On Thursday, The Toronto Human Society gets an eco-friendly renovation on their 2300-square feet rooftop patio  – with a 50,000 budget, Evergreen experts and volunteers lending their support, to transform the shelter’s outdoor concrete rooftop to an eco-friendly sanctuary for four-legged and the two-legged to enjoy.

The rooftop will have a sustainable animal-friendly garden space with edible herbs, catnip for the kitties and vegetables for bunnies and hamsters; “ ‘All natural, anything that’s in the wild would eat, would be safe for us as well,’” says, J.R. Leo, Evergreen project manager.

J.R. Leo Evergreen project manager

The materials used in the renovations were locally sourced; the planter containers are made from galvanized steel window wells (take note follow gardeners). Ontario-based native trees (dogwood) were planted to help provide shading in parts of the space– as well as wild rose and shrubs. Ontario hemlock was used for the Pergola beams, with the idea the native grape vine will attached itself to providing shaded refuge for visiting furry-friends and volunteers.

The Toronto Human Society animal shelter is one of five selected across Canada to receive a Eco-friendly make-over from Paws for the Planet, a partnership between Purina and Evergreen established to create a better, greener world for people and their pets.

One more thing!

Purina is giving Canadians the opportunity to win a backyard makeover to create a pet-friendly green space. From May 31 to September 7, Canadians can visit www.pawsfortheplanet.ca and enter for a chance to win one of three backyard makeovers valued at $5,000. Each.  For every entry, Purina is donating an additional $5 to Evergreen’s Stewardship and Restoration program, up to $50,000. The contest is open to all Canadians who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory.