$208,000 legacy gift supports Peterborough Humane Society’s new animal care center – Peterborough

The Peterborough Humane Society said a recent bequest of $208,000 would support its fundraising campaign for the new animal care center.

The company said Linda Jean Forth’s estate made the donation to support the “Our Pet Project” fundraising campaign for the $10 million pet care center being built on Technology Drive. Construction of the 24,000 square foot facility began in May 2021 to replace the aging and cramped Humane Society shelter at Lansdowne Center.

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The new center will include a provincial canine rehabilitation center, an adoption and education center, a sterilization clinic and offices. The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022.

Floyd Storring, executor, said Forth was a mechanical engineer who “headed” Georgian College’s technology department for 35 years. He noted that Forth was a “pure animal lover” through her travels through Europe, Asia, South America and Africa, including rock climbing to see rare silverback gorillas. .

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“Rather than giving gifts at Christmas, we would receive notes saying we were adoptive parents of an elephant or a tiger,” Storring said in a statement to The Humane Society.

“There was obviously something she saw in your organization to justify her including you in her will and supporting the incredible work that your organization is doing.”

The design of a new animal care center to be built on Technology Drive in Peterborough.

Peterborough Humane Society

Shawn Morey, executive director of the Humane Society, said he was honored by Forth’s generosity.

“We are honored to recognize Linda, her love for animals and her contribution to animal welfare through our new center,” he said. “This donation to the center will not only change the lives of the animals in our care, but also our entire community and beyond.

“Legacy donations are an incredible way to leave a lasting impact, and we are truly grateful to be part of Linda’s legacy. Her passion for animals will live on for generations through this gift.

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To date, more than $8 million has been raised for the project, the Humane Society reports on its website.

Construction continues on the new Peterborough Humane Society Animal Care Center on Technology Drive.

Peterborough Humane Society

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