Above: Architectural rendering of the renovated cat area at the Seattle Animal Shelter, courtesy of SHKS Architects.

 

The Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF) is proud to announce a multi-year commitment to help fund capital improvements at the Seattle Animal Shelter, beginning with a grant of $110,000 raised in 2013 and a pledge to raise an additional $110,000 through private donations in 2014. The grants address the Shelter’s wish to renovate its cat and critter areas.

The announcement comes as the City completes a previously approved capital improvement project funded in part by SASF’s 2012 grant: a major facelift of the Seattle Animal Shelter’s dog kennel area, designed to reduce stress on the dogs, increase adoptability, and improve safety.

Seattle Animal Shelter Executive Director Don Jordan has formally allocated the new SASF funds for cat and critter area renovation. “This marks another milestone in the relationship between the Seattle Animal Shelter and SASF, as we work to advance the Shelter’s position as a progressive animal-welfare organization,” he said. “Together we’re ensuring that every animal in the Shelter’s care has the best accommodations and quality of life possible.”

The renovation plan calls for an extensive upgrade of the current cat rooms and critter area, allowing for more flexible space for these animals. The timeline for renovations is currently in development, with a preliminary estimate of groundbreaking in 2015.

Above: Architectural rendering of the proposed critter area at the Seattle Animal Shelter, courtesy of SHKS Architects.

Above: Architectural rendering of the proposed critter area at the Seattle Animal Shelter, courtesy of SHKS Architects.

 

“We are thrilled that our 2013 grant will help the City to begin planning for this commitment,” said Ivy Cunningham, president of the Board of Directors at SASF. “Public support in 2014 is what will make these plans a reality. We’re counting on the generosity of Seattle’s animal-loving community to get us to the finish line.”

Additionally, SASF has announced a separate 2013 grant of $28,000 to fund quality-of-life improvements at the Shelter, including tablet devices to showcase adoptable animals at community events; a cage nebulizer and supplies for cats in the Shelter’s isolation unit; specialty training and behavioral evaluation for foster dogs and cats; supplies for the critter foster program; food for foster animals with allergies or medical conditions; and pet first-aid classes for volunteers. The grant also supports adoption-fee waivers to encourage adoptions of Shelter animals.

 

Those of us at SASF are truly grateful to our supporters for helping the Seattle Animal Shelter begin to create and fulfill its dream of ample, spacious and flexible housing for the homeless cats and critters in the Shelter’s care. Please consider donating to SASF to help see this vision through to reality.