February 15, 2023 – London is now one step closer to a much-needed new home for Humane Society London & Middlesex (HSLM) thanks to a significant commitment made official at yesterday’s City Council meeting.
A $3M grant from the City of London will be directed toward HSLM’s new Old Oak Animal Campus, which will be constructed at 1414 Dundas St.
The substantial boost in funding brings the capital campaign to 76% completion, with a fall 2024 move-in date still in the plans.
“This is a milestone moment in the history of HSLM,” says Steve Ryall, Executive Director of Humane Society London & Middlesex. “Having received such tremendous support from our municipality is incredible. It certainly is encouraging to know that our City is championing our cause.”
Ryall thanks Council Members for being engaged throughout the funding request process. “Council was active during the last several months, spending time with the team here at the current shelter on Clarke Rd, learning about the critical limitations we face today and becoming informed of our plans for the future. Their commitment was appreciated.”
Once complete, Old Oak Animal Campus will not only provide twice as much sheltering space for animals in need but will have an onsite Education Centre and Companion Animal Hospital (vet clinic), to help London meet industry standards that are seen at other humane societies across the country.
With additional funding still required to make the new facility a reality, Ryall encourages all members of the community to play an active role. “If you haven’t yet been to the current facility for a tour, I invite you to schedule a tour and become informed. Take the time to learn why our situation is so urgent, and consider how you can help.”
For more information, please contact: Meghan Cocurullo, Director of Fund Development 519-451-0630 x303 or firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with Steve Ryall, Executive Director.
ABOUT HUMANE SOCIETY LONDON & MIDDLESEX
Humane Society London & Middlesex was established as a non-profit, charitable organization in 1899 and exists to improve the lives of animals in our community by providing temporary shelter and appropriate new families for surrendered animals. Our mission is to lead London & Middlesex in building a humane and compassionate community for all animals.