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Simcoe and District Humane Society

Clarification of SDHS Proposal to Norfolk County Meeting Tuesday March 7 2017

Simcoe and District Humane Society put forth a proposal of services to Norfolk County as a reimbursement against the cost of spay or neuter, to help the stray population of felines (cats) in Norfolk County.

Whether wandering, strayed from home, lost, scared or yes feral, the proposal of Simcoe and District Humane Society would encompass ALL stray felines (cats).  Cats involved in the program would be those off the streets, in person's back yards, in farmer's barns or farmyards or in the parking lot of local businesses (not person's pets), those stray cats finding their way into local "rescues or shelters" or organizations or persons involved in TNR programs.

The Society's proposal included ALL persons in Norfolk County; farm owners or tenants, landowners or tenants, business owners, private citizens, ALL rescue groups or individuals involved in spayiing or neutering.

Anyone who spays or neuters a stray cat would be eligible for a $35 reimbursement: a little assistance and a little incentive to Spay Neuter Norfolk!

Simcoe and District Humane Society believes that if the designated $50,000 could be used as a reimbursement of $35 per spay/neuter surgery; there is an opportunity to help 1428 felines.

Spayed/neutered, healthy and adoptable animals would enter rehoming programs.  Many, once spayed/neutered would find their way into homes as behaviiour patterns would change.  Persons with farm/barn cats or feral colonies would have access to education on colony behaviour and health.

Simcoe and District Humane Society never mentioned once that the organization could perform the services of spay or neuter for $35.  There is no magical money to offset the cost of spay or neuter.  For those strays, sick injured and distressed who come through their doors, the society would need to fundraise and accept donations, just as it has for 64 years to provide the surgeries and cover the extra cost.

$35 was a reimbursement request not a service cost.

For those felines (cats) entering the Society's program, preparing for adoption and for those low-income households asking for the Society's assistance, the cost is closer to $135 for the basic care.  Basic Care included in the Society's feline (cat program is FIV/Felv virus testing, FVRCP (core vaccinations) and Feline Leukemia Vaccinations, Rabies Booster, spay/neuter surgery, microchip.

The Society expects daily additional cost of care for any medical treatment or surgery necessary for the well-being and health of the animal.  Animals are then rehomed through the Society's proven adoption program or returned to the low-income household.  As with any Shelter or Rescue, this expected cost of care is part of our mandate and daily operations.

Other rescues, shelters or individuals have proposed a reimbursement of $75 per feline (cat) spay or neuter to cover the cost of surgery and rabies vaccine;  Other cost are the responsibility of the rescue or shelter or individual looking after the animal.

Simcoe and District Humane Society appreciates everything everyone does for the well-being of all animals in Norfolk County, However, since 2004 it is known in the County that the Society has always been proactive in lowering the numbers of stray cats.  The Society has promoted and helped with spay/neuter surgeries, educating the public regarding positive pet ownership, and following guidelines to promote a healthy population and lower number of sick animals on the streets of Norfolk.

A $75 reimbursement would be amazing, as it would help the Society and other rescues with the cost of care covering a good portion if not all of the surgery cost; however, this limits the number of animals helped to only 667.

The Society would like to see more animals helped and will stand by their proposal.  We would ask the other groups rethink their proposal, spread the County's money further and help 761 more felines (cats) be spayed or neutered throught the County! Let's Spay Neuter Norfolk!

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Welcome to Simcoe and District Humane Society.

Vision Statement
“For all animals to be treated with compassion without the threat of ever being unwanted or abandoned and that they might live in a community where overpopulation of companion animals is diminished by humane intervention not euthanasia”.

Mission Statement
To inspire, provide and promote a healthy and protective environment for all animals of Norfolk County.

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The Society has been a part Norfolk County since 1953, looking after animals both large and small. 

Now located in the industrial section of Simcoe at 24 Grigg Drive, SDHS has a 3.5 acre property purchased from the County in 2004. 

In 2007, volunteers moved in to the temporary office and storage facility which was set up to assist foster homes and the public, however, the need in the community grew quickly and the space was soon transformed to house the overflow of small animals ... mainly those ready for adoption.

Volunteers work round the clock to provide a comfortable and healthy environment for all animals in care, whether their stay is at the shelter or in foster care. The goal is to prepare every animal for adoption into a loving and forever home.

There are no paid positions in Simcoe and District Humane Society and the Society relies on volunteers to raise funds, answer phones, work with the animals, and deal with the public.  If you are interested in helping the animals please visit our volunteer page or the information on fostering if you have time or space.

The Society relies strictly on fundraising efforts and donations from the community, not contracted or paid by any level of government or organization to do the work in the County.

Your donation is greatly appreciated and will help SDHS continue helping the animals.

All volunteers look forward to helping each animal find its forever family and will gladly introduce you to animals ready for adoption.

If you would like more information on adoption, volunteering or donating to the Society please contact us by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  During our very busy days, email is the best way to contact every volunteer.

You may also visit our contact us page for more information.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to meeting you at our next event or at the shelter!


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Special Pets in Care

It has been a busy and expensive first quarter for the Society. Since January 1 2016, over 175 cats and 15 dogs, Many with special needs, have found their way into the doors of the Shelter. All have been tested for contagious or serious disease, vaccinated, dewormed, flea treated, spayed/neutered, microchipped and readied for adoption. Veterinarians have given the okay for a number of our special pets to be adopted including: Blindy, Edie, Sledge, Shag, Chevelle, and Bella (our Bare Eyed Cockatoo).
You can meet these and other adoptable pets on our website and some of these (if not already adopted by then) will be at the Adopt Norfolk Event!
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Without your donations, we cannot continue to help those who cannot help themselves!

VOLUNTEER ~ It's always "that time of year" for animals needing help! 

Your hands on help at the shelter or a few hours of time at a fundraiser means we can continue

to help the animals who need it most!

ADOPT ~ Finding forever homes for the animals  is what it is all about! 

Animals are vet-checked, medically treated, vaccinated, dewormed, flea treated and microchipped. 

Those over 5-6 months will be spayed or neutered. 


Volunteers Needed!

Every person involved in the daily care of animals, answering phones at the office, looking after the property and building, cleaning kennels and raising funds to support the animals in care in Simcoe and District Humane Society is a volunteer.

There is no paid staff. 

We are looking for volunteers to assist in many positions; some positions require a couple of hours a month - some require many hours per week.

For more information on positions available now or upcoming please click here

Download the volunteer application   pdf    word

Drop it off to the SDHS Trailer at 24 Grigg Drive, Simcoe

Or mail to:
Simcoe and District Humane Society

24 Grigg Drive, P.O. Box 193

Simcoe, ON N3Y 4L1


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