Construction begins on the site of the Ontario SPCA’s Provincial Dog Rehabilitation Centre

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Construction begins on the site of the Ontario SPCA’s Provincial DoRehabilitation Centre 

24,000 sq. ft. complex in partnership with Peterborough Humane Society includes a regional spay/neuter clinic and an adoption and education centre 

Peterborough, ON (May 6, 2021) – In partnership with the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society, the Peterborough Humane Society is set to break ground to build a new facility that will be the first of its kind in Canada devoted to advancing the well-being of animals across the province and beyond.

Sitting on 20 acres, the unique space will bring together three facilities under one roof at 1999 Technology Drin Peterborough. The Peterborough Animal Care Centre will be home to the Peterborough Humane Society’s Adoption & Education Centre, a publicly accessible Spay/Neuter Clinic and a Provincial Dog Rehabilitation Centre, in partnership with the Ontario SPCA. 

The Provincial Dog Rehabilitation Centre will be custom built to help dogs who need more support and individualized care than an animal centre can provide. It will contain a number of unique features, including hydrotherapy equipment such as an underwater treadmill for physical rehabilitation and exercise.  

The Spay/Neuter Clinic will bring a greatly needed service to Central and Eastern Ontario through providing publicly accessible spay/neuter surgeries. The on-site clinic will allow up to 25 animals per day (over 5,000 per year) to receive their spay/neuter surgery. 

“To see shovels in the ground is a cause for celebration as it means we are one step closer to making this state-of-the-art animal wellness facility a reality,” says Daryl Vaillancourt, Chief, Humane Programs & Community Outreach, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. “This unique partnership with the Peterborough Humane Society is a major step forward for animals, particularly dogs who have experienced challenges that we can help them overcome at this new facility.” 

“After almost a decade of planning, we are ecstatic to announce we are breaking ground!” says Shawn Morey, Executive Director, Peterborough Humane Society. “This new purpose-built facility will not only serve our community through providing accessible spay/neuter services, but also allow the animals under our care to experience less hurdles in getting healthier and happier, thereby setting them up to meet their new family that much sooner.” 

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Emily Craigen 

Communications & Development Coordinator, Peterborough Humane Society   |   cell: 705.768.2684 


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The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society  

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is a registered charity, established in 1873. The Society and its network of communities facilitate and provide for province-wide leadership on matters relating to the prevention of cruelty to animals and the promotion of animal well-being. Offering a variety of mission-based programs, including community-based sheltering, animal wellness services, provincial animal transfers, shelter health & wellness, high-volume spay/neuter services, animal rescue, animal advocacy, Indigenous partnership programs and humane education, the Ontario SPCA is Ontario’s animal charity. 

The Peterborough Humane Society 

Established in 1941, the Peterborough Humane Society (PHS) is a registered charity that advocates for the welfare of animals by rescuing lost, stray and homeless pets throughout Peterborough County. It is an Open Admission for Life Centre and the largest animal shelter in Peterborough County, facilitating 1000 adoptions each year. All animals in their care receive veterinary care, vaccinationsmicrochipping, and are spayed/neutered prior to being adopted. PHS does not receive any government or institutional funding for their operations and relies on generous donations from the community.