In the community

PHOTOS: Ontario animal shelter looks to future

Oreo has been at Ani-Care Animal Shelter since last winter. He doesn't get along with other dogs, so placing him in a home has been a challenge Amanda Grosdidier, the shelter's owner, said. But she is optimistic. "We're a no-kill shelter. The right family will come along," she said. (The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons)

ONTARIO – Amanda Grosdidier stood in the middle of the outdoor asphalt yard on a recent warm afternoon, squinting in the sun. The sound of baying dogs floated in the background. The four dogs at her animal shelter, Ani-Care, were inside the adjacent kennel building, safe from the heat. 

“I had to fire my mom,” Grosdidier said, talking about the abrupt changes caused by state restrictions related to COVID-19. Her mother was in a vulnerable age group. She had to tell . . .