January 2017 - Capital Campaign Insider Update

January 2017 - Capital Campaign Insider Update

We’re excited to announce that the Blaine County Planning & Zoning Commission voted on Thursday to approve the Animal Shelter’s Conditional Use Permit for our new facility! This was a critical step forward in our efforts to build a quality community center for pets and the people who love them.


The architects and building team are making great progress hammering out all the details to ensure the new facility meets best design practices for the complex mechanical systems and engineering of the spay/neuter clinic, kennels, and other parts of the building. We are on track to break ground when the snow melts this spring but have a lot more work to do before then.

You will play a vital part in our ability to keep up the amazing momentum of this visionary project. If you’ve already made a leadership gift to the campaign, thank you! We are so grateful to all of the donors who have come forward, eager to see this dream come true - together you have raised $10.7 million of the $16 million needed. Please share your excitement about your contribution with your friends and invite them to come down for a “virtual tour” of the plans with one of us, if they might be interested in participating.

And if you’ve been following our progress, waiting for the right time to donate, now’s the time to jump in. Help us reach the next critical milestone of $12 million, which will ensure we’re able to break ground on time this spring!

Warmly,

Jo-Anne Dixon, DVM
Excutive Director/Medical Director

Brooke Bonner, CFRE
Associate Director


November 2016 - Capital Campaign Insider Update

November 2016 - Capital Campaign Insider Update

Our next steps forward are right around the corner!


We are excited to inform you, our Campaign Insiders, that the public hearing with Blaine County Planning and Zoning to consider our conditional use permit application is scheduled for Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the Blaine County Courthouse located at 206 1st Avenue South in Hailey, ID.

We have been working tirelessly with our architect and exceptional building team to bring us to this important step towards building the new and much needed animal welfare campus. Thanks to the generosity of many, the campaign has received more than $10.2 million in donations and pledges. We need $12 million to break ground this spring 2017.

How can you help support this project to transform animal welfare?

1. Visit wagthefuture.org for the latest information on the capital campaign and building progress.
2. Send public comments in support of the project via e-mail at PZcounter@co.blaine.id.us. Please address your comments to: Blaine County Planning and Zoning Commissioners and send your comments by December 5.

When commenting, please keep in mind:

• Keep it short and sweet
• Summarize WHY you think this project is important to our community
• If you have a business, organization or other entity that has benefited from any of the Shelter programs, please describe the personal impact on you or your business


3. Please keep the Animal Shelter in mind when considering your year-end giving. Contact Brooke@animalshelterwrv.org or 208 788 4351 ext. 202 for more information or to discuss naming opportunities, multi-year pledges, and more!
 

September 2016 - Capital Campaign Insider Update

September 2016 - Capital Campaign Insider Update

As summer starts to wind down, over at the Animal Shelter we are just seeing things continue to speed up. Thanks to our generous donors, avid volunteers, and motivated staff, plans to build a new leading animal welfare campus for this community and region are getting closer and closer to being a reality. Here are a few of our “top-line” areas of progress in the last few months:

Fundraising
We continue to meet our fundraising milestones to keep the project on track, receiving more than $9.8 million in pledges and gifts to date! The next milestone is $10 million by the end of this year in order to ensure we’ll be able to meet the goal of breaking ground when the snow melts next spring 2017. Staff and campaign volunteers are busy meeting individually with major donors to go over the facility plans in detail and discuss naming opportunities. Please see the donor honor roll
and naming opportunities enclosed for more details and contact us if you’re interested in a personal meeting.


Building Plans
We are working with our architecture and building team to complete the Blaine County Planning & Zoning Conditional Use Permit process which is required in advance of receiving a building permit. We’ve had productive meetings with County staff and are looking forward to the public hearings mid-autumn. In the meantime, the civil, mechanical, and
electrical engineers are working diligently to develop the inner-workings and infrastructure for the facility.


We are so grateful to you for your support of and interest in this ground-breaking effort to save more animals’ lives and be a beacon for best-practices in animal welfare. Thank you for spreading the word about the Shelter’s mission, and as always, feel free to call or email me if you have any questions about this project or the Shelter’s work on behalf of people and pets.

Warmly,

Brooke Bonner, CFRE
Associate Director/Capital Campaign Director

April 2016 - Capital Campaign Insider Update

April 2016 - Capital Campaign Insider Update

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It has been an exciting year to be involved with the Shelter. After an incredibly positive campaign planning study, the board, staff, and dedicated campaign volunteers began laying the groundwork to launch a fundraising campaign to build an inviting new shelter campus. It will be a vibrant and welcoming hub that draws community members and visitors not just to adopt, but to engage with the animals and each other. It will also be a regional and national destination for adoptions and trainings on best-practices in animal welfare, bringing additional economic vitality to our community while raising the bar for animals in our state and beyond. Many of you have jumped in early with your pledges, taking a critical leadership role that will ensure the success of this important project. Thank you! Because of your support, we are already making significant progress toward our goal, with more than $5.5 million pledged or gifted to date! Thank you for helping us build a future that fosters the joyous connection between animals and people that is the heart of the Animal Shelter’s mission.

 

Mission Moment

After 14 months living in the shelter, our longest term resident was adopted last month by a loving local family! Tweety is an FIV+ cat, which means she had to have her own room at shelter and had to go to a home as an only cat, or with another FIV+ cat. While most cats with FIV can still live long, healthy lives, most shelters are not able to house them and therefore must euthanize these otherwise adoptable felines. The new facility will help us save more animals with special needs, like Tweety. With modern, hospital-grade materials, air filtration systems, noise abatement, and diseasepreventing design, the new shelter will protect our homeless pets from the spread of disease and will allow us to better care for them all.