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Fire at the Durham Humane Society (Ontario)

Chris21711
December 17th, 2008, 10:13 AM
There are conflicting reports as to how many animals did perish, nevertheless it was a great tragedy:
http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/555274

http://newsdurhamregion.com/news/article/115689

Diamondsmum
December 17th, 2008, 10:25 AM
i just read this:candle::rip: kittys & dogs

hazelrunpack
December 17th, 2008, 10:43 AM
omd, I can't even read it. :sad: There was a fire at the Chippewa County Humane Society a few years ago and it was just too heartbreaking... :cry:

Chris21711
December 17th, 2008, 10:46 AM
Ever since Ethel told me the news earlier this morning, I just feel sick to my stomach :sad:

luckypenny
December 17th, 2008, 11:23 AM
How tragic :sad:.

NoahGrey
December 17th, 2008, 12:18 PM
This is tragic news. RIP Kitty and small animals.

Since Durham is an afficiate of the OSPCA, I wonder how much of Head Office (OSPCA) will be helping out? I don't mean to bash the OSPCA, but afficiates are seen differently in Head Office's eyes.



ACO22

Love4himies
December 17th, 2008, 12:22 PM
What a heartbreak :cry: I only hope it was over quickly for those poor kitties :sad:

:rip: sweeties :candle:

ancientgirl
December 17th, 2008, 12:22 PM
Oh my gosh, I'm sorry I even read this. Those poor babies.:sad:

Chris21711
December 17th, 2008, 01:04 PM
This is tragic news. RIP Kitty and small animals.

Since Durham is an afficiate of the OSPCA, I wonder how much of Head Office (OSPCA) will be helping out? I don't mean to bash the OSPCA, but afficiates are seen differently in Head Office's eyes.



ACO22

Go ahead and bash, most affiliates do, the OSPCA is not their Head Office though. For your information Senior inspectors were there this morning.

Chris21711
December 17th, 2008, 01:17 PM
http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_30193.aspx

NoahGrey
December 17th, 2008, 01:23 PM
Go ahead and bash,most affiliates do,.

And sadly we have a right too.

the OSPCA is not their Head Office though.

When it comes to their investigations depart they are, however when it comes to their policys and proceduers, affliates can do as they please. They do however try and follow most Head Office's rules, policys, etc.

ACO22

Chris21711
December 17th, 2008, 01:35 PM
And sadly we have a right too.

Really :confused: Perhaps you could enlighten me, I have always failed to understand the animosity between the affiliates and the OSPCA. Especially since they share a common goal.

When it comes to their investigations depart they are, however when it comes to their policys and proceduers, affliates can do as they please. They do however try and follow most Head Office's rules, policys, etc.

ACO22

If the affiliates try to follow HO's rules and regulations that is entirely their prerogative.

14+kitties
December 17th, 2008, 01:35 PM
:candle::rip: poor sweet babies :sad: :candle:

NoahGrey
December 17th, 2008, 02:02 PM
If the affiliates try to follow HO's rules and regulations that is entirely their prerogative.

Yeah i know that, I was just stating that they do.

You are right about sharing a common goal, however Head Office treats Affiates like crap. When you need them, they are not there, and even sadly there have been a few cases when cruelty cases is involved.

ACO22

krdahmer
December 17th, 2008, 04:15 PM
:cry:I heard this today while I was filling out paperwork at the foot doctor... just about started sobbing right then and there, needless to say it was a teary drive home... :sad: :rip: beautiful kitties, :pray: you didn't suffer. And they have the greatest of all homes for the holidays. :angel2::candle:

chico2
December 17th, 2008, 04:22 PM
I cannot read it,just thinking of the horror of caged animals and fire,is enough to make your heart sink:cry:
Poor babies:cry:

dogcatharmony
December 17th, 2008, 04:35 PM
:sad: very very sad........and to top it off when looking at the story from the one link from the Star....the dill hole who left the comment at the bottom of the story......so very very sad indeed.

happycats
December 17th, 2008, 05:27 PM
OMG this is just horrible news!!! they have been trying for a long time to find a new place, as this one was old and falling apart. The sad part is they were offered a much nicer building in a nicer place but the city of Oshawa would not allow it......zoning issues they said !! Shame on the city of Oshawa :mad:

RIP sweet little ones :candle:

meg4050
December 17th, 2008, 05:34 PM
:rip: poor little guys :sad:

happycats
December 17th, 2008, 06:00 PM
they are tying to raise money see here. http://oshawa.kijiji.ca/c-community-volunteers-Help-Desperately-Needed-Humane-Society-Wiped-out-by-Fire-W0QQAdIdZ94835922

I think I will donate money on behalf of my guys instead of buying them Christmas presents, If my guys could talk I'm sure it would be what they would want:) .

otter
December 17th, 2008, 06:56 PM
OMG... I can't even read the story.:sad::sad::sad:

I was around in the days when the Midland shelter burned down, sounds like a similar situation in Durham with an old building. After the fire I just couldn't go back :cry:

dbg10
December 19th, 2008, 02:39 PM
How sad for all the animals who lossed their lives, may they RIP :rip:
:pray: Also for the volunteers and staff who have lost their friends :angel2: in this horrible fire. What a tragic loss :sad:

I listened on Wednesday night to Ruby and Joanne on CP24 TalkTV describing the horror and talking about the problems they've had with the shelter. As far as I heard today the probable cause of the fire was a problem with the electrical wires. They had been looking for a new home for the shelter for quite some time while putting up with the current shelter falling apart:
http://www.humanedurham.com/new_building.html

I pray that someone who loves animals and has land or a building in Durham, comes forward now so they can continue the work they do in better surroundings than they've had. :candle:

:lightbulb: Apparently the pictures with Santa are still being held this weekend at Vandemeer Nursery at 588 Lakeridge Rd in Ajax, with all proceeds going to the Durham Humane Society.

Also the Iams Superdogs Show is being held at General Motors Centre - Oshawa, Ontario on December 30, 2008 http://www.generalmotorscentre.com/ with some of the proceeds from ticket sales and also from Iams going to the Durham Humane Society as well.

If anyone lives near Ajax and hasn't had their "Picture with Santa" this year and the storm slows down by tomorrow or Sunday, it might be an idea to visit Vandemeer's with your four legged friend and get their picture taken with Santa. I feel anything we can do as individuals will help them recover from their huge loss.:fingerscr :pray:

Chris21711
December 19th, 2008, 02:54 PM
In the Toronto Star this morning they stated that it was probably caused by mice chewing on wires. They also revised the number of of cats that perished to 100 :rip:

In yesterday's T.Star it was stated that the Humane Society had found another building but that the Municipality of Oshawa would not allow the re-zoning.

Once again politics stood in the way :frustrated:

Melinda
December 19th, 2008, 03:28 PM
how can you not send in a donation??? Hubs was giving me some money to shove in my xmas sock, we sent it to them instead, doesn't matter how big or small a donation is, they can use it all and it adds up quickly!

dbg10
December 19th, 2008, 03:28 PM
Thanks for the correction and update. I heard they were negotiating with the Town of Whitby for some property and I think they are still working on that.

On CP24 the other night they mentioned the zoning problems that a shelter has because it needs Special Zoning because of the animals and it was hard to find a place that could be re-zoned to allow for animals to live there 24/7. Most industrial units aren't zoned properly for their purposes according to what they said on TalkTV and they can't be re-zoned because they have to have the entire industrial complex re-zoned and the other owners/tenants all have to agree on the re-zoning. They also said when they were negotiating with the City of Oshawa, they had to get the agreement of all the potential neighbours and they were unable to get it from everyone involved and that's why the deal fell through with the City of Oshawa on that particular property. It seems that there are many people who don't want animals housed beside their business :wall: :evil:

Frenchy
December 19th, 2008, 08:39 PM
I think I will donate money on behalf of my guys instead of buying them Christmas presents, If my guys could talk I'm sure it would be what they would want:) .
How nice of you happycats :grouphug:
In the Toronto Star this morning they stated that it was probably caused by mice chewing on wires.

:frustrated:

I'm so sorry for all the little fuzzbutts :sad: :rip: :candle:

Diamondsmum
December 19th, 2008, 09:44 PM
Our family will be making a donation in lieu of presents for our Jan 4th Dinner.

(Minumum donation is 20$) Theres about 45 people That will be attending.:cloud9:

chico2
December 20th, 2008, 07:37 AM
Diamondsmom,that's great!!!!
Just a dumb question,why not rebuild on the old location,or are they looking for an excisting building:confused:I realize they still need space for any animal needing help right now..:sad:
The money collected,will it be used for rebuilding:confused:since most of their animals perished:cry::cry:
Will the OSPCA help out??

Kashi
December 20th, 2008, 08:24 AM
Diamondsmom,that's great!!!!
Just a dumb question,why not rebuild on the old location,or are they looking for an excisting building:confused:I realize they still need space for any animal needing help right now..:sad:
The money collected,will it be used for rebuilding:confused:since most of their animals perished:cry::cry:
Will the OSPCA help out??

The old location was part of a strip mall that was quite old, and not in good repair.

It was also way too small for what the needed.

They've been looking for a new space for at least 2 years now, maybe more.

Sadly, it was just a matter of a few kilometers from where I live that this happened. VERY sad, indeed.

Maxine
December 20th, 2008, 10:35 AM
:rip: To all animals that perished, I read that the other day and I too felt sick to the stomach, it is really really sad news.

Diamondsmum
December 22nd, 2008, 09:49 AM
what a face (http://www.mediamash.ca/media/4819/Bailey%20survives%20devastating%20fire%20at%20anim al%20shelter/)

bailey is just beautiful!! I sooo want him he was tied to a tree outside that night & brought inside then 2 hours later the fire broke out.

