We are thrilled to announce that we broke ground on the new Key West shelter on Stock Island on November 30. Our community rallied tremendously to this cause to build and equip the shelter our local pet owners and their animals deserve.
As of October 2016, we have raised $7.7 million in cash and pledges. The final contracted amount for construction is $6.8 million. An additional $1.6 million will be needed to complete the project and includes architect and engineering fees, permitting fees, landscaping, fixtures and equipment (including a clinic), bringing the grand total to $8.4 million. This number is based on a facility only slightly bigger than what we have now, is hurricane resistant, compliant with all codes and laws, and most importantly, provides a safe, modern facility for the animals and the humans who care for them now and for many years to come.
Anyone who has ever visited the existing shelter is very clear on why we need a new one! The current shelter is cramped, outdated, exposed to the heat and rain, apt to flood from a good rain passing by, and has far too little space for the animals we care for and the staff and volunteers who do the caring daily. Our community needs a new, modern, clean, healthy shelter complete with adequate kennel space and office space.
The board of directors created a plan, invited a group of community leaders to serve as a capital campaign committee and both groups are working diligently to raise the funds needed to build a new shelter that provides clean, safe space (and much more of it) to care for the animals.
The new shelter will be located just down the street from our existing shelter, adjacent to the new business terminals on the City of Key West property adjacent to Gerald Adams Elementary School. The new 20,000 square foot shelter will provide many more kennels for cats and dogs, a new veterinary clinic to care for the animals, and bring many of the current functions completed in the elements safely under one roof.
We hope you will learn more about our new shelter and get involved to support our efforts. Please see the naming opportunities page for more information.