The original name of the Upper Credit Humane Society (UCHS) was the Erin and Hillsburgh and District Humane Society (EHDHS).
The EHDHS was founded as a Branch of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) in 1991.
The original founders of the Society were Robert and Anne Burr, who, with a group of concerned local citizens, began holding meetings in an Erin church basement.
During the first year, the EHDHS concerned itself primarily with the welfare of local wildlife and investigating reports of cruelty to animals.
As more volunteers offered to help, the Society was able to take on more responsibilities.
An office with a dedicated phone line was set up in the home of one of the volunteers. Volunteers provided foster homes for dogs and cats.
A large foster home for dogs was set up on a farm following a cruelty case involving more than one hundred dogs that had to be removed from their owner.
More than a dozen cats were fostered in a playhouse in the back yard of another volunteer. As the number of animals cared for by the Society increased, so did the amount of fund-raising required to support the work.
Eventually the Board of Directors and the membership of the EHDHS voted to become an independent society.
In 1995, the Society incorporated as charity under the name Upper Credit Humane Society and was granted affiliate status by the Ontario SPCA.
The UCHS took over the pound contracts for the towns of Erin and Eramosa to ensure that no local stray animals would be euthanized unnecessarily or sold for research.
The society utilized donated kennel space from the animal hospital in Hillsburgh until funds were raised to build an animal shelter.
Construction of the UCHS animal shelter, education center, and thrift and collectables shop started in 2002 and was completed in March 2003 on a piece of land donated to the town of Erin to be used for the construction of an animal shelter.
The number of animals requiring care increased , and in 2006, the UCHS Thrift Shop moved to its current location in Moore Park Plaza in Georgetown.
In May 2011, the UCHS Board and Membership voted to become an independent humane society.
UCHS refers ALL animal cruelty/ inhumane treatment of animals to the appropriate branch of the OSPCA . OSPCA is mandated to investigate all accusations of animal neglect, abuse and cruelty.
UCHS does NOT have a contract to pickup stray animals , injured or sick wildlife.
UCHS does not remove wildlife that are deemed a nuisance by neighborhoods.
UCHS does not house wildlife at the shelter, as we are not licensed for this purpose by the Ministry of Natural Resources.
The Town of Erin chose not to renew their Canine Control services contract with UCHS for 2016.
Every day UCHS provides care and shelter for animals in need.
As a member of the UCHS, your support helps ensure that the animals in our care are protected from harm and receive loving acre while we work to place them in forever homes.
Members have the opportunity to provide input into the direction of the UCHS. Whether through their active involvement as volunteers, as members of committees or through their votes at the annual general meeting , the membership has input into the decisions that govern the organization.
As a member, you are entitled to :
* Vote at our annual Annual General meeting
* access to members section of the UCHS website
*discount on adoptions
* 10% discount at our Thrift Shop
Membership fees :
Active- $25 /year
Family- $45 / year- 2 votes at the AGM
Junior- $10 / year ( must be 17 years or younger) .
Our Membership form is available on our website, at the Shelter and at the Thrift Shop.
Please drop off/ mail your completed membership form ,along with payment, to the Shelter OR Thrift Shop.
Email it to : firstname.lastname@example.org
UCHS volunteers play a vital role in the lives of the animals that pass through our doors and they are very valued members of our organization.
Our volunteers are involved in all areas of the Upper Credit Humane Society, including:
animal care, organizing and attending special events, fundraising, office help, yard work and gardening, light maintenance duties and a variety of roles at our Thrift Shop.
***When volunteer positions become available, they are posted on the website. www.uppercredit.com
****Volunteer Age Policy*****
All SHELTER volunteers must be over the age of 16 years old, unless stated otherwise.
Thrift Shop volunteers must be over the age of 14 years old.
If you are interested in applying for a volunteer position that has been posted on our website,
please submit an application form, as outlined on the posting.
***We appreciate everyone who considers volunteering with the Upper Credit Humane Society, however, some opportunities are limited and we will contact applicants who are best suited for the position.***
***All volunteers are required to provide a valid police check, completed within the past three years. it is a Vulnerable Sector Screening, and may be obtained form your local Police Department.
It may take several weeks to obtain the results. please note-- there may be a fee to obtain the Police Check.***
We are currently looking for volunteers for the following positions:
***Thrift Shop , 68 Main Street North , Moore Park Plaza, Georgetown Ontario.
Volunteers are needed to work in all areas, including:sorting merchandise, pricing and sales.
High school students who need to complete their 40 hours of community service are also encouraged to apply.
UCHS Thrift Shop is open :
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
If you are interested in joining our Thrift Shop team, please complete the application form.
Once we have received your application, a member of the UCHS team will contact you to discuss your application and next steps.
email : email@example.com
**** Event volunteers ***
Please Email :
firstname.lastname@example.org for detailed info.
1) Education Committee –
We are looking for volunteers with an interest or past experience in teaching, animal training or education.
Volunteer duties will range from behind the scenes assistance and planning, building relationships and/or leading presentation.
2) Gardening Committee – Looking for green thumbs to help keep our garden looking great at the shelter.
***Please *** email
should you have any questions about our volunteer program , the application process or general assistance.
Thank you for your interest !
This is the Official Facebook page of the Upper Credit Humane Society.
Please visit our website to view ALL our adoptable animals:
The Upper Credit Humane Society (UCHS) relies on donations , fundraising initiatives run by our Volunteers, and revenue from our Thrift Shop to help the hundreds of abandoned, stray and surrendered pets in our community every year.
We receive no government funding .
We find loving homes for every healthy and adoptable animal who enters our doors, and we have no time limits.
Animals remain in our care until the right home is available, and no animal is ever euthanized due to lack of space or because they have been at the shelter for a long time.
Prior to being adopted, all animals are vaccinated, spayed or neutered (when old enough), micro-chipped and given any other necessary veterinary care.
Under no circumstances does the UCHS ever give up an animal for research or any other commercial use.
The UCHS shelter is located at 5383 Trafalgar Road ,Erin, Ontario N0B 1T0.
The UCHS has six paid Staff members.
The UCHS serves a broad area, including Erin, Hillsburgh, Belfountain, Ballinafad, Ospringe, Orton, Stewartown, Alton, Caledon Village, Rockwood, Acton, Georgetown and their surrounding communities.
***Shelter OFFICE Hours***
Monday - Friday 11am - 6pm
Saturday + Sunday 12pm-5pm
We are closed on Statuatory holidays. (STAFF are on site caring for the animals while closed for holidays).
Upper Credit Humane Society
5383 Trafalgar rd, Erin, Ontario
519- 833 2287
***Shelter OFFICE Hours***
Monday - Friday 11am - 6pm
Sat + Sun 12pm - 5pm.
Donations can be made through Canada Helps :
We care, protect, educate and serve to provide for the humane care of animals and encourage responsible pet ownership.
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