Chet Greason, Gazette staff
The Stratford-Perth Humane Society has purchased a former industrial building at 125 Griffith Rd. to be converted into a new shelter, leaving behind the cramped confines of its site on Douro Street.
The new 8,442 square-foot building, a former distribution warehouse, has a great deal of renovation to be done.
“I’m expecting it will take most of the summer and into the early fall,” said humane society executive director Jack Kinch, who added that the future facility will have seperate areas for cats and dogs, each divided into three different sections: holding, resources, and adoption centres. A third section will be set aside for smaller animals, like rabbits and birds.
The additional space will cut down on the animals’ stress levels and help the organization as it works towards achieving a 90 per cent (minimum) live release mandate.
“It was clear the building on Douro wasn’t adequate. The animals were getting agitated,” said former humane society advisory council chair Larry Baswick, at the new animal welfare centre’s champagne launch on Friday, April 12.
“The new building will fit the bill.”