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‘We really need to keep Loyalist Humane going’: shelter president

Loyalist Humane Society president Gail Robinson wasn’t looking for money from council, but did want the municipality to know the shelter is doing a good job, and would gladly accept any assistance should it be offered.

Robinson spoke to council Tuesday night in response to a quarter million dollar funding request heard earlier this month from Belleville’s Quinte Humane Society toward its campaign for its $10 million new shelter.

The County’s facility – run by some 35 volunteers – cared for 525 cats last year, along with 18 rabbits and four dogs. There were 326 adoptions from society located at 1297 County Road 4.

Asked to clarify the working relationship between the two societies, Robinson was cordial, but purposely vague, noting they have helped each other on occasion in the past and would do so going forward if needed, keeping relationships open.

Several councillors noted receiving telephone calls from citizens concerned about supporting the Belleville operation.

“We are an independent group. We do a lot of fundraising and have excellent support in the County,” said Robinson. “We get a lot of bequests and we have been self-sufficient. We really need to keep the Loyalist Humane Society going.”

In response to questions, Robinson stated the County once supported Loyalist Humane with assistance toward garbage costs, “I think $500 or $1,000, but it became too much.”

She also wanted council to know Loyalist Humane accepts all cats – even those with behaviour problems.

“We don’t euthanize anybody… Everybody gets a chance to live.”

There were no funds allocated to the Quinte Humane Society in the 2019 budget.

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  1. Gary Mooney says:

    Gail Robinson wasn’t asking for money from Council. LHS is extremely effective in fundraising, and doesn’t need a handout from the County.

    It appears that she made a deputation simply to remind Council that LHS exists, and if they are going to hand out money, they should consider LHS before QHS.

  2. M Gallagher says:

    Council really needs to support the LHS and especially make sure there is some remuneration to Ann who is very experienced and professional and who devotes her life to this with very little if any remuneration. Not fair.

  3. Mark says:

    We all need to step up to the plate, public and municipal and build LHS a respectable shelter. I was shocked we charge for garbage pickup, which would be substantial. This incredible group of volunteers carry on everyday and have asked for nothing. They are a special organization within this comunity.

  4. Maggie Haylock says:

    It’s time council stepped up to the plate and gave some support to the LHS. It is a very deserving organization with no paid employees and no source of funding other than donations. There is a spirit of love and hope within this shelter. The volunteers are amazing and manager Ann Moffatt loves and cares for each and every cat as if it were her own. This shelter could be a model for others in Ontario. The county should be very proud to have it.

  5. Paul Cole says:

    I agree Mrs. Robinson and the Volunteers of the Loyalist Humane Society provide a great service to the People and Pets of Prince Edward County…

  6. Barb Wallace says:

    Council should definitely support the LHS to show we value the care they provide. They do not euthanize as other ‘Humane’ Societies do, and their volunteers are tireless. Many of us support them with our own donations but it should be supported at a County level.

  7. Argyle says:

    Kudo’s Gail Robinson, volunteers and Loyalist Humane Society. Council needs to step up and support this group and facility for providing this critical service to PEC. Any and all funding should be directed locally, not over the bridge.

  8. Julie Eldridge says:

    Thanks so much to the Humane Society for all the wonderful things they do for the animals that enter their care. I wish that our council would thank them as well, by giving them even a token budget line to indicate that we as a community value their contribution!

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