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DHA's Capital Campaign 2010 - 2015

Aerial view of DHA's animal care and adoption center

To date, we have received nearly $4 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.

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In September 2010, DHA initiated a capital campaign to raise funds for a state-of-the-art animal care and adoption center to replace the current 40 year old facility. Early on, we resolved to remain in the City of Wilmington and create a new home for the animals on our present site.

Preparation for the new building began in April 2012, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 25, 2013 as we celebrated DHA's 56th birthday. Construction of 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 facility. We moved into the new building in November 2014, and work continued throughout 2015 to put final touches to the building and grounds.

Our 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 nearly $4 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.

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

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.