OTCC’s new location: A place to grow into

Update 2021

Thanks to our generous donors, we have finished renovating two buildings at our new site. This was Phase 1 of our long-term plan and has added over 3,000 sq ft to house recovering turtles!

But, that is only the start of our BIG plans! Phase 2 involves building our own permanent facility on this same property. We plan to build a new 10,000 sq. ft. building that will house our new hospital – including ICU, hatchling area, and education centre!

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Update 2020

OTCC has been generously offered the use of property nearby, to expand into.  With huge thanks to Mary and Gerry Young, we are so fortunate to be able to see this project unfold. Mary and Gerry Young were born on this property, and have a great respect and love for nature.  They would like their property to be protected forever, and to be used for conservation purposes.  We met them at one of OTCC’s Open Houses, which made them think that OTCC would be a perfect fit for their property!

The property lies on 100 acres very close to our current location, we have renovated two existing buildings on the site to allow us to expand our capacity.

Above Left: OTCC Executive and Medical Director, Dr. Sue Carstairs, toasts Mary Young, for her generous donation:  Mary and her brother Gerry are indeed Turtle Heroes!

Above Right: On the day we signed our mutual agreement;  from left to right- OTCC Executive and Medical Director Sue Carstairs, Mary Young, Gerry Young, and OTCC Vice-Chair Colin Cassin.

For our “Phase 1”, we have now completed two buildings on this property.  We completely gutted the building (below left) and added all new electrical (thank you Mike Scriver; electrician!).  We also had a new well dug (Herb Land Well Drilling did this for the turtles free of charge!), and new furnace and plumbing.  The rest was mainly done with a lot of elbow grease from some amazing volunteers. The finished result for the first building is shown below (right) and this building has been in use all season, allowing more room at our main centre for admissions!

We thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Gordon and Patricia Gray Animal Welfare Foundation, the Rotary Club of Barrie and all our amazing supporters, for making this project happen!

Second Building

The second building is now completed, and you can see the evolution below.  We are delighted with the results, and so are the many turtles that are now recuperating there for the winter!  Thank you once again to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, for their support on this project!

Above: The second building shown before renovations were started

Above: The second building now completed and full of grateful turtles!

We are so lucky to have been given the opportunity to grow into this property!

Stay tuned for more updates and plans!