Our Shelter

The Humane Society of Durham Region was incorporated in 1988 under the name Durham Animal Welfare. We then became an independent operating affiliate of the Ontario S.P.C.A. under the new name Humane Society of Durham Region (HSDR).

HSDR is made up of a Volunteer Board of Directors, staff members and volunteers. We are a community resource, dedicated to protecting and providing temporary shelter and comfort to all companion animals in need, while promoting adoptions and re-homing for unwanted, abused, neglected and abandoned pets. HSDR promotes humane treatment of all living things and works with the OSPCA who respond to and investigate all complaints of cruelty and neglect.

HSDR serves all of Durham Region and is a non-profit organization and no-kill shelter and does not receive government funding. We rely solely on the contributions of our donors and supporters in order to provide care and a home for the animals.

Our Mission

To provide compassionate care for abused, abandoned, and neglected animals in our community while they await their new beginning in life.

Our Vision

To provide care until a new home is found regardless of the time it takes, educate and inspire responsible pet/family relationships, and to work with like-minded community groups to the best of our ability.


Integrity - Respect - Honesty - Compassion



Board of Directors

The HSDR is made up of a Volunteer Board of Directors. The Board of Directors directs the local operations of the Society and work cooperatively with the shelter staff to provide humanitarian services to the local animal population.

The following are the profiles of the nominees for the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Durham Region:


Douglas Edwards


Doug is CEO and founder of ES3™, an industry leading TV technology company with its headquarters in Ontario’s Durham Region. Over the past 11 years, Doug has turned ES3 into an award-winning TV technology business. Due to his love of animals, especially those who are in need of care, Doug decided to dedicate a large portion of his professional experience and time to help the HSDR.

Over the past year as an HSDR Board member, Doug has been a dedicated volunteer as the Communications and Technology and Facilities lead in addition to a Board member. Through these efforts Doug has propelled the organization forward on many fronts, including more effective, safe shelter operations, enhanced communications with the community and to drive fundraising revenue higher than ever before using today’s technologies.


Len Butticci


Len is the President and CEO of BW Underwriting Services Inc., a successful insurance services company employing over 100 people in Durham Region. Len’s company was nominated by TD Bank for the Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence award several years in a row. Len was featured in Canadian Executive Quarterly magazine just over a year ago because of the success that BW Underwriting Services Inc. has been able to realize. Len has a proven history of successfully building Senior Management Teams that are driven to succeed. Len’s strengths include: Executive Team Building, Organizational Management, Finance, Strategic Planning and Organizational Focus.

As Vice President of the HSDR Board of Directors, Len has donated many hours of time, money, expertise, equipment and assistance in addition to his many contributions as a regular donor over the past years in an effort to help the HSDR improve its operations across all areas of the organization.


Stephen Massel


Stephen Massel, CPA, CA has over 30 years of experience in finance and accounting, business and strategic planning and business optimization. Over his career, Stephen has been CFO of five public companies and three private companies, most recently as CFO of Hotspex Inc. Stephen articled with Clarkson Gordon Chartered Accountants after graduating with a BA in Business Administration.

Stephen and his family support a number of charitable organizations including Unity for Autism, Theatre 20 and the Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity. He enjoys running outdoors year round, golf and is actively pursuing his black belt in Shotokan Karate (2015). Stephen and his wife Naomi live in Woodbridge, Ontario and have 5 wonderful children and an equally wonderful dog, Toby.


Cindy Bennett


Cindy has been a volunteer with HSDR for 12 years and has spent many hours in the shelter helping out with numerous fundraisers over the years, including the golf tournaments, dances, Pause for our Paws, and Pet Pictures with Santa. In addition, Cindy is proud to have fostered over 120 animals, helping to get them healthy enough to find their forever home. Cindy is retired from a career in banking and is grateful to have found an organization that is so close to her heart!


Frank Auddino


Frank has been involved with special projects for the HSDR since 2009, and joined the board of Directors in December 2014. He spent the majority of his 30-year career as a strategic business development executive and a principal partner in a company owned with Rogers Media. He is currently the president of VITALIZ Inc., a company that specializes in turnaround performance and provides small and medium-sized companies with business analysis and growth plans.

He has loved animals all his life, and has volunteered for several charities in his spare time, including food banks, cancer recovery initiatives, and humane societies. Frank resides in Ajax, with his wife, Kim, and his rescue cats, Sabrina and Katie.


Karen Koene


Since retiring as an elementary school teacher and assistive software trainer and consultant, Karen has devoted many hours to volunteering for animal welfare organizations, including the HSDR previously and an animal rescue group. Karen and her husband have had dogs all of their married life. They presently have 3, but have also fostered. Karen's family lives in Europe, which allows many opportunities to travel. She enjoys playing golf and loves spending time with her children, grandchildren, pets and volunteering to benefit animals.


For a full list of 2016-2017 Board Nominees, please click here