A New Home 4 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:
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 !