- Meet Robyn, our New Director of Development!Robyn Dmytrow says she is thrilled to join OMHS as its new Director of Development where she can now combine her passion for animal care and education with her impressive development experience. 

Before coming to OMHS, Robyn managed large campaigns at national and local charities including United Way Halton & Hamilton. 

“I have learned so much about OMHS in this short time. Our shelter does so much more for our community and animals than simply our adoptions. I feel privileged to work alongside a team of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to make sure every single animal that comes into our care, or needs us, receives the support they deserve.” 

Robyn's day usually starts in the early morning by taking Piper, her three-year-old Chow Chow, for a walk before her twin girls get up. “There is so much peace in walking your dog early in the morning, planning out the day’s activities.” She also has a rescued guinea pig named Bella. 

At the shelter, her priority is bringing the work and mission to life for members of the community, showing how their financial support provides life-saving care for vulnerable animals, 24/7. 

“Most people I speak to are aware that OMHS is the only animal shelter in Oakville and Milton, but many are surprised to learn the shelter does much more than adoptions. From educational programs or supporting families through a transition with temporary shelter for their pets, to 24/7 rescue of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, the shelter is there both for the animals who need us and our community’s humans.” 

She also enjoys any opportunity to meet with volunteers and generous donors to let them know how their support is making a real and positive difference. She encourages all supporters to learn more by reading the OMHS 2019 Impact Report

“This holiday season we need our communities support more than ever. The pandemic has impacted our shelter in so many ways, from an increased demand to our ability to raise funds that our animals need. Right now, we are expecting a short fall but we are working really hard to close this gap by the end of the year.” 

Robyn urges anyone who can help to visit our website and learn about the many different ways they can help the animals that need help more than ever.