Animal Welfare Organizations Officially Merge


Animal Welfare Organizations Officially Merge

The Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society and the former Ontario SPCA Perth Branch join forces to provide better animal welfare across the Waterloo and Perth Region


Kitchener, ON – The Ontario SPCA is pleased to be working with the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society, an affiliate of the Ontario SPCA, as they take on a new initiative to better serve the communities of Perth County and the Region of Waterloo.


Effective July 1, 2012, the Ontario SPCA Perth Branch has officially merged with the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society (KWHS) creating the new Animal Welfare Agency of South Central Ontario. The communities of Perth County, and Kitchener-Waterloo and North Waterloo Region will continue to be served by their local shelters, now regional branches operating as the new Stratford-Perth Humane Society and the long-standing Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society. These two Branches will share resources, senior staff and expertise providing new opportunities to cooperate and collaborate in providing better and expanded services to the communities within these two Regions and shelter, care and protection for its animals.


“This is the first merger of its kind. The Ontario SPCA is pleased with this evolution as we strive to continue to do what we can to better animal welfare across the province.” said Kate MacDonald, CEO of Ontario SPCA. “The Ontario SPCA will continue to work with the new affiliated society to assist the organization with their animal welfare needs in the Perth, and K-W and Waterloo communities.”


The two organizations have been working closely together for a number of years to help the animals in their respective regions. This merger will allow the services to continue while more efficiently and effectively addressing the animal welfare requirements and community needs.

“We couldn’t be happier about this merger,” says Jack Kinch, Executive Director Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society. “This is a great opportunity to do more for the communities and the animals in both regions.”


“Our staff are very excited to be joining the larger team,” says Sara Tickner, Branch Manager of the new Stratford-Perth Humane Society . “Our goal has always been to help more animals; working together with the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society will help us achieve that.”


For more information about the Stratford-Perth and Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Societies please visit and


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The KWHS is the fourth largest humane society in Ontario, is a recognized Canadian leader in Animal Welfare and has been saving lives since 1927. Now in its 85th year, the KWHS, without any form of government funding, serves one of the fasted growing metropolitan areas in Canada and provides the K-W community with the provision of humane care for orphaned and abandoned animals.


For more information please contact Jack Kinch, Executive Director: or