Kingston Humane Society to celebrate 140 years with free downtown concert

The Kingston Humane Society (KHS), the oldest of its kind in Canada, will celebrate 140 years this summer. Founded in 1884 to provide shelter and care for homeless animals and investigate cases of animal cruelty in Kingston and surrounding area, KHS promotes responsible pet ownership, compassion and respect for all animals, according to its website.

In recognition of its longstanding operation, a free concert will be held in Springer Market Square on Friday, Aug. 23, 2024. Beginning at 7 p.m., the concert will be headlined by hometown favourite, Juno nominee, and three time Maple Blues Female Vocalist of the year, Miss Emily.

Tunes 4 Tails – Celebrating 140 Years of Compassion, produced by the Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Area (BIA), also features local band The Wilderness and songwriting phenom Evan Rotella, according to a release from KHS.

“One hundred and forty years in any field is worth celebrating,” said Gord Hunter, Executive Director of the Kingston Humane Society, “but in animal welfare that equates to tens of thousands of lives saved and that deserves a party.”

Mayor Bryan Patterson will be on hand to welcome attendees and get the festivities underway, KHS noted. The concert is free to attend, and while donations will be accepted, Hunter confirmed that’s not the event’s main objective.

“Our goal,” Hunter added, “is to have everyone who has ever adopted, fostered, volunteered, donated or dropped off a stray animal, join us in Springer Market Square for a giant, community celebration.”

According to the release, the free Friday night concert kicks off a full weekend of pet-related events and activities, with details coming soon.

Learn more about the Kingston Humane Society on its website.

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