Loyalist Humane Society continues to serve Prince Edward County’s needs

Thousands of felines such as Cameron, a four year neutered tabby, have been cared for and rehomed in Prince Edward County thanks to the efforts and dedication of the volunteer-driven Loyalist Humane Society located at 1297 County Road 4. (Loyalist Humane Society)

 

JASON PARKS

STAFF WRITER

An expanded Quinte regional humane society based in Belleville will not disrupt services at Prince Edward County’s Loyalist Humane Society. On Tuesday, the province announced its providing $250,000 to support the construction of Humane Society Hastings Prince Edward’s new $5 million community and education centre in Belleville. A major component of the planned new facility will provide space for important outreach programs, community recreational activities and events, as well as earned revenue to support the care of animals in need.

Tuesday’s announcement was made in Belleville by Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, where she was joined by Donna Endicott, Chair of the Humane Society Hastings Prince Edward (HSHPE), Marilyn Lawrie, Executive Director of the HSHPE, Greg Sudds, HSHPE Capital Campaign Chair and Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte.

“Like many of Ontario’s non-profit organizations, the Humane Society Hastings Prince Edward is a valuable and integral part of the community,” said Minister MacLeod. “That’s why support for the construction of the community and education centre is so important. This grant will provide long-term sustainability and help HSHPE deliver critical outreach programming to those needing extra support while also providing space for recreational activities and additional revenue for the care of homeless and neglected animals.”

The community and education centre will be located at 34 Wallbridge-Loyalist Road in Belleville, and is the second phase of a three-phase construction project that will provide a new, full-service facility for Humane Society Hastings Prince Edward. The facility will include an animal care and adoption centre and an on-site veterinary clinic. The community and education centre will provide engagement and education opportunities for the people of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties through innovative, community-driven programming.

When complete, the new facility will contribute to a healthier environment for animals and caregivers, while creating new opportunities for the community to engage and connect safely.

“We at Humane Society Hastings Prince Edward are very excited to see our vision for a Community and Education Centre becoming a reality. This would not have been possible without the support of government partners like Minister MacLeod and Minister Smith,” said Donna Endicott. “This financial contribution by the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries will ensure that less than one year from today, on the very site where we are standing, HSHPE will be engaging with residents to deliver innovative programming focussed on the animal-human partnership.”

The community and education centre will be built together with the animal care and adoption centre. Both are expected to be ready in summer 2022.

“Humane Society Hastings Prince Edward is an integral part of our community, caring for vulnerable animals and, through adoption, connecting people with companions that contribute to their wellbeing,” said MPP Smith. “This new, modern facility is long overdue and I’m pleased to see our government is providing capital support through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.”

While the body has adopted Prince Edward in its moniker, lost and abandoned animals on this side of the Norris Whitney bridge will continue to be served by the local, not-for-profit LHS as they have for the last 25 years.

President of LHS Gail Robinson said the volunteer-driven organization continues to focus on providing safe shelter for animals in need as well as low or no cost deworming, first shots, flea medication and spay/neuter programming for local residents how have rescued or adopted pets in need.

“We thank Prince Edward County for continuing to support us and our mandate of providing care for animals without homes and our ultimate goal of finding each pet a new and loving Forever Home,” Robinson said. For more information on LHS and who you can support this local shelter, please visit www.loyalisthumanesociety.com .