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We are their shelter, You are their future

A Capital Campaign to Build a New Shelter
for the Delaware Humane Association
2010 - 2014

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.

We've moved into our new home!

Capital Campaign Update: Fundraising will continue through 2014 when new DHA home opens

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.

Delaware 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 conversation.

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

Previous Capital Campaign Updates

New shelter construction update

Fundraising will continue through 2014 when new DHA home opens

DHA's new shelter campaign surpasses $3 million in gifts and pledges

Building a new home starts with hard hats, shovels and celebration!

DHA will celebrate 56th Birthday by breaking ground on new shelter

DHA capital campaign construction and fundraising update

Major fundraising milestone reached for DHA's capital campaign

Show your love... Help us build our new shelter

DHA's capital campaign featured in latest newsletter and the media

Letter from the Executive Director: DHA has decided to stay in Wilmington

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]  
paw print iconPaws for Thought Newsletter, feat. Capital Campaign Update (Fall 2012) [PDF]  
paw print iconCapital Campaign Update (Spring/Summer 2012) [PDF]  
paw print iconPaws for Thought Newsletter – Capital Campaign Edition (Spring/Summer 2011)  [PDF]

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