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OHS Ceremonial Groundbreaking

OHS holds ceremonial groundbreaking for new buildingOHS holds ceremonial
groundbreaking for new building

OTTAWA, Ont. (7 May, 2010) – Staff, volunteers, donors and dignitaries broke
ground today at the site of the Ottawa Humane Society’s new home on West Hunt
Club Road. Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, John Baird
took a turn with the shovel, alongside OHS volunteer, Mrs. Laureen Harper, and
her daughter Rachel.

“This fantastic new facility will truly be a community effort,” said OHS
President, Rob Cameron. “It is being built by loyal and committed donors: adults
stretching to make a significant pledge, teens raising funds and children
forgoing birthday presents.”

Today’s ceremony marks five years of research and planning for a new facility,
which will be much larger, and will incorporate features such as better
ventilation, lighting and more space to ease animal stress and reduce disease
transmission. The 40,000 square foot facility will be a leading centre for the
humane treatment of animals, as well as a welcoming centre for the community.

Bruce Roney, executive director of the OHS, Laureen Harper, Rachel Harper,
Minister John Baird and dog Blur commemorate the groundbreaking for the new
Ottawa Humane Society building on May 7, 2010.

The Ottawa Humane Society currently struggles to care for more than 11,000
animals each year in a shelter designed to accommodate 2,500 a year. A further
$4-million still needs to be raised to complete the building project. More
information on the new shelter and fundraising opportunities can be found at
www.breakingground.ca.

Tara Jackson
Communications Manager
Ottawa Humane Society
phone (613) 725-3166 ext. 261
www.ottawahumane.ca

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