The Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society
On September 28th, we are partnering with the Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society to provide chauffeured limousine service for two trips to see the musical “Come From Away” in Toronto that will be auctioned off during their annual fundraiser. We asked them to provide some more information about what they do, as well as more about the event.
The Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society has been serving the K-W Community for over 90 years – starting first as a shelter in 1927 and growing to become much more than that in 2018. In 2012, we merged with the OSPCA Stratford-Perth branch and now own and operate it out of a new facility opened in 2016. Today, the KWHS is the fourth largest humane society in Ontario.
The scope of what we do has changed since 1927 but the vision remains the same – to be a proactive leader in providing humane support through care, education, advocacy and compliance to promote the well-being of all animals.
In 2017, we achieved so much:
- Our Animal Care Team cared for over 2400 animals with over 1700 re-homes (adopted). More than 700 animals were returned to their owners. Over 40 animals were taken in through our Emergency Boarding Program. (Emergency Boarding provides short-term care for pets of persons who are victims of abuse or loss of residence, are facing hospitalization or incarceration, and have no other option.)
- Our Animal Hospital performed over 3200 surgeries and operated a Community Assistance spay/neuter program. Having on-site veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians mean that pets brought to KWHS, whether the pet is a stray or surrender, are immediately triaged and diagnosed for care. We operated Microchip and Rabies clinics with more than 4200 rabies vaccines administered and microchips implanted.
- Our Education Program reached 30,798 children through school visits. Camps offered on PD Days and over school breaks provided children with hands-on animal experience as well as an introduction to responsible pet ownership. The KWHS birthday party program was voted Waterloo Region’s favourite party site in 2016 and 2017.
- KWHS is contracted by the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, as well as the communities of Woolwich and Wilmot, to provide education and enforcement of the cities’ animal control bylaws. Officers supported the region’s residents, answering over 2700 calls and processing 900-plus investigations. By working with the communities, animal control is able to address concerns and work towards resolutions that reflect the best interests of both people and pets.
- Expertise in our field means that we are the go-to for the Capacity for Care Program, an animal care management program that focuses on reducing the length of stay for animals in the centre. Animal Care staff have presented webinars for shelters and animal care programs in the US. As a leader in animal welfare, we share our knowledge and experiences with other Humane Societies, hosting visits from the Kingston, Niagara falls and Winnipeg Humane Societies
Community support is one thing that continues to bring the Humane Society forward. Fundraisers such as our upcoming Homeward Bound – An Evening for the Animals, is just one of the ways that we keep our important work going.
This year’s event is one that we knew was a Canadian story that had to be told and we are proud to present Homeward Bound to the community.
On the morning of September 11th, 2001 the United States shut down its airspace, leaving dozens of planes and thousands of passengers stranded in mid-air. Without hesitating, the tiny airport in Gander Newfoundland opened its runways, taking in 38 wide-body planes on transatlantic flights.
As the Washington Post noted, “The people of Gander, a town of no more than 10,000 looked at all those planes lined up, and they just wanted to help.”
Join us on September 28th as Bonnie Harris, Gander’s SPCA Manager, recounts how her small shelter, with a staff of 3 and 25 volunteers, found a way to care for the pets (including two great apes) on those planes.
Special guest Cindy Cherry (yes, that Cherry family) will share her experiences of adopting from the KWHS. And pulling all the threads together will be our MC for the evening, CTV’s Christina Succi.
Homeward Bound, an evening to raise much needed funds for the pets in our care, will include an array of appetizers, dinner and dessert. Guests will have an opportunity to bid on special live auction items and purchase raffle tickets on our Grand Prize.
Individual tickets are only $90 and corporate tables are available. For more information please contact Marjorie Brown at 519-745-5615 ext 229 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to welcoming you to our first Homeward Bound event.