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We are their shelter, You are their future

A Capital Campaign to Build a New Shelter
for Delaware Humane Association
2010 - 2015

To date, we have received more than $3 million in gifts toward the construction of DHA's new home. We are extremely grateful to all of our donors who have made this possible.

Aerial view of DHA's animal care and adoption center

Capital campaign and new building update

Construction of DHA’s new facility, The Tatiana and Gerret Copeland Animal Care Center, began in December 2013 at our current site on A Street in the Riverfront area of Wilmington, next to the existing 40+ year old shelter. We moved into the new building in November 2014, and work has continued since then to put final touches to the building and grounds.

The public is invited to join us for a Ribbon Chewing Ceremony & Celebration will be held on Wednesday, September 16th from 6 to 8 pm.

The new animal care center is a better place to “make a friend for life” and will enhance DHA’s ability to continue helping make Delaware a No Kill State.

Features of the new campus include:

  • An increased building size—up from 7,000 to 13,110 square feet

  • An attractive and inviting environment with plenty of color and natural light

  • A more sophisticated HVAC system which provides better circulation of fresh air, keeping animals healthier

  • A better layout with space for more animals, including separate wings for available animals and those that are sick or not yet ready for adoption, four free-roaming cat rooms, and four canine villages

  • An expanded medical department, featuring separate exam rooms and the added capability to provide spay/neuter surgery to large dogs (previously, surgery took place on DHA’s mobile medical van for cats and small to medium dogs only)

  • New areas such as “meet and greet” rooms, outdoor “catios”, and a Community Room (ideal to host birthday parties and other celebrations)

  • 10 outdoor exercise yards for dogs

  • The “Roverfront Trail” dog walking path, which loops around the property

We are also still actively fundraising to close the remaining gap for our capital campaign. We have been fortunate to have raised more than $3 million from over 1,000 donors, and some of our generous donors and funders have even made a second gift. On behalf of our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and all of our current and future animal guests, thank you to all of our supporters for believing in DHA, and for helping us achieve this wonderful milestone.

However, fundraising must continue until construction costs are met.As is often the case with such undertakings, the cost of the much needed new facility rose to more than $4 million, so there are still opportunities to make a gift of support.

If you have not yet had the opportunity to support the new building campaign, we would be delighted to give you a tour and answer any questions you may have! You can contact us at development@dehumane.org or (302) 571-8171 x301.

When Should I Give?

You may contribute whenever you wish! Please also continue to support our quarterly appeals that support DHA’s ongoing programs and services.

How Do I Give?

Your gift to the Capital Campaign for DHA’s new shelter can be made by check, credit card, or by donating stock. You can make a one time donation, or pledge to give over a period of up to three years.

Learn more about how to give to DHA's Capital Campaign


Tatiana and Gerrett Copeland with DHA alum Reggie

Proud DHA alumnus Reggie enjoys time with Capital Campaign Chairs Tatiana and Gerrett Copeland, the couple lucky enough to have adopted him. Reggie's mother, father, and siblings were all adopted through DHA.
  Capital Campaign Honorary Chairs Mike and Jane Castle

Capital Campaign Honorary Chairs Mike and Jane Castle walking along the Brandywine with Rex. The Castles enjoy dog sitting a variety of friends' dogs.

Important Information About the Capital Campaign

paw print iconCapital Campaign Case for Support [PDF]

paw print iconCapital Campaign Naming Opportunities [PDF]
paw print iconCapital Campaign Pledge Form [PDF]

paw print iconHow to Give Stock to the Capital Campaign [PDF] Get Adobe Reader to view PDF files - free download!

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