Humane Society of Durham Region formally joins the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society to combine the organizations

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Whitby, ON (August 3, 2022) – The Humane Society of Durham Region (HSDR) is pleased to announce that it is formally joining the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society to combine the organizations. This is a step to strengthen and grow the programs and community support services provided by the HSDR to help animals and the families who love them.

For years the Humane Society of Durham Region and the Ontario SPCA have worked collaboratively to support animals. The HSDR will continue to operate with the same dedicated staff and volunteers. The Humane Society of Durham Region’s name will remain the same and it will continue to work out of its current Wentworth Street location.

The HSDR has provided support for animals in the Region of Durham for over 30 years. The needs of the community continue to rise and the HSDR is committed to addressing those needs. The animals in this community remain the top priority of the HSDR, which is here to support pets and their families when they need it most.

New to the organization, the HSDR will now have access to provincial resources and administrative support through the Ontario SPCA. This will allow the HSDR to increase its capacity to care for vulnerable animals and meet the increasing needs of the community.

The Board of Directors of the HSDR are committed to the organization and addressing animal welfare needs. Current HSDR Board Chair Len Butticci, and Board Director Larry Wilder, DVM, will now sit as members of the Ontario SPCA Board of Directors, providing a voice for this region and beyond.

“The Humane Society of Durham Region’s Board of Directors believes in the mission of the organization and is excited that we can lead our Society to this new level of support for the region,” says Len Butticci, Board Chair, Humane Society of Durham Region. “The Board will continue to assist the HSDR by providing ongoing volunteer support. As chair of the HSDR board, I am pleased to now sit on the Ontario SPCA Board of Directors with another HSDR Board Director Larry Wilder, DVM. Together we will provide a voice for our region and beyond.”

“This is a significant and meaningful milestone for the Humane Society of Durham Region,” says Danielle Johnson, Operations Manager, Humane Society of Durham Region. “It’s a step forward for the HSDR and for animal welfare support for the Durham community. Our team is excited for the future and to have access to these great resources.”

“The Humane Society of Durham Region staff and volunteers are doing a wonderful job providing care and resources to the animals of Durham Region. The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is pleased to work together to offer support to leverage and continue expanding their programs and community support services,” says Doug Brooks, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society.

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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

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society Provincial Office sits on the traditional territory of the Wendat, the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississaugas of Scugog, Hiawatha and Alderville First Nations and the Métis Nation. This territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. The treaties that were signed for this particular parcel of land are collectively referred to as the Williams Treaties of 1923.


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