Since 1999, the GTHS has helped over 10,000 homeless pets receive the spay/neuter surgeries, care, love and attention they needed when they had nowhere to turn.
This work was the result of collaboration and dedication from volunteers, donors and local veterinarians who worked day and night to save lives. The GTHS veterinary partners, in particular, Dr. Bell from Bellbrae Animal Hospital and Dr. Pankatz from Mountain Vista Veterinary Hospital, have gone above and beyond the call of duty for the GTHS. As the organization moves towards the future, their dedication will never be forgotten.
Today, helping over 1500 animals annually, continuing to rely solely on the generosity of local veterinarians is no longer the most effective option for the shelter animals.
In 2018, the GTHS recognized that a swift solution needed to be found and took action. Desperately needing a hospital of their own to ensure animals receive timely, thorough and comprehensive care, the GTHS mapped out a plan for how a hospital could be built within their shelter walls to provide daily service to their own animals. This hospital would reduce dozens of daily phone calls, eliminate trips back and forth to the vet and dramatically decrease the stress on the shelter animals.
The project cost was estimated at $382,000 and within a few short months the funds were raised through the generosity of the GTHS volunteers and a few key donors. To everyone involved, it was clear that this was undeniably an extraordinary move for homeless animals.
Today, the GTHS is mid-way through renovations. The hospital will boast an Examination, Xray, Pharmacy, Treatment and Operating Room. The clinic will serve GTHS shelter animals as well as unowned Community Cats. To provide service to financially limited pet owners, the GTHS will continue to run mobile spay/neuter clinics throughout the year in locations throughout the community. Dates for these clinics can be found at: https://www.gths.ca/april-2019-mobile-clinic/ .
The GTHS is currently recruiting for medically trained animal heroes to join their team and embark on this exciting project. Interested Veterinarians or Registered Veterinary Technicians can apply by visiting the GTHS website at https://www.gths.ca/gths-team/job-postings/
Together, with the community, local veterinarians and dedicated donors, the GTHS Animal Hospital is almost a reality. Ultimately, these services will make a long-lasting impact towards pet overpopulation and increase the wellness of pets in need!
The GTHS Hospital Heroes include:
Hospital Leaders ($50,000-$100,000)
PetSmart Charities of Canada
Hospital Room Sponsors ($20,000)
Operating Room – Carolyn Williamson
Treatment Room – Lynn & Derrick March
Examination Room – Monika Merz
Pharmacy – Vivian Greening
Diagnostics and Imaging Room – Cynthia Torokvei
Hospital Medications ($20,000)
Hospital Equipment Sponsors ($10,000)
Karen & Howard Fawcett
Hospital Supplies ($1000-$5000)
Maggie & David Lowe
Lisa & Bruce Zide
Stay tuned for more information about the GTHS Animal Hospital and an upcoming Open House celebration! To find out more immediately, please contact Executive Director, Sonya Reichel at email@example.com