The new Chatham-Kent Animal Shelter is a $100,000 closer to its goal thanks to a donation from the Ridge Landfill Community Trust. Friends of the new Animal Shelter committee co-chair Art Stirling accepts a cheque from Ridge Landfill Community Trust, Julie MacDonald and Waste Connections Canada, Cathy Smith and Wes Belanger.
This donation has come at a perfect time according to Lynn McGeachy Schultz, Project Coordinator for the new facility. The capital campaign is still underway with $250,000 outstanding. The Friends group is confident that this can happen with donations like the one made today.
The Trust was created to support needs in Blenheim and the surrounding area.
This project benefits our area of concern as well as allowing it to address the needs of the entire Municipality when built. It seemed like a great investment according to Julie MacDonald who was present representing the Trust. We believe that we have a role to support community needs and this project gave us the opportunity to do so said Cathy Smith, Project Manager for the Landfill expansion.
Lynn McGeachy Schultz, Project Coordinator for the new facility, said the group has raised $1.25 million of the $1.5 million needed to build the new shelter.
The shelter is being built adjacent to the current facility on Park Ave, Chatham. That building has outlived its usefulness. When completed, the new shelter will be a valuable asset to the community.
McGeachy Schultz said she was thrilled with the Ridge Landfill Community Trust donation. “This is an excellent example of how corporate and community groups can support long standing needs and at the same time build for the future. The dream of a new shelter to care for animals within the Municipality will be a reality.”
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