The Toronto Humane Society named a park at their centre in memory of a generous Parking Enforcement Officer.
PEO Raymond Schaffer, who loved cats, left money for the animal shelter and advocacy organization in his will. He succumbed to heart failure two years ago.
“This is a secured area that our cats and dogs use during the summer to stretch and run around,” said Catherine MacDonald, the THS controller, of the second-story park, which is exposed to the elements but secure so animals can’t escape. “In the winter, the husky puppies come out here.”
MacDonald said the funding will be used to enhance some of the organization’s programs.
“We go out to schools to teach kids about pet responsibility, we offer spay/neuter services for low-income families and we work with PetSmart Charities and food banks,” she said.
Peter Bouhs, who worked with Schaffer for nearly eight years, said naming the park was a great tribute.
“Ray would have loved this and I know he’s looking down on us, smiling,” said Bouhs, at the Nov. 23 ceremony.
Last year, a bench was dedicated in Schaffer’s name.
It was placed outside of the Scarborough office where his colleagues can remember the 70-year-old man who loved going to work every day.
Retired Supt. Wes Ryan was also on hand to remember Schaffer, a good friend.
He said The Humane Society was there to find Schaffer’s two cats a home, together, after his death.
Other PEO members attending the unveiling were Brian Moniz, George Johnstone and Herman Persaud.