A message from your Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Durham Region (HSDR) is pleased to announce it has reached an agreement with the Toronto Humane Society (THS)to assume management of the day-to-day operations of the HSDR.
Under this agreement, which is now in effect, THS will provide management staff and with a full suite of vital operational and
medical resources to support and manage the operations of the HSDR, ensure superlative day-to-day attention to the animals
under the care of the HSDR. The level of expertise and the quality of care that the management team of the THS delivers within
its own downtown Toronto operation is second to none and the Board of Directors is delighted to have the opportunity to tap
into this level of expertise for Durham Region.
In recent months, THS has provided assistance to HSDR and performed an assessment of our current operations while we searched for a
full-time Shelter Manager. Through that process, the full range of support available from THS became very evident. This includes access
to 8 full-time or part-time Veterinarians and 14 Registered
Vet Technicians, resources that the HSDR could not support
on its own. The management services agreement will also
provide support in the areas of operational procedures, staff
and volunteer training and support, purchasing, fundraising,
marketing and communications, media relations, customer
service, human resources, payroll, and accounting.
The HSDR operations is a serious undertaking that the
new Board of Directors identified very quickly after being
appointed at the annual meeting of members at the end of
June, 2013. Immediately, the new Board set about creating
and implementing a plan that would appropriately position
the HSDR for growth and to be able to effectively handle the
requirements of the HSDR based on an anticipated population
explosion for Durham Region. Engaging the expertise and the
scale of THS in the operations of the HSDR to offer the same level
of care in Durham Region is the right and prudent plan for the
HSDR and the community of Durham.
The role of THS is to manage the day-to-day operations of the
HSDR. The HSDR remains a separate legal entity and will continue as Durham Region’s animal rescue and adoption centre. HSDR still
requires the very generous support and help from residents of Durham Region to fund our operations and will continue to undertake
vital community-based fundraising initiatives to fund the shelter operation. The largest current fundraising event for the HSDR has been
scheduled for June 1st at Heydenshore Pavillion and there are some amazing incentive prizes available to be won by registering and
raising funds online at www.furryfriends5K.ca. Financial support from the community is particularly important in the coming months as
the extreme winter weather has caused a massive spike in operational expenses for the HSDR.
The Board of Directors of the HSDR has been extremely impressed by the support of THS and we look forward to their future support
under this management agreement. The HSDR will be able to tap into the economies of scale of the THS through stronger purchasing
power and operational efficiencies but we still need the ongoing support of the community to continue to care for the animals and find
them their forever home.
Please read the full membership update here