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.
Capital Campaign Update: Fundraising will continue through 2014 when new DHA home opens
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Our furry friends will not have to wait much longer to move to their new home, now under construction at 701 A Street, next to the existing shelter. After many years of planning, Delaware Humane Association's Board of Directors gave approval to begin building the new facility, The Tatiana and Gerret Copeland Animal Care Center.
Bancroft Construction, the project’s general contractor, began construction in 2013 and estimated one year to complete the facility. We plan to begin moving into the new building in mid-November 2014, with a grand opening planed for early 2015. This is a VERY exciting time for DHA and our community.
DHA’s Executive Director, Patrick Carroll, noted that “The Board and I are deeply indebted to more than 1,000 donors who have helped us this far toward realizing our dream of a new and greatly improved shelter for our most important residents. It would be impossible to even imagine this project going forward without private gifts, as this is funded almost entirely by voluntary donors.”
Donors, volunteers, adopters, and DHA’s many friends continue to make new financial commitments to the shelter campaign. We want to give everyone the opportunity to contribute to the new facility, whether it be to name a room in the building or to purchase an entrance way commemorative brick. We've therefore decided to continue to receive gifts through to the opening of the building in late 2014.
“While there are many needs every day that come with the responsibility of caring for the animals, the overriding priority for DHA is building this new shelter for the community, opening it on time, and funding it completely,” said Dan Cruce, Chairman of the DHA Board.
There are still many naming opportunities for those that want to endorse
this project and permanently inscribe their name along with the new
building. Outside the building, donors can name bricks for $150 or more,
and inside the building, there are facilities to be named for $5,000 or
more. An example of premiere space yet to be named is the Conference
and Meeting Center. This will be the place where the DHA Board and
volunteers can meet, where volunteers will be trained, where educational
programs will occur, dog training classes, and even birthday parties
for kids can happen.
“For the first time in DHA history, we will be able to house special
events and programs right here at the shelter, next to all of our furry
friends,” said Carroll.
This will be an ideal place to name for the donor that enjoys high visibility.
Humane Association has been an important service organization in this
community since 1957. It has touched the lives of thousands of animals
and thousands of pet owners. Many of our longtime friends and families
feel strongly about making the new shelter a reality, so fundraising
will continue until the new doors open next year.
If you have
not yet had the opportunity to support the new shelter campaign, but
would like to learn more, please review the information available below or contact us at (302) 571-8171 ext. 301.
The staff would be delighted to show you the designs of the new
building, give you a tour, and just have a friendly informative