Parrott Foundation provides compassionate support for the Animal Care and Adoption Centre for Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.
“It takes heart”, said Donna Endicott, Chair of the Quinte Humane Society Board of Directors. “This special gift from the John M. and Bernice Parrott Foundation is an example of the kind of support needed to turn the worst animal shelter building in the Province into a proper home for our animals in need, volunteers, professional staff and to be the pride of our community.
The Quinte Humane Society has just received an amazing gift of $400,000 from the Parrott Foundation. This gift will be directed towards the realization of Phase One, the Animal Care and Adoption Centre.
“The Board of the Foundation is delighted to be able to contribute to this much needed and very important community project,” declared, Lyle Vanclief, President of the Parrott Foundation. “We certainly applaud the Cities of Belleville and Quinte West for their leadership, which inspired the Directors of Foundation. Public & Media Announcement May 18th , 2021 - For Immediate Release In this same spirit, we also urge the Ontario and Federal governments to do the same. This is truly about creating and helping both ends of the leash for the Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.”
Given the urgency to relocate the animals, volunteers and caregivers, coupled with the lack of participation and funding from the provincial and federal governments to date, the Quinte Humane Society had to make the decision to move forward with a three phase approach:
Phase One: Animal Care and Adoption Centre with a Community Mobile Clinic
12,000 sq ft, $5 million budget
Phase Two: Community and Education Centre
2,500 sq ft (budget and timing to be determined)
Phase Three: On-site Veterinary Clinic
2,000 sq ft (budget and timing to be determined)
“This special gift from the Parrott Foundation is truly exceptional and we sincerely appreciate that such a prominent community organization has recognized this urgent need and endorsed our commitment to realizing Phase One and the Community Mobile Clinic,” added Endicott. “Along with our gratitude to the Directors for fulfilling the philanthropic wishes of the late John and Bernice Parrott, we also extend our thanks to the Cities of Belleville, Quinte West, as well as to all those who have, and will, contribute to making Phase One possible.”
Although it has secured $3.1 million, the Humane Society still has $2 million to raise before it can open the doors to the new Animal Care and Adoption Centre and encourages everyone to consider making a gift. “It just takes heart”.