This morning I had the pleasure of touring the Hamilton Animal Shelter with Councillor Aidan Johnson (Ward 1) and Ken Leendertse from the City of Hamilton. We were there for several hours with the purpose of trying to come to a greater understanding of what role the shelter plays in our city. I was there, of course, to put visuals to the lessons learned.
I will be honest with you, I expected to leave with a broken heart, and in all likelihood to shed a tear afterwards as I sat in my car. I truly had no idea what I was walking into. Instead, I left there with a huge smile on my face, overwhelmed by the incredible work that has been done with precious few resources by the people involved, thrilled to learn that they operate the shelter in a manner which other shelters look to as a model for efficiency, and with the hope that their future initiatives will be supported by our city so that they can continue to refine the incredible organization that they run.