Dutchess County SPCA Campaign for HOPE
In the Fall of 2006, the DCSPCA embarked upon a capital development program, Campaign for HOPE, Building a Better Future for the Animals, to raise funds for the design, construction, and outfitting of an Adoption and Education Center on the current DCSPCA campus.
Design plans were developed for a 15,000 sq. ft. facility, which will be built into the contours of the landscape, complimenting the natural beauty of the DCSPCA property.
Animal housing accounts for 60% of the new building. Dogs will be housed in a more home-like environment. This flexible canine housing will allow for double occupancy for dogs that are compatible. Enrichment rooms for dogs will provide room for training and much-needed exercise in inclement weather. Cats will occupy spaces that allow for jumping and climbing in colorful free-range rooms that will have perimeter windows for sun perching.
Administration and Conference areas account for 25% of the new building. In addition to administrative offices, this space will provide a conference room to be used for community education purposes, as well as meeting space. Our P.A.W.S. (Proper food in the proper amount, Attention, Water, Shelter) Program serves to educate more than 3,000 community members each year, many of whom are local schoolchildren. The availability of this conference space will allow for on-site hosting of additional educational programs for the Dutchess County community.
Entry and Reception will account for 15% of the new building. Potential adopters as well as the general public will have the ability to view dogs, cats, and other small animals from the new lobby, and will have computer access to view and read biographical information about all of the animals available for adoption at the DCSPCA. Adoption counselors will provide guidance and education for potential adopters as they search for their new best friend.
The DCSPCA Adoption & Education Center project will have an environmentally-friendly focus.
The project will incorporate “green” methods in the construction of the building, and reusable and sustainable energy resources will be identified for use within the facility.
The Dutchess County SPCA will be the first animal shelter to incorporate the use of an Artificial Wetlands to support the septic and storm water needs of the entire facility. This innovative system will be constructed so as to emulate and maximize the natural biochemical processes known to occur in natural wetland systems. Artificial Wetland Treatment Systems minimize the need for electricity, chemicals, and labor as compared to a traditional mound system. This process utilizes natural systems known to work well in nature. Artificial Wetlands are more environmentally friendly. They often serve as wildlife habitat, and cleaner effluents can be recycled or used to recharge depleted groundwater resources or for irrigation.
The DCSPCA will seek planning board approval of the entire Master Plan to facilitate future growth. Upon the completion of Phase I, the DCSPCA will focus on plans for Phase II of the Master Plan: the complete renovation of the existing shelter facility.
Give HOPE. The Campaign for HOPE fundraising initiative began with a lead gift of more than $687,000 donated to the DCSPCA in December 2006. This discretionary gift from the estate of a local doctor was directed to the DCSPCA by the estate’s Executor, a local attorney and community leader.
Gifts to Campaign for HOPE, Building a Better Future for the Animals may be made by a pledge payable over a three-year term. Many donors find that a multi-year pledge best enables them to give a gift in keeping with their interests and desires. Pledges may be paid quarterly, semi-annually or annually, and may be redeemed by cash, check, or securities payments. There are many naming opportunities available to recognize your donation to this important project. Through the DCSPCA Campaign for HOPE you can make an investment in your community and help the homeless animals in need.
Please help the Dutchess County SPCA build
a better future for the animals.
CONTACT: Joyce Garrity, Executive Director • 845-454-5345 ext. 107 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Dutchess County SPCA, 636 Violet Avenue, Hyde Park, NY 12538