Capital Campaign FAQ’s

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WHAT ARE THE BIG PICTURE POINTS?

• The shelter expansion will not only better protect the health and well-being of our pets, but will also include a multi-purpose room for education and training, isolation and intake rooms, a spay/neuter suite, get-acquainted rooms, and more. The square footage for the addition is approximately 4,620.

• The updated shelter is an amazing hub for people to connect with each other and animals and will truly continue to be a tremendous asset to our community.

• Total cost for this big vision is approximately $1.5 million. This includes architecture, engineering, actual building costs, medical clinic equipment, all furniture and fixtures, landscaping, etc.

• The capacity of animals we can shelter at the new facility will approximately double for the cat population and increase the dog space with an addition of 8 kennels.

HOW DOES TRANSFERRING ANIMALS FROM OTHER SHELTERS HELP OUR COMMUNITY?

• Bringing in adoptable pets from overcrowded regional shelters not only helps save those animals’ lives, but it meets the local demand for potential adopters in our area.

• Having a diverse group of animals available for adoption, with the benefits of our services – spay/neuter, microchips, vaccinations, basic socialization, and more – draws thousands of visitors per year to our shelter.

WHY DO WE NEED A LARGER FACILITY?

• Improved kennel/room design and materials will improve the health of the animals, decrease noise and stress, and prevent the spread of disease.

• We will be able to dramatically expand our humane education efforts with the multi-purpose room and will significantly increase the number of children who learn about empathy through interactions with animals.

• We will engage the community in ways we currently cannot and expose more people than ever to our mission.

• An increase in space will allow us to have on-site training for our own dog population as well as for the public. This enables us to work with our dog population and provide them with hands-on training and behavior work.

HOW IS THIS IMPROVING ANIMAL WELFARE IN OUR COMMUNITY?

• Our new multi-purpose room will increase the amount of educational programming that we can offer, which will enable us to offer additional workshops, classes, and community education opportunities for the public.

• Many Illinois animal shelters are dealing with overpopulation and are forced to euthanize healthy, adoptable animals every year. We have the opportunity to help other shelters by relieving their overcrowding and educating them on how to provide more humane care so they can better take care of their own animal populations, becoming better resources for their own communities, and moving toward internal, long-term sustainability.

HOW ARE YOU FUNDING THE EXPANSION?

• Both our annual operations and the capital campaign to build this amazing new campus are funded by private donors (including both individuals and foundations) who are like-minded in our commitment to make our community a leader in animal welfare. We receive no government grants.