Choosing New Animal Shelter Site

Chatham-Kent has yet to choose a site for a new animal shelter.

The contract and lease agreement with the OSPCA runs out in two years. The hope is to have a new site built and put out a Request For Proposals for an organization to do animal control for the entire municipality. However, it remains to be seen if that organization will be the OSPCA.

“The OSPCA is not able to commit the funds and resources needed for a new animal shelter at this time. It’s not the OSPCA’s intent to leave the Chatham-Kent area, however, if a new shelter is not available when the current animal control contract expires in two years, their presence in the community would possibly change,” says Manager of Licensing Services Nancy Havens. “The report recommends that council put together a committee structure that will be responsible for fundraising and prioritizing the shelter.”

The three sites up for debate include the current OSPCA location at 405 Park Ave. E., 50 Siemens Dr. and land in Harwich Township which is to be donated by Romoe Restorick. Chatham-Kent Council has decided not to take action until September.