The Board of Directors is providing this update to all supporters of the Humane Society of Durham Region (HSDR). The shelter will be closed for the next 6 to 8 weeks for important renovations to improve our ability to care for the animals. The HSDR continues to take in animals in need while the shelter is temporarily closed to the public. The closure occurred abruptly due to an incident involving harm to a staff member. Until a police investigation is complete, HSDR executives have been asked to refrain from commenting about the case other than on what has already been presented publically.
A temporary closure of the shelter was being planned as a result of the need to bring the HSDR in line with recently enacted guidelines for Canadian Standards of Care in Animal Shelters. This likely would have happened in the fall. Part of the strategy to adopt the guidelines involved the need to renovate some of the interior of the shelter for better functionality and to replace all of the cat cages which are too small for today’s standards of care. Full details of what the renovation will involve will be announced in the near future.
Rather than put the animals through two separate disruptions and to avoid undue stress, the decision was made to accelerate the renovations. Since Wednesday July 9th, the HSDR has taken in 77 animals and with the assistance of our community partners, placed 39 animals in their forever homes. This includes the acceptance of 26 moms and kittens from community partners that HSDR has formed new relationships with.
While the shelter is closed to the public as a result of the renovations, we continue to support animals in need throughout Durham Region. You can find the most recent coverage via a Channel 12 news story online:
by clicking here
It has been suggested in the newspaper that the renovation is to fix a simple air conditioning problem. The shelter’s air quality is managed by a complex geo-thermal HVAC system, which requires specialized technical knowledge. There are other related building issues that the HSDR Board is working to address as quickly as possible. This is unfortunate for a building that is only a few years old, but it is a reality that HSDR must address for the safety of the animals, staff and volunteers The HSDR has reached out to the vendors that designed, installed, and maintained the systems in hope that they will provide support with respect to correcting the HVAC issues.
The volunteer board of directors has been working on a daily basis to address these issues as quickly as possible to ensure the shelter can provide the best possible care to the animals in need across Durham Region. The Humane Society sincerely appreciates the ongoing support from the community, many of whom have reached out to express their concern and support for what has happened. We will continue to communicate regularly with weekly emails, social media channels and the HSDR web-site as we work through this very unfortunate incident and necessary renovation plan.
We need the community to help us raise the $75,000 that is needed to fund this project so the animals in need can continue to depend on the HSDR. Donations can be made by texting HSDR to 20222 to donate $10 through your mobile device, online at http://humanedurham.akaraisin.com/ShelterRenovation
or by mail to:
Humane Society of Durham Region
1505 Wentworth Street