Record-breaking fundraising response leaves GTHS overwhelmed with gratitude


This year’s virtual walkathon raised over $ 126,000 for the animal shelter, which serves the Southern Georgian Bay region.

Amid the uncertainty of a global pandemic, the Georgian Triangle Humane Society is confident it can count on the support of the community.

Their latest fundraising campaign broke previous records, raising over $ 126,000 for animal shelter and support programs.

Pre-COVID, the 2019 event raised $ 59,000. In 2020, the first time the event went virtual, funds raised increased 164% to a total of $ 97,070.

“Every year it seems like we ask for help from the community and they respond and go above and beyond,” said Abigail Krogman, fundraising coordinator for the Georgian Triangle Humane Society (GTHS). “It proves that we have such an amazing community. They believe in us and other organizations in the region.

Krogman noted that the Georgian Triangle Hospice also broke fundraising records this year with the HIke or Bike event.

“It says a lot about this region,” Krogman said. “We are so grateful.”

Krogman quantified the impact of $ 126,000 for GTHS services by pointing out that the money could pay for 5,040 microchips, or 6,300 rabies vaccines, or emergency medical assistance for 300 pet owners financially limited, or it could cover the costs of 1,900 sterilization / sterilization surgeries.

“I feel a little speechless at this,” she said. “It means so much to our organization. We’re smaller… and $ 125,000 is a lot of money and it goes directly to the programs and services that we have at GTHS.

The 2021 virtual event took place from June 20 to 26 with 111 registered and 30 teams. Those who participated were creative in their fundraising activities including walking, hiking, biking, swimming, running, kayaking and yoga. A person made a commitment to eat cat food if they reached their goal. And they did.

Monika Merz was the top fundraiser, bringing in over $ 13,000 for the walk-thon event. She has long supported the GTHS and volunteered to co-chair a previous marathon walk.

She and her husband formed the Cats Walk Too Team and they walked 45,000 steps in five days of hiking and walking in the Lorree Forest, Flowerpot Loop, Georgian Trail and Singhampton Bruce Trail. . There were also treadmills that worked when thunderstorms loomed.

“I believe the key to the success of the walk-thon is just to publicize what the GTHS does and most importantly how the money is being used,” Merz said. “Over the years, the organization has evolved and has been able to offer even more services to the community such as the sterilization and sterilization clinic and support to families in need with the food bank and the possibility to look after their pets in times of financial stress.

The lockdowns linked to the pandemic, Merz said, have increased the need for GTHS services and also proved the vital role pets can play in people’s lives.

“Our two cats have been an incredible source of camaraderie,” said Merz.

She and her husband adopted one of their cats, Spirit, from GTHS a few years ago. Spirit has become a “constant companion” for Merz.

“What was especially gratifying was knowing that when she was not wanted, she had the chance to find a temporary home at GTHS and finally her forever home with us,” said Merz.


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