The Regina Humane Society will build a new animal care center

Since 1964, the Regina Humane Society (RHS) has called North Regina home. On Thursday, the RHS opened an innovative new animal community center in Harbor Landing.

“We’re not building a traditional animal center,” executive director Lisa Koch said. “You will be able to see the stark contrast and what it will mean for animals and humans.

“Our current facility is collapsing around us. We’re spending money just trying to keep the lights on and the doors open with the current conditions we have.

The RHS Animal Community Center will provide a safe haven for homeless pets, a home adoption gallery and education center as well as expanded veterinary services.

“It will be a game-changer for animal health and welfare,” Koch said.

The total cost of the project is $28 million, with most of the bill being footed by donors. Sylvia Aumuller passed away in 2009. Animal welfare, especially cats, was her passion. RHS honored his estate gift of $1.4 million by naming the adoption atrium in his name.

“She would be thrilled and so happy that this day has finally come,” said Sylvia’s niece, Paula Duguid. “It would have been nice for her to see the installation.”

“It would comfort her to know how well human society will be able to treat and care for animals,” said nephew Ken Karwandy.

The City of Regina also joined the partnership, funding 46% of the new facility. Mayor Sandra Masters called the relationship between the RHS and the city a long one.

“For a very long time, the current facility was somewhat inaccessible to the community,” she said. “So bringing the connection back into the community is worth the investment and we look forward to greater engagement with the community and human society and these animals.”

“It takes a whole village to bring a project of this scale to life,” Koch said. “We were founded by our community and it has always been there for us.”

To date, the project has secured just over $24 million in funding, leaving approximately $4 million to raise. RHS hopes to have the center open and operational by June 2023.

The new facility will be located at 4900 Parliament Avenue.

Benjamin M. Yerger