Due to construction the PEI Humane Society dog park will be closed until further notice. Please check our Facebook page for the re-open date.
Our apologies for any inconvenience.
The PEI Humane Society (PEIHS) would like to thank the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) for investing $250,000 in a new shelter addition as part of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Fund.
Thank you to ACOA team, the Minister, represented by MP Sean Casey who made the announcement last week and the donors who have made this announcement possible for us. You have helped us reach a goal far sooner than expected. We now have the opportunity to break ground on this addition to our facility.
Our aim is always to ensure that companion animals are safe and well cared for in the community. When that can’t happen we need to ensure a safe health environment for them here at the shelter.
For over a year, we have worked with Robert Haggis and the skilled team at SableARC Studios, and their colleagues at Orange Door Engineering with consultation from Design Learned Inc. a firm specializing in animal facility design, with the goal of getting it right for the 1200 plus animals that are in our care each year. Shelter care is changing. Our knowledge of how best to care for lost and homeless animals has greatly improved, and with this additional space we move closer to our goal of preventive care.
The addition to the current facility will offer a multipurpose room for events, an education space for prevention and for pet owners needing help with some of the many reasons animals are surrendered to the PEIHS. It will offer a meeting space which we do not currently have.
More importantly, the space will be designed to house animals as well, so that it can double as an overflow in the event of a seizure or natural disaster situation. With proper animal care ventilation and finishes like flooring, the space will lend itself to reduced disease transmission and quality care.
The additional space will also provide room for animal protection officers, and senior staff to work on the main floor of the building, for their own safety and so that they can be a better support to building staff. The PEIHS has a dramatic increase in dog bite investigations, reports about aggressive dogs and cases of neglect or abuse.
Our goal is to provide the best facility we can to meet the needs of these animals and to work toward our goal of prevention and education. A shelter is never the best place for an animal, but if we can provide the best possible environment and care while they await a new and safe home.