Following a $100,000 donation to the project, a part of the new Peterborough Animal Care Centre will be named after Peter Blodgett.
Blodgett’s donation to the Peterborough Humane Society’s Our Pet Project fundraising drive for the $10 million Peterborough Animal Care Centre, which is being built at 1999 Technology Dr. in the city’s east end, was announced on Thursday. The center, which will replace the humane society’s outdated and crowded animal shelter on Lansdowne Street East, broke ground last month. The facility will include an adoption center, a spay, and neuter clinic, as well as offices and a provincial dog rehabilitation center.
Blodgett, president of Darling Assurance, says he was inspired to support the initiative after witnessing the humane society’s “good influence” on the neighborhood.
He said, “Truthfully, I’m allergic to all animals, but I have been involved in the farm community throughout my life and have a great appreciation for animals big and small”. He furthermore, “I’ve been observing the work of the Peterborough Humane Society and the positive impact they are making in our community over the past few years and wanted to get behind their mission. Peter D. Blodgett Darling Insurance Lounge will be named in honour of Blodgett’s gift in the new center’s adoption center lobby, according to the humane society.
“Peter has been a wonderful friend and supporter of the Peterborough Humane Society for years, but this recent donation truly has us humbled”. Shawn Morey, the executive director of the humane society, agreed.
He further, “The fact that he recognizes the value of our new center and what it will do for Peterborough and the Kawarthas is phenomenal. It’s individuals like Peter who make this community as strong as it is.”
Blodgett really is in the community as a founder of the Loonies on the Street fundraiser, which has earned approximately $2 million for Kawartha Food Share over the past 20 years. He’s also the chair of the Fairhaven long-term care capital campaign and a board member of Peterborough MusicFest.
His contribution takes the total amount raised for the humane society to $7.6 million. To donate, go to ourpetproject.ca or send an email to campaign manager Alex Tindale.