Chris21711
December 22nd, 2008, 10:17 AM
I saw that little guy in the Toronto Star :lovestruck:

NoahGrey
December 22nd, 2008, 01:02 PM
RIP to all of the animals that passed.

ACO22

Diamondsmum
December 24th, 2008, 12:15 PM
New home for Humane Society (http://www.newsdurhamregion.com/news/article/116206)

OSHAWA -- The Humane Society will soon have a solid footing to stand on as local businesses pull together in a mighty effort to rebuild the shelter.

At least 22 businesses from across the region have agreed to chip in to provide time, materials and labour toward the project after last Wednesday's fireresulted in about $250,000 in damages.

"We've got a talented workforce and plenty of businesses that support the community so I thought we could just build it for them rather than have them go through all the aggravation of trying to find the money," said Oshawa resident Melissa Godley-Kingdon, who laid the foundation for the plans by putting a request out to the companies.

Ms. Godley-Kingdon and her husband, Don, owner of DK Contracting in Oshawa, have captured the interest of various businesses -- Millwork, Osso Electric and United Lumber Home Hardware among them -- offering plumbing, roofing, painting and other means of support for the cause.

The couple currently own two cats they rescued from ending up on the streets and felt the situation was dire enough to request community assistance.

"In times of need, especially now when Oshawa is going through such uncertainty, donations are hard to come by so it's nice that we can just pitch in and work together," Ms. Godley-Kingdon said. "The building needs to be put back up as soon as possible obviously. There's never not a need for animals to go to a shelter."

The next step will be to secure land for the project and officials from the City of Oshawa and Town of Whitby are currently looking into available properties.

"The one thing that's holding us up right now is the land but it's great to know that we have the people in place willing to help when we have it," said shelter manager Ruby Richards, adding that staff and volunteers have agreed not to return to the original building at 199 Waterloo St., where more than 150 cats, three dogs and other small animals perished in the blaze.

"None of us could ever handle going back to the place where all these animals died."

Ms. Richards said many of the workers are struggling to cope with the loss but the support from the community has contributed immensely to the healing process.

"We 're grieving just as if it were our pets that passed away," she said. "It's been harder for some than others but all we can do is focus on getting through the pain and make a fresh start."

All but two of the animals that survived the fire -- 10 dogs, two cats and one rat -- have been adopted and staff are busy arranging for temporary accommodations until the new building goes up.

The Humane Society will start the new year by functioning out of three different locations with its office headquarters based at the Oshawa Civic Auditorium and animals receiving care at either the animal services site or in warehouse space offered by a former board member.

If any businesses are interested in joining the construction effort, please contact Ms. Godley at 905-240-2073 or by e-mail at mgodley1972@yahoo.com.

i think this is awesome news!

NoahGrey
December 24th, 2008, 12:35 PM
Great article. It is nice to see people supporting animal issues as well. Usually it is the animals that are forgotten.

I was watching BT televison a few weeks ago and they were going on and on about the Salvation Army. I emailed the show, asking if they could get it out that animal shelters need support too during the holiday season. Sadly, they didn't mention it.

ACO22

chico2
December 24th, 2008, 03:45 PM
DM,that's great news,thank's for the update,at least something good came out of this terrible tragedy:cat::pawprint:

Chris21711
December 24th, 2008, 03:52 PM
Thanks for the update DM.

I hope that the authorities don't take forever in sorting out the formalities.

dbg10
December 24th, 2008, 06:14 PM
What fantastic news :thumbs up It is very good to hear that at this time of year and with all the talk of recession especially for Oshawa that these businesses have found it in their hearts to help the animals in Durham Region. We can only hope that the politicians in Oshawa and Whitby also can help with passing the zoning regulations for a new piece of land.

Merry Christmas to all especially to the animals who are defenseless inhabitants of this planet. :D

shinydog
December 30th, 2008, 09:09 PM
so tragic news:shrug:

dbg10
December 31st, 2008, 02:54 PM
I listened to "Animal Housecalls" last night on CP24 and a representatibve from the Durham Humane Society was on. Apparently they have had an incredible response to their request for help from the community to help build a new shelter. Many tradesmen have responded with promises of free building materials and labour once they have found a place for a new shelter. She also said there have been many donations received some from as far away as England. Ruby Richards called in to say that the one thing holding up the project is they have not found a property that is suitable and zoned properly. They have been looking primarily in Whitby and Ajax. The municipal governments of Whitby and Ajax are dragging their feet on rezoning any property that might be suitable. grrr

:lightbulb:I am not usually an activist but I wonder if the public got involved in a targeted email campaign/petition to get these politicians to seriously consider the problem and pass the zoning bylaws that would be necessary for a new suitable shelter property. I am not sure who these politicians are, but maybe someone here knows the names. If we get the names, we should be able to find the email addresses. Ruby mentioned that they had found a few suitable properties but they were not zoned properly and rezoning them was a problem. :(