KWSP Humane Society raises more than $25,000 on Giving Tuesday

  • Community   Thu, Dec 15th, 2022   Veronica Reiner

The Kitchener Waterloo Stratford Perth (KWSP) Humane Society raised more than $25,000 on Giving Tuesday (November 29th) partly with the help of a gift matching program.

Giving Tuesday takes place each year following the busy shopping weekend and is touted as a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities. The KWSP announced a gift matching program for their campaign this year, helping twice as many vulnerable animals thanks to Kerri Kendrick of CIBC Mortgages. She matched gifts up to $2,000 total.

“We are so thankful for Kerri’s continued support,” said KWSP Humane Society development director Nick Burke in a release. “She is a great partner, and we hope her kindness inspires the community to give generously today.”

Kerri has been a strong supporter of the KWSP Humane Society, and has supported the organization in many ways over the past few years, according to organization spokesperson Nasreen.

“If community members missed the chance to double their gift on Giving Tuesday, stay tuned for other ways to increase your impact in the holiday season,” said Nasreen.

For example, Helmutz Landscape & Interlock from Kitchener is matching all donations to a total of $10,000, as of last week. “We also have a few other donors who will be matching donations for the weeks after,” said Nasreen.

The KWSP Humane Society is not funded by any level of government and relies on the generosity of its donors and fundraising efforts to offer 40+ services to people and pets in the 13 municipalities they serve.

The money raised this year will support both homeless animals and critical programs such as their low-cost veterinary services, community vet outreach program, pet pantry program and more.

“This time of year can be particularly tough for pet owners,” said Kathrin Delutis, chief executive officer of the KWSP Humane Society. “In recent months, we’ve seen an increase in the number of animals being brought to the Humane Society. We rely on the support from our communities to help both the animals in our care as well as those pet owners who may be experiencing a crisis.”

For more information on the initiatives of the Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth, please visit