The Humane Society of Durham Region (HSDR) is undertaking an extensive project Ontariospca

The Humane Society of Durham Region (HSDR) is undertaking an extensive project


Whitby, Ontario (July 14, 2014) – The Humane Society of Durham Region (HSDR) is undertaking an extensive project to improve the lives of the animals in their care and needs the help of the community.


“Our goal is to bring the HSDR in line with recently enacted guidelines for Canadian Standards of Care in Animal Shelters.” says Executive Director, Barbara Steinhoff.


Over the next six to eight weeks, improvements will be made to animal housing to provide larger enclosures, procedural and protocol changes will be implemented to improve sanitation, capacity planning and management for improvement of animal health and wellbeing, major repairs that are required to the facility’s geo-thermal and air quality control systems, and implementation of building security systems to improve safety for the animals, staff and volunteers.


Thanks to our management services agreement with Toronto Humane Society and after a record-breaking adoption event earlier this month, the animals that are currently in our care will be transferred to foster homes and the Toronto Humane Society to ensure a safe and comfortable environment, with enhanced opportunities for adoption over the term of this project.  During the renovations, the 1505 Wentworth Street shelter will be closed to the public, but will continue to assist individuals who need to surrender their animals. Individuals requiring assistance with animal surrender should continue to call 905-665-7430.


“We always strive to ensure the shortest possible stay for each and every animal that enters into our shelter, but while they are waiting for their new forever home, they deserve the best care we can possibly provide. We need the community to help us raise the $75,000 that is needed to fund this project” says Steinhoff.


Donations can be made by texting HSDR to 20222 to donate $10 through your mobile device, online at or by mail to:

Humane Society of Durham Region

1505 Wentworth Street,

Whitby, Ontario

L1T 3T6


To report suspected animal cruelty, please call 310-SPCA (7722), or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), your local Ontario SPCA Branch, Affiliated Humane Society or police.


For more information contact:

Barbara Steinhoff

Executive Director

Humane Society of Durham Region

Mobile – 647-938-9053