MP Erin O’Toole and Laureen Harper offer support for new animal shelter initiative


Nestleton – Erin O’Toole, the Member of Parliament for Durham, invited Mrs. Laureen Harper, the wife of Prime Minister Harper, to the Township of Scugog for a meet and greet in support of the New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog a local charitable organization that is raising funds to replace the animal control facility downtown Port Perry. The existing facility, located on Reach Street, is now much over capacity and was never an ideal space as it lacked proper facilities, a quarantine area and appropriate office space.

The New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog campaign was started in 2011 after a small group of passionate residents decided to take on the daunting task of raising $1 million for a new animal control facility for the two townships. The charitable organization to date has raised $670,000 towards their goal.

MP O’Toole offered to help give this local initiative an extra boost by extending an invitation to Mrs. Harper to come for a reception at the Nestleton Waters Inn. Mrs. Harper is known for her tireless dedication to animal welfare initiatives. In 2011 the Humane Society of Canada recognized Mrs. Harper with their Heroes for Animals Lifetime Achievement Award; an award that is only shared with a handful of past recipients.

Quotes

“I’m pleased that Laureen Harper could join us in Scugog to meet individuals who are passionate about animal welfare and help them in their goal to raise funds. The New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog proves that anything is possible when an impassioned group of volunteers get together to make our community a better place and set a goal.”

-Mr. Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham

Backgrounder

-The Townships of Scugog and Uxbridge jointly partner in an Animal Control program for domestic animals. The existing facility located at 1360 Reach Street in Port Perry has limited storage, no quarantine area and no office space. The building has long reached its capacity and a new facility is desperately needed.

-In 2011, a dedicated group of community volunteers established The New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog a designated not-for-profit, charitable organization (Charity Registration #85317 3300 RR0001).

-The mandate of the not-for-profit organization is to raise funds to support the development of the new shelter, create community awareness about this initiative and to coordinate the construction process through the joint efforts of community volunteers and paid contractors.

-The new, state-of-the-art facility will be built at 5500 Lakeridge Road and will cost an estimated $1 million.

-The Townships of Scugog and Uxbridge have committed $480,000 towards the project and The New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog has raised $190,000 in donations. To date $670,000 has been raised towards the new shelter facility.

-More information on the organization can be found by visiting: www.animal-shelter.ca

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