|Zack Stortini poses with some of his fans and fellow animal lovers at the grand opening of the Edmonton Humane Society's new facility Sunday, May 31, 2009. (Photo by Andy Devlin/Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club)
After 60 years in their previous facility, the Edmonton Humane Society had completely overgrown their building. They needed more space to provide shelter and homes for the nearly 10,000 animals that come through their doors annually.
This weekend, as the Humane Society hosted their Open House and Grand Opening celebration at their new facility, a familiar face to Edmontonian hockey fans was there to support the cause. Edmonton Oiler Zack Stortini was eager to lend a hand in support of an organization that helps animals.
“I had a dog growing up, a shepherd husky, she was a big part of the family,” said Stortini. “Having an experience growing up with a pet is definitely unforgettable.”
The Humane Society’s new building fundraising efforts were met by generous support which helped their dream of a new facility become a reality. Now they’re able to not only offer a bright and inviting place for animals but also a community learning centre.
“In addition to being able to support 10,000 animals per year, we’re now in a position to provide program services to help educate the public about responsible pet ownership – that’s what this whole building is about,” said Edmonton Humane Society’s spokesperson Shawna Randolph.
Earlier this year Zack Stortini contacted the Humane Society looking for opportunities to support their cause. In addition to volunteering for the Grand Opening celebration, Stortini will also participate in the Humane Society’s annual Pets in the Park fundraiser in Hawrelak Park on June 28th.
“This is a great opportunity for me to give back to the community, they’ve done an amazing job supporting the whole team throughout the year,” said Stortini. “The Humane Society is a wonderful organization and to have this opportunity to give back is a great experience.”Click here for more information on the Humane Society's Pets for the Park event.