Delta opens un-fur-gettable new agility centre

Volunteers at the Delta Animal Shelter run dogs through an agility course
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Life’s been ruff for some of the dogs at the Delta Animal Shelter, but a new off-leash area and agility centre is sure to have tails wagging.

Delta Mayor George V. Harvie celebrated the opening of the new facility on May 30 along with the Delta Animal Shelter and FortisBC, which helped fund the agility centre as part of its ongoing sponsorship of the Shelter.

“The Shelter’s new outdoor dog yard and agility area will help improve the lives of shelter dogs, while also providing the public with a new off-leash fenced area for their dogs to enjoy,” said Ryan Voutilainen, Manager, Delta Community Animal Shelter.

But it won’t just be shelter dogs taking a paws to enjoy the new equipment. The centre, at 7505 Hopcott Road on Tilbury Island, is also open to public pooches. Its 1,100 square meters of play area offers thrills for canines of all skill levels.

“This investment offers a new area to provide additional training to shelter dogs, enhancing their well-being and helping get them ready for adoption,” said Harvie, who recognized FortisBC’s contribution at the opening event. “Supporting our shelter animals and improving Delta’s outdoor public infrastructure are both important goals supported by Delta Council.”

While the dogs had their day, other animals at the shelter will have theirs this summer. FortisBC is proud to sponsor the Shelter’s 10th annual Delta Community Animal Expo at Ladner’s Memorial Park on Sunday, August 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Tollie Fund, which helps the shelter provide care for animals who need some extra TLC.