Sarnia and District Humane Society raises close to $60,000 for dog run

July 13, 2013:
Joanna McEwen, who works at the Sarnia and District Humane Society’s animal shelter, takes Joe, a three-year-old Lab available for adoption, out for a walk. Work is set to begin on construction of a dog run at the shelter on Exmouth Street.


Work was set to begin Friday on a fenced-in area next to Sarnia’s animal shelter designed to make its dogs healthier and more adoptable.

Shelter manager Donna Pyette said the Sarnia and District Humane Society and supporters raised close to $60,000 for the dog run project that was delayed while the city tested the soil in Centennial Park.

While the society owns the shelter building, the land it sits on at the park’s northwest corner is leased from the city.

Part of the waterfront city park was fenced off earlier this year because of lead and asbestos found in the soil.

Pyette said soil test results for the area where the shelter sits have been completed and officials at Sarnia City Hall gave the all clear to go ahead with the dog run.

“There’s absolutely no concern here,” she said.

“We didn’t expect there to be, but we just wanted to be pro-active and make sure before we started digging up the ground.”

The dog run will have three sections, all behind a solid vinyl fence to be erected next to the shelter, Pyette said.

Dogs that have been vaccinated, check by veterinarians and are available for adoption will use one of the three areas. The second will be for lost and stray dogs waiting to be claimed by their owners, and the third will be a small section for puppies and dogs recovering from surgery.

The society has a group of volunteer dog walkers who exercise dogs at the shelter but the dog run will increase the opportunities for the animals to “get out there and be dogs, and get that energy out of them and play.”

It will also allow shelter staff to work on socialization skills with dogs that need it.

“It’s going to be so beneficial to their health, and in helping them get adopted,” Pyette said.

The run is expected to be completed by the end of July.

Fundraising for the project included a successful Dollar a Door drive by local postal carriers that brought in $25,000.

“They played a huge role in getting this off the ground,” Pyette said.

Several businesses also pitched in with donations, and Robert Dale Engineering designed the dog run at no cost to the society.

By Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer

Story Source: The Observer

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