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Animal shelter welcomes people back for holiday tradition

The local shelter has a wish list, and there's lots of ways to give to the GTHS this seson
The Georgian Triangle Humane Society annually hosts a holiday open house, and will welcome guests back next month.

The Georgian Triangle Humane Society is inviting people back into its animal shelter for the annual holiday open house. 

The local shelter announced its excitement for the return of their holiday tradition, extending an open invitation to the community for shelter tours and meet-and-greet with animals up for adoptions, and festive treats (for people). The open house takes place Dec. 8 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

“This event is one of our favourites of the year, so we are thrilled to welcome the community back to the animal centre again after our three-year hiatus," said GTHS Executive Director Sonya Reichel, in a news release. "We look forward to taking a moment to thank our community for the extraordinary support that they show us every single day. We celebrate the lives we have saved and the stories that have touched our hearts." 

The open house is also the official kick-off for the annual supply and food drive. The shelter has an urgent and ongoing need for cash donations to cover costs, and other is a wish list of food and supplies needed for the shelter available at

The shelter is also participating in Giving Tuesday (Nov. 29) with a campaign highlighting the work of the shelter and spreading awareness that operational costs are all raised through sponsorships and donations, not government funding. 

“This Giving Tuesday we want the community to be aware of the work we do," stated Reichel in a news release. "Our primary mission is to help homeless animals in need, however, our work extends to people in need, as we believe that this is a critical step towards building a humane community. Numerous studies have shown the benefits to humans from animal companionship. Our pet support services programs, which includes emergency medical assistance as well as our pet pantry, exist to assist loving families to keep their pet in their home, which is in the best interest of the animal and the community. The need for these services has never been more important, especially in today’s economic climate. Food and housing insecurity, unfortunately, impacts pets too.”

There's a third way to support the shelter right now. Collingwood Brewery has made "Happy Tails Ale," a special brew meant to pour more support into the local shelter. Designed as a partnership between the local brewery and the animal shelter, with a portion of proceeds being donated to the shelter, the themed-beer launched last December, and is now also in LCBO stores. 

Some of the proceeds from the sale of Collingwood Brewery's Happy Tails ale goes to support the Georgian Triangle Humane Society. . Contributed photo