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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.

We've moved into our new home!

Capital campaign and new building update

Doors are open, cats are playing, dogs are barking… come see for yourself what’s got all the animals so excited! 

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014 we officially opened the doors of DHA’s long-awaited Tatiana and Gerret Copeland Animal Care Center to the public. We were thrilled to see so many smiling faces, especially from foster families returning the cats and dogs they took care of during the weeks we were busy moving in and getting organized. A few of those families loved their furry friends so much that they decided to adopt them—it was great to have adoptions on our first day in the new building!

Despite opening to the public, there are still some things to be finished, which will be taking place over the next few months. We have already begun the process of razing the old building in order to convert the area into a much bigger parking area. In the coming weeks, we will have donor bricks, signage, and artwork installed, landscaping will take place, and all the odds and ends that need to be completed to make our new house into a home will be taken care of. In the meantime, we are learning all the ins and outs of the new building.

On Friday, December 5th, we hosted a reception for many of our volunteers, foster families, and other who help us do amazing things for the area’s homeless cats and dogs.

DHA’s Executive Director, Patrick Carroll, noted “This is truly a dream come true for our staff, volunteers, and guests, and especially for the animals in our temporary care. They will finally have heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. They will be able to breathe better, and have more room to roam while they wait for their forever friend. In addition, for the first time in DHA history, we will be able to house special events and programs right here on our campus, next to all of our furry friends.”

Our goal is to have an official Grand Opening sometime in 2015, so stayed tuned for more information by joining our mailing list or keeping an eye on our website and Facebook page.  In the meantime, please stop by for a visit. Who knows, you might just meet your next best friend while you’re here!

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. There are still a few areas of the building that can be named, either for you or a loved one. Most of these locations start at $5,000, but will have a permanent place for thousands of individuals to see over the years.

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!

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]

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