as the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS), marked the official opening of its new facility at a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Government of Canada.

The new 40,000 square foot building replaces the organization's aging and inadequate former location. In addition to housing the municipal animal shelter, an adoption centre, an in-house veterinary clinic, and OHS staff, the new facility will also help fulfil the organization's public education mandate and better accommodate the many thousands of animals the OHS cares for every year. The building was constructed with environmentally-friendly features such as passive solar heating and renewable construction materials.

"The Ottawa Humane Society plays such an important role in our community," said John Baird, Member of Parliament for Ottawa West – Nepean. "This new facility will help the OHS continue to protect the welfare of Ottawa's animals. We are proud to help make this project a reality."

"This project is so important and long overdue for the animals and the community. All of us at the OHS are so happy to see the animals finally in the environment they deserve. We are all so grateful to everyone that helped make this beautiful dream a reality," said Bruce Roney, Executive Director of the Ottawa Humane Society.

The Government of Canada is committing $3.6 million toward the eligible costs of this project. The total eligible project cost is close to $12 million.

Federal funding for this project comes from the Government of Canada's $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, which is supporting over 4,100 infrastructure projects across the country.

For additional information about investments in infrastructure, visit http://www.creatingjobs.gc.ca/.

For further information about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/.

Contacts:

Vanessa Schneider
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
613-991-0700

Mandy Chepeka
Manager: Communications
613-725-3166 ext. 261

Infrastructure Canada
613-948-1148 or toll-free 1-877-250-7154

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