New Shelter News

Making Room for More Furry Friends

Space at the current shelter on Hart Drive has reached capacity. As Marie Aldred, President of Furry Friends explained in an interview with the Barrie Examiner, "a lot of cats have escaped being euthanized because they've come here, but we just can't take any more. We have a lot of moms and babies, and some pregnant cats that have kittens on the way.”

"We've renewed our lease (at our current shelter) for two more years, and hope to have the new shelter built by then," Aldred said. "But it costs a lot of money to build the new place and we have to raise about $300,000." 

With a gift from a very generous benefactor, we are able to make a dream come true and buy the land for our new, tailor-made shelter. We are excited that we will soon be able to provide care for the ever-increasing number of vulnerable animals in Barrie. You and your family, friends, classmates and colleagues can play an important role in this exciting “pet project” by donating or volunteering.

Phase One: Purchase of New Property (status: complete):

• Land purchased at 455 Tiffin Street. 
• Existing structure removed to make space for new 3,600-square-foot facility.

Phase Two:  Getting Ready – permits, permits, permits (status: ongoing)

This new shelter will be built to perfection, meeting or exceeding standards and ensuring protection of the environment.

• Ongoing consultations with representatives from City of Barrie, Bear Creek Conservation Authority and Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. Site walk with Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority completed to identify any environmental problems. Trees on west side of property will be preserved.

• Removal and decommissioning of old well on the property

• Boring for land stability

• Land survey and topography plus additional survey work to provide consultants with enough information to complete the site plan

• Artist concept completed by Ian Malcolm, designer of Nauticus condos on Lakeshore (done)

Phase Three: Building from the Ground Up

There's still so much to do. You can make a real difference to the lives of helpless animals in Barrie by donating now.

Take Me Home!
Rose (at shelter on Hart Dr., Barrie)
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Lillie (at shelter on Hart Dr., Barrie)
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Emma (at shelter on Hart Dr., Barrie)
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Snooky (in foster but available for adoption)
Snooky is 6 3/4 years old and has been with us for quite a while. He was originally a feral born res...
Tippit (at shelter on Hart Dr., Barrie)
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Bylow (at shelter on Hart Dr., Barrie)
Bylow is 3 3/4 years of age and loves to watch people come and go. He will usually brush against you...
Kismet (at shelter on Hart Dr., Barrie)
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Pooh (in foster care but available for adoption)
Pooh is a 1 3/4 year old stray who came from the Georgina area. When he first arrived, he was quite ...
Maxfield (at shelter on Hart Dr., Barrie)
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Curly (at shelter on Hart Dr., Barrie)
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Stella (at shelter on Hart Dr. Barrie)
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Dallas (in foster care but available for adoption)
Dallas is a 5 3/4 year old baby. He loves to be loved and soaks it all up and asks for more. You can...
Bella (at shelter on Hart Dr., Barrie)
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Argentina (foster care but can be adopted)
Argentina is a 5 year old stray with an unusual taupe coloured tabby coat. He is long and lean but h...
Guiness (at shelter on Hart Dr., Barrie)
Guiness is just 5 years old and has lived almost his entire life at our shelter. He and 20 other kit...
Lela (at shelter on Hart Dr., Barrie)
Lela is loving being inside again, after having been on her own for almost a year. A neighbour notic...
Hope (at shelter on Hart Dr., Barrie)
Hope is a little over 8 years old and has been with us a long time. No one is quite sure of her past...
Brodie (in foster care but available for adoption)
In the urban dictionary's definition, Brodie means "The Man", a really caring, loyal friend who is g...
Silver (at shelter on Hart Dr., Barrie)
Silver is 3 3/4 years old and has had a full mouth extraction. That doesn't stop her from enjoying h...
Shelby (at shelter on Hart Dr., Barrie)
Shelby is a shy 6 1/2 year old dilute Torti that we have had her for several years. Once Shelby gets...
Iris (at Petsmart in Barrie)
Iris has just had her first birthday, but to take a look at her, you would swear she is only 6 month...
Lexus (at shelter on Hart Dr., Barrie)
Lexus is just a little over 5 years old, and he and his brothers, Tippit and Theo, were feral born r...
Sabrina (at shelter on Hart Dr., Barrie)
Sabrina is 2 years old and is a local stray. She is now thoroughly enjoying human attention. Sabrina...
Fang (at shelter on Hart Dr., Barrie)
Fang is 7 3/4 years old and has been with us for most of his life. He looks like he would be mean, b...
Skrinkle (at shelter on Hart  Dr., Barrie)
Skrinkle is a 4 3/4 year old stray who was brought in to us, but whose owners were found before he w...
Missus (at PetValu on Yonge St.)
Missus is 4 years old and was surrendered with her pal, Mister, because a woman's mother-in-law was ...
Sally (at shelter on Hart Dr., Barrie)
Sally is 6 years of age. No one seems to remember her history, but she doesn't mind. Sally is very s...
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