rely on local veterinary services to provide animal shelter services for a maximum of three days, as required by Law.
There are hundreds of abused, abandoned, lost or injured animals in our area that require quality care and shelter every year. Many of these animals find their way to the Georgian Bay Animal Rescue (GBAR) formerly the Collingwood and District Humane Society, in operation since 1999 without a shelter; only foster homes, and a 24-hour crisis line to care for these animals. The southern Georgian Bay area is experiencing relatively high population growth. This large geographic area now serves a population of over 100,000 people. With increased population comes an associated increase in the demand for domestic animal control and housing. Municipalities are experiencing new pressures from residents to effectively deal with lost, stray and abandoned domestic animals (dogs, cats and small animals. GBAR has grown to protect and care for almost 300 animals in 2007, with all dogs and 168 cats being successfully adopted. All the services of GBAR are provided by dedicated volunteers.
Serving 5 Municipalities from Meaford, Town of the Blue Mountains, Collingwood, Clearview Township including Stayner and Creemore, to Wasaga Beach, the goal of the GBAR is to rescue stray, abandoned, neglected, abused, injured and unwanted domestic animals. It also provides support in the rescue of injured wildlife by assisting in their transport to rehabilitation centres. In addition, the new facility will allow GBAR to provide educational aspects of animal care to the community through volunteer opportunities and visits by schools and civic organizations.
The overall goal of GBAR is to build and operate a modern “No Kill” shelter facility where animals will receive compassionate care and medical treatment, including vaccination and spay/neuter, as needed, prior to adoption. It strives to place animals in loving forever homes as quickly as possible, by a well documented adoption process and promote responsible pet ownership including spaying and neutering to help alleviate pet overpopulation.
Effective upon the opening of the new facility, our municipalities will discontinue present animal sheltering arrangements and enter into agreements with GBAR to provide animal shelter services. The towns will continue to employ animal control personnel to provide regular patrol, call response and pick up services. Once picked up, animals will be taken to the new facility for sheltering and to receive veterinary care that may be required. Any stray animals picked up by members of the public may also be brought to the new shelter. For this service, the towns will reimburse GBAR in accordance with agreements signed by each town.
Making the dream a reality
Kindness to animals builds a better world for us all
Within the heart of every stray lies the singular desire to be loved
Donations of any amount are most welcome, and can be mailed to: GBAR, P.O. Box 492, Collingwood, ON, L9Y 4B2; or visit GBAR online to donate with a credit card. People can also contribute through the 'Buy a Brick, Lend a Paw' Campaign: $100 buys a 'brick', with a commemorative plaque. However people choose to participate, every penny will be used for the sole purpose of completing the shelter building. Help those that cannot help themselves.