The Battlefords Humane Society has finally reached the point where it can launch a capital campaign for a new building.
The campaign will be publicly launched Sept. 18 with activities from 1 to 7 p.m. at the current animal shelter location at 751 - 114th St., North Battleford.
The day will include a barbecue, tours of the current building and tables to sign up for fundraising and for those looking to donate or to purchase foundation levels (to have their name placed on rooms inside the building) or paw prints.
Shelter co-ordinator Michelle Spark said it was a long road to get to this point.
“We’re ready to start raising money, basically,” said Spark. “It’s been a long time, we’ve been waiting a long time for this.”
Their plans had been adjusted due to COVID-19 and rising costs, with the goal now of reaching a $2 million target.
They already had about $500,000 raised. “We still have a long ways to go and we can’t do it without our community,” said Spark.
The new location is set for Highway 4 North just outside the city limits.
The land has been purchased and a floor plan has been drawn up to show what the new facility will look like, which is available on their website. Some of the money raised already has gone towards that purchase; with the Bill and Betty Heno Fund of the Battlefords and District Community Foundation Inc. sponsoring the purchase in the amount of $100,000 last fall.
Campaign booklets are available at the shelter, and will be available at the campaign launch event. Those seeking information about the capital campaign can go to www.shelterus.ca or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.