Stratford Perth Humane Society takes on animal control for Zorra Township

Stratford Perth Humane Society takes on animal control for Zorra

The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth has been awarded a three-year contract for animal-control and bylaw services in the Township of Zorra.

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The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo and Stratford Perth has recently taken on animal-control and bylaw services for Zorra Township after being awarded a three-year contract beginning Jan. 1.

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At an annual cost of $7,000, the contract will see the Stratford Perth shelter provide animal control for dogs, as well as animal bylaw and pound services.

“The Township of Zorra is thrilled to be working with the Stratford Perth Humane Society for animal-control services in the township,” said Karen Martin, Zorra’s director of corporate services. “The humane society employs Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals officers that are specialists and are able to provide full animal-control services that provide the township with a single and sole source contract, and (provides) residents with a professional level of service.”

According to Calla James, the society’s community engagement director, the Stratford Perth shelter employs two animal services officers that look after calls across Perth County and, now, Zorra Township. The shelter also has kennel space and staffing to provide care for dogs before they are either reunited with their owners or adopted.

The new relationship between the local humane society and the Oxford County township will also give Zorra residents access to the programs and services offered through the organization’s charity work, including rabies clinics, low-cost microchipping, low-cost spay-and-neuter clinics, the emergency pet food bank, education programs and more.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Township of Zorra to provide residents with animal control and bylaw services,” society CEO Kathrin Delutis said in a press release. “Our team looks forward to spending time in the community helping both people and pets.”

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While the animal-control portion of the contract is geared specifically toward dogs, with full services provided on weekdays and emergency services available on weekends, evenings and holidays, residents are still welcome to call the humane society to find out if they can provide help to sick or injured domestic and wild animals.

The humane society will also accept stray cats as kennel space and resources allow. Community members are asked to call the Stratford Perth shelter in advance at 519-273-6600 to determine if a stray cat can be sheltered or placed on a waiting list.

Pets can be reclaimed at the Stratford Perth shelter at 125 Griffith Rd. in Stratford. Residents can also call 519-745-5615 to inquire about a lost or found pet.

For a full list of services available to Township of Zorra residents and hours of operation, visit .

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