DHA's Capital Campaign 2010 - 2015
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.
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
place to “make a friend for life” and will enhance DHA’s ability to
helping make Delaware a No Kill State. Features of the new campus include:
- An increased building size—up from 7,000 to 13,110
- 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
- 10 outdoor exercise yards for dogs
- The “Roverfront Trail” dog walking path, which
loops around the property
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (302) 571-8171 x301.