Animal Harbor Announces Completion of Capital Campaign

September 15, 2015.Winchester, TN-- Animal Harbor has received a $40,000 bequest from a donor who wished to remain anonymous, to be used for construction costs of the new shelter.  With the addition of this gift, Animal Harbor's capital campaign has raised more than $622,000 – surpassing the campaign goal of $600,000. About $82,000 of this total consists of pledges that are still being paid over the next year.

Animal Harbor's capital campaign began in 2012 and ended August 15, 2015.  The new facility, which is already completed, is located at 56 Nor-Nan Road, off of Highway 127. The total cost of the project was $678,000, which includes the cost of the property, site work and paving, construction of the new building, equipment and furnishings.  All contributions of $100 or more will be recognized on the donor wall  to be located in the Front Lobby of the new facility. Commitments of $2,500 or more will also be recognized in two additional wall displays and/or plaques. An open house will be held late this fall as soon as these donor recognition pieces have been completed.

The new building provides an open and inviting atmosphere to encourage adoption, volunteering, and education for the community.  Features of the new building include group rooms for cats where they can roam free, climb on platforms and hide in cubby holes; a porch where the cats can enjoy the outdoors safely; quarantine areas for both dogs and cats that are not ready for adoption, a "meet and greet" room for people to get to know a pet without the noise and interference of other pets; separate areas for offices and prep work; and overall space for up to 40 cats and 40 dogs at any one time, depending on the mix of adults to puppies/kittens.

"Since the new building opened in December of 2014, we have seen a huge increase in the number of people who visit-- both to adopt and to volunteer," said Patricia Dover, President of Animal Harbor. "The board and staff of Animal Harbor — on behalf of all the pets served — share their deepest gratitude for the community's amazing support for this huge project. More than 1,000 donors contributed gifts of cash and services or materials, and hundreds more supported grassroots-style, through coin canisters at local businesses, special fundraisers and more. This could not have happened without every person, business and foundation that participated, and we feel very fortunate to live in a community that places such importance on humane care and treatment of all animals."

Animal Harbor depends on the ongoing support of its loyal donors for its continued operation.  Operating expenses include medicines and veterinary care including spaying or neutering all pets before adoption, pet food, utilities, staff to care for pets and assist visitors, and all the other expenses of shelter operation.  Animal Harbor also assists seniors and low income families who otherwise may not be able to have their loved pets neutered, and maintains a pet food bank to help pet owners get through a hard time. Donations may be mailed to Animal Harbor, P. O. Box 187, Winchester, TN 37398.