Lots of Progress to Report for WAIF’s New Shelter!

07.16.14 | WAIF

WAIF long ago embarked on its journey to realize its dream for a new facility. The current county building was never intended to be WAIF’s permanent home. However, we’ve made do for more than twenty years making minor repairs and compromised modifications until we could have a home to call our own for homeless pets and our community.

Now we are happy to announce that we have made significant progress toward our vision of a new shelter!

Much is happening on the new shelter site in Coupeville:

Our Annex building is fully operational and is proving to be a terrific temporary site for WAIF’s administrative and capital campaign staff. We have hosted community meet-and-greets, volunteer trainings and appreciation events, prospective donor presentations, and internal board and staff meetings from this centralized location. Once the new shelter is complete, the Annex will then serve as an education, meeting, and training facility. In the meantime, feel free to stop by and visit us at the Annex to learn more about this special project.

The Kettles Trail extension from Jacobs Road past our new shelter site to Rhododendron Park Road is complete! Walkers, runners and bicyclists can safely visit us by using the Kettles Trail extension.

The new shelter project team reviewed all final bids in late May and selected P&L Construction of Oak Harbor as the general contractor for the main shelter building.

Groundbreaking is taking place late July!

Much is happening with the New Shelter Campaign:

We have reached 78% of our $3,800,000 goal! Up from 62% just two months ago and we continue to move forward at a steady pace. We have several verbal commitments that are anticipated in the coming weeks and we feel confident that with continued hard work we will reach our ultimate goal. Note that all contributions to the new shelter campaign must be clearly marked for ‘WAIF New Shelter.’ This will direct the funds into an account that is restricted to pay only new shelter expenses.

The Tag the Wall fundraising campaign is generating increased awareness of and donations for the overall new shelter effort, and the public loves the cat vs.dog competition. As of July 11, dogs have taken the lead!

We have recently confirmed the reservation of several naming opportunities for the new shelter and have many wonderful naming opportunities still available. Please let us know if a naming opportunity may be of interest to you or someone you know.

Fundraising for Operations at WAIF:

We are also truly thankful that donations to our daily operating fund (marked for ‘WAIF’) continue strong even while we continue to actively attract funding into the capital campaign.

Thousands of generous donors help us annually, quarterly and/or monthly by giving unrestricted funds to WAIF. With our government contracts providing only 21% of our daily operating needs and our fees structure only covering another 5%, WAIF must look to our community for much of our ongoing operations support. Fortunately, our three (3) thrift stores – one in Oak Harbor, one in Freeland and our newest BaRC Re-tail at the Coupeville transfer station – bring in another 19% of our annual revenue needs. Our annual Spring Fling fundraiser combined with generous cash and in-kind donations from the community throughout the year do the rest!

Our supportive Whidbey community is special:

WAIF is both pleased by, and grateful for, the incredible support and enthusiasm that our community is demonstrating for the new shelter project. Your generosity and shared vision is what will make this project a reality for the entire Whidbey community in the very near future. For that, we extend to you our most sincere appreciation.

How to reach us:

If you have any questions, would like to find a time to visit the site, or know of others you would like to see supporting the project, we are always available. Contact Claire at the Campaign Office at (360) 221-0321 or newshelter@waifanimals.org.

Donate today!

Visit our new shelter page at www.waifanimals.org/new and make a donation to help build WAIF’s future for homeless pets!

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