Influx of Spontaneous Giving to Our Pet Project

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PETERBOROUGH, ON (August 2, 2022)
As the Peterborough Humane Society (PHS) works toward completion of the new Peterborough Animal Care Centre, the organization has seen a welcomed influx of impromptu community support and is hoping for even more response in the coming months as construction of the Centre enters its final phase

Bob and Betty
Bob & Betty

Bob & Betty Burgess came into the shelter one day to donate blankets and towels. Later, staff were delighted to discover the Burgess’ had also silently included an envelope with a cheque for $10,000. Betty’s love for animals prompted them to donate after downsizing and selling their home. “We thought the extra money we got from the sale of our house could help more animals” shared Bob. The couple have 2 rescue cats of their own and were known for caring for many other cats in their community.

Gary & Ferne and Teddy the Cat
Gary & Ferne and Teddy the Cat

Gary and Ferne Earle contributed for a similar reason. “Our love for animals is what motivated us to give. When we saw the ‘Our Pet Project’ ads on television we saw an opportunity to celebrate the work that the Humane Society does for animals.” explained Ferne, “Companion animals have brought a lot of love into our home, many times they gave us peace and serenity. The Humane Society does great work and we were fortunate enough to be able to give. We hope more people donate to help out these animals in need!” The couple who have been married for over 57 years phoned into the Shelter and donated $20,000. With generations of their family adopting rescue dogs and cats, they knew their money would greatly aid in the care for the animals at PHS.


Amanda and Coco the Dog
Amanda and Coco the Dog

Amanda Ferguson, a Registered Veterinary Technician is also passionate about animal welfare, and knowing that the Peterborough Humane Society is growing, thought it was a great time to help and chose to donate $1,000 online. “My donation was made in memory of our late dogs, Coco and Jagger. I currently work as Practice Manager at Rice Lake Animal Hospital, where the entire team is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of animals big and small, and look forward to seeing the great work that PHS does continue to grow when in their new home.” said Amanda.

“The spontaneity of community giving has been noticed and is extremely appreciated. The impact these gifts have no matter the size, supports the tireless work our dedicated team provides to care for animals in our community and beyond, and will also help immensely with building our new home where we can assist more animals, and provide game changing opportunities for animals and their humans. We need more community support like this to help us reach our goal and start the next chapter in animal wellness at our new Centre.” appealed Shawn Morey, Executive Director of the Peterborough Humane Society

“Giving can be as easy as going online, calling or walking in! We encourage everyone to stand up, come together for animal welfare, and make this their pet project!”


For more information on Our Pet Project and the Peterborough Animal Care Centre, visit 

Media Contact: Kassie Graham, Marketing & Communications Coordinator | cell: 705.872.1648

Donations Contact: Shawna Boudreau, Manager of Donor Relations | cell: 705.760.4451