If you’re an animal lover, the December fire that ravaged the Durham Region Humane Society’s shelter, killing more than one hundred and fifty animals, probably broke your heart. Now, more than a month later, the organization still has no facility and is virtually inoperable without one.
Sandy Greenberg, owner of My Dog’s Daycare on Roncesvalles, is just one of the many who are contributing time and money to help build a new shelter. According to Greenberg, the Humane Society—which is funded solely through personal donations, making it wholly dependent on its community—has “had a lot of people come forward who have offered to help build, but the problem is that they don’t have land.”
To show her support, Greenberg has organized an open house fundraiser this Saturday at her daycare and all money raised will be used to purchase a new property and construct a bigger, better shelter. The event will include a number of mini-workshops covering topics such as how to keep your dog maintained between grooming appointments, how to keep your dog safe in the winter, and how to photograph your pets. Iris Green of The Village Healing Centre will also conduct animal readings throughout the afternoon. Admission to the open house is free with a donation to the Humane Society, and all dog owners must provide proof of vaccinations.
Open house attendees and all those who can’t make it on Saturday are also asked to visit the Humane Society’s online Wish List; items on it are desperately needed so that monetary donations can be allocated specifically to buying the new land. Greenberg also wants to donate some of the non-monetary gifts dropped off on (or around) Saturday to Animal Aid Unlimited, a charitable organization that runs an animal hospital in India. She says there has been a lot of attention directed toward the Durham Humane Society’s troubles, and she wants to use just a small fraction of this awareness to help an overseas organization that needs assistance in order to continue its operations.
For those able to attend, Greenberg’s open house will run from 1–4 p.m. on Saturday at My Dog’s Daycare, 111 Roncesvalles Avenue, five blocks north of Queen.