A New Home 4 the Animals!

$5,615 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 83 people in 20 months
Katy Goodman
on behalf of Ken Muckala
Friends of Animals is a small, 501(c)3 nonprofit animal shelter in Cloquet Minnesota.  We have outgrown our current shelter and our current building is wearing out. What we really need is a building that increases our space, and also provides us the opportunity to remodel it to better serve our animals' needs.  The ideal new shelter would include an upgraded air filtration system with a separate air system in the medical rooms; room to house the sick animals separate from the healthy animals; room to house the available and non-available animals in separate areas; more inside and outside exercise areas for the dogs; better laundry and washing facilities;  better drainage in the kennels; consistent heat and cooling throughout the buillding; more storage space for food and other necessities; and less crowding for all the animals.  

We have been in our current building since 1991.  

It was never intended for use as an animal shelter, but has served us well.  But now it is just simply wore out.  All winter we battle frozen pipes that leak or burst.  We have limited water sources and an inadequate drainage system.  Trim and molding is falling off of walls, and the exterior and interior metal walls are literally rusting away.  The electrical supply is limited, to the point we can't use a microwave and toaster at the same time without losing power.  Heating and cooling the front half of the building is hit or miss; either too cold or too hot.  In the winter months we use electric space heaters to keep the cat rooms warm.  The flooring is worn and coming apart, and storage is inadequate to house pallets of cat litter and animal food.  We have very poor ventilation, often causing us to use fans and open doorways for circulation, contributing to illness, especially in cats.  A few months ago our large, double utility sink actually fell off the wall!!  So we patch things up and continue on as best we can.  But patches only go so far.

We have dreamed of a better facility for the animals, and it is almost within our reach.  And you can help make this dream come true for those hundreds of animals that come through our doors by helping us fund the remodeling. The new potential building has been used as the old license bureau and human services of cloquet, so it needs a lot of construction before we can move the animals in.

We hope to move in before the end of the year, so are collecting funds now to start the remodeling as soon as possible.

The people that work at our shelter all have passionate hearts when it comes to the animals.  They do so much with so little.  A new facility with the above mentioned remodeling would mean the world to them, and help to facilitate more animals finding a loving forever home.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who can help us regardless of the size of the donation.   Every penny goes a long way toward better animal care.

Again, thank you so much for your time and generosity!!

Here is what our new building will look like when 100% finished:

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As many of you all know we moved into our new facility at the beginning of May 2017 while we were still undergoing the last minute touches. It has been a hectic, fun, exciting, stressful, but very eventful year! We want to give all our amazing donors, volunteers and staff a HUGE thank you for everything because if it wasn't for them we wouldn't be where we are today!

Our new building is everything we could have asked for and more. However we went way over budget and as much as we were trying to avoid having a mortgage that unfortunately didn't happen. So our campaign is still ongoing as we are trying to "Fire up and Burn" this mortgage !
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In less than 2 weeks we'll be in our new shelter! Now more than ever, we need your help with this project. Make a donation to support the new shelter so we can be free of construction debt - we're close, but we need the people and business community's help! Does your employer match funds? Could you host a root beer float sale at school or work and donate funds? Make an online donation. Pass the plate. We are the community's shelter and we love it when the community comes together to show their support. Have some fun with this - and thanks for the helping paw! I have attached a few photos that are an example of what our new facility will look like with this update!
Model of Cat viewing rooms
Model of front reception
Model of Building
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We finally have a date for the move to our new facility ! We hope to be all moved in by May 1st of 2017! Renovations on the new facility start this week and we are all getting very excited. Thank you all so much for all of your support during this journey! Stay tuned for more updates :)
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Here is a picture of our New Home for the Animals ! Every donation counts so please share !
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Diane Ege
20 months ago

Our address is 1418 Highway 33 South, Cloquet MN 55720

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Holly McLean
20 months ago

What is the address? Thanks.

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$5,615 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 83 people in 20 months
Created June 17, 2016
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Britta Koch
1 month ago

Because you kept Buddha until we could find her and give her a forever home.

Karen Draeger
2 months ago

In honor of Margaret Mell, co-founder of FOA, on today - her birthday!

Duane Van Dresar
3 months ago

In memory of Doopies, Yeah Boo and The Wook. We miss you all so very much. Love Van and Yo Bug

5 months ago
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Lisa McCorison
7 months ago

Thank u for all u do!

Diane Ege
20 months ago

Our address is 1418 Highway 33 South, Cloquet MN 55720

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Holly McLean
20 months ago

What is the address? Thanks.

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