Only seven months later, Board President Daniel E. Cruce, Esq. reported at the April Board meeting that DHA’s Capital Campaign Committee had raised almost $1,800,000 towards its minimum fundraising goal of $2,600,000. “The generous response of the DHA ‘family’ and Wilmington’s charitable foundations to the very evident need for a new shelter for homeless companion animals has been incredible. It is also clear that the credibility of our efforts and the seriousness of our intent have been reinforced by the leadership of Campaign Chairs Tatiana and Gerret Copeland and the Honorary Chairmanship of Mike and Jane Castle. Their willingness to be active on our behalf has signaled to the community that this is a very important cause and a campaign that must succeed. We are honored by their participation.”
The Copelands have generously pledged $750,000 in the form of a $1-for$1 challenge grant to encourage as many Delaware Humane friends as possible to make generous gifts.
Executive Director Patrick Carroll commented on the need for a new shelter. “For years DHA staff members and hundreds of volunteers have had to contend with the day-to-day frustrations of trying to provide shelter, medical and adoptive services for thousands of homeless and abused dogs and cats in a facility which is over forty years old and which has been in use 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In the last two years, our architects and Facilities Task Force have done a tremendous job of designing a highly efficient building that will address every single deficiency and drawback of the current shelter.”
The Board of Directors will decide the final goal in June, at which time the shelter’s design and costs will also be finalized. Construction will begin in fall 2011 and be concluded within a year. The shelter will be built on the east side of the A Street facility. Once the new building is open, the current shelter and administration building will be demolished and landscaped for use by shelter dogs and for parking. The fund raising campaign will continue until February 2012.
To support the project, please visit http://www.dehumane.org/
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Founded in 1957, the Delaware Humane Association (DHA) is Delaware’s first no kill animal shelter and adoption center. We are committed to providing for the needs of homeless dogs and cats in our community. Serving over 5,000 companion animals annually through direct intervention and many more through advocacy, we continue to promote the humane values of protection, care, and compassion for all living things. We envision a future where all people and their pets live healthy, happy and long lives together.
Our mission is to act as a voice for companion animals and to enhance their welfare by providing temporary shelter, low cost spay/neuter services, vaccination clinics, humane education programs, and adoption/placement resources. We rely on the support of the community in the form of volunteers, donations, bequests, and fundraising events.
Visit http://dehumane.org to learn more about our adoptable pets, programs, and services.