They were a couple of nice stories about Kennel Inn, It was an exceptional service. Through the veterinary assistant course at Seneca they saved hundreds of sick, neglected and abandoned animals.
The students took animals home and fostered them until they were well.
An outdoor run provided fresh air and exercise. At certain times of the day, we could hear the dogs like we heard the children playing at recess when they were in school.
Then somebody complained about the noise and the. animals couldn't be allowed out any more.
Somebody complained about the noise the kids made as well.
Kennel Inn didn't have fancy accommodation but as I recall,for some reason they couldn't be allowed to build.
With Seneca , they provided a rabies vaccination program ,spaying and an adoption service.A student who had nursed a sick animal back to health often couldn't let it go.
The fee to recover a pet was $75.00
The annual cost to the town at the time the contract was terminated was about $79,000.
The new contract cost $20,000 more and it wasn't long before it jumped to $50,000.more. .
The association with Kennel Inn didn't end nicely.
Individuals and groups appearing out of nowhere were always welcome at Aurora Council with horrifying stories of abuse and neglect of the animals..
Markham and Richmond Hill maintained their contracts for some time after Aurora's ended.
But eventually the business folded/
Fourteen Aurora folk lost their jobs and the town lost about $69.000 a year in tax revenue. .