GUELPH – The Guelph Humane Society (GHS) has announced receipt of a $5 million gift that will allow construction to proceed on a new facility.
The gift from Kim and Stu Lang in support of the “Capital Campaign – Unleashing Hope” is the largest in GHS history.
The new building is expected to be ready in about one year.
“The Lang’s gift is transformational for our campaign,” said Adrienne McBride, Executive Director.
“The new facility is a long awaited project that will have a huge impact on the lives of vulnerable animals in Guelph and Wellington County The Langs are longtime Guelph-area residents who have shared their life with a large number of animals, including dogs and cats (most of which have been rescues) and horses.
Supporting an organization like GHS is especially meaningful to them, since GHS gives vulnerable animals a second chance for a happy and healthy life.
“The Guelph Humane Society has been extending compassion to countless living things for 125 years and it is a profound pleasure for Stu and I to be included among the many generous people who have been able to contribute, ” said Kim Lang.
The gift, made through the Lang’s Angel Gabriel Foundation, brings the total raised by the Humane Society to over $6.5 million of its $10 million goal for the campaign. This includes the land purchase, development charges, plan development, and the building itself.
Other significant contributions have been from Kathy White, the Truscott family, Glenn Goddard and Maureen McCafferty, Larry and Katie Smith, Annie Guthrie and Muffie Guthrie, Jody McCurdy, Royal Canin, and Ren’s Pets. Additionally, estate gifts in support of the building from the late Hugh and Lorna Guthrie, and the late Mary Anne Thompson Sommerville will support the capital campaign.
In 2017, GHS bought 2.7 acres of land at 190 Hanlon Creek Boulevard and has developed and confirmed building plans in partnership with the local JDM Architect and Project Manager Avison Young. For 50 years, GHS has resided at 500 Wellington St. W., near the city’s wastewater treatment plant. From a small, overcrowded location, GHS provides care to thousands of vulnerable animals each year, including domestic, wild and farm animals.
The new facility will improve the health and well-being of animals during their stay at GHS with updated, larger and more comfortable animal spaces. There will also be a large space dedicated to community outreach.
To make a donation or learn more about the new facility and Unleashing Hope Capital Building Campaign, visit https://guelphhumane.ca/.