Welland and District Humane Society’s community outreach programs have thrived this year and staff have high hopes that will continue.
“We think (the shelter is) going in a very positive direction this year,” executive director John Greer said in a phone interview before the humane society board of directors’ annual general meeting Tuesday night.
“We’re up to four community events and doing adopt-a-thons that are very, very successful,” he said.
In the community room at the Lincoln St. police station, Greer gave a recap of the year’s affairs, including mention of Ontario’s largest reptile removal that happened in October 2011, after Seaway Serpentarium owner Karel Fortyn died suddenly leaving more than 200 reptiles and two crocodiles behind.
Greer also talked about the success the cat adoption centre in at Seaway Mall has seen since it opened in April.
“We’ve just adopted out our 200th cat and it’s been a great way to reach the community,” he said.
The centre also held an adopt-a-thon last weekend in Niagara Falls, where 18 dogs and four cats found new homes.
“I think there has been a lot of positive changes at the shelter. We’re getting more community-oriented and we want to maintain that way,” he said.