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Forty-three years ago, SICSA was created as an alternative to the traditional animal welfare systems available.  The only “no kill” facility of its kind for more than three decades, SICSA has led the community in redefining animal shelter, adoption, and humane education.

“For years, we have asked the nation to shift its culture from buying possessions to adopting companion animals. We have also challenged what it means to be a responsible pet guardian. The community is responding. As leaders in animal welfare, we have to proactively support this movement and take action. Our Board of Directors, volunteers, staff and donors have been persistent in meeting or exceeding industry standards and best practices. However, our number one barrier to actualizing the full extent of what can be accomplished, has been our building.  The new facility will allow us to fully embrace these shifts and continue to provide innovative, animal and community-centered programming”

~ Nora Vondrell, SICSA Executive Director

In late 2015, after three years of strategic planning and a community-wide feasibility study, SICSA launched the “quiet phase” of their campaign to transform the face of animal adoption and wellness in the Greater Miami Valley region. As a result of leadership gifts from the Board of Directors and other keystone community leaders, SICSA has raised 50% of the $5 million needed to make this pet community center a reality.  As a result, this group is now in a position to share their plans publicly and engage the community in what the next generation of pet adoption and wellness means for Southwest Ohio.

What we are doing

SICSA adopts over 1,600 dogs and cats into loving homes annually and spays/neuters 2,700 animals each year for the community. Over 700 junior and adult volunteers provide more than 23,000 hours of service to SICSA each year. SICSA also provides quality humane education to more than 4,300 children annually. Their Paw Partners Social program brings the joy and comfort of animal companionship to hundreds of residents in nursing homes, cancer treatment centers and community groups; as well as providing socialization for SICSA’s adoptable animals. For more than 40 years, people in the Miami Valley have supported SICSA in a partnership of caring to build a strong, humane community.

How can a new building help?

The new 25,680 square foot facility will allow for better services for the animals, volunteers, supporters and the lovers of animals. This will include:

  • Expanded adoption floor by 73%
  • The ability to quarantine and isolate sections of the space, allowing the facility to exceed disease management best practices
  • Dedicated space and equipment aimed at increasing veterinary capabilities for animals awaiting adoption
  • Increased spay and neuter capacity for low and moderate income families by 65% annually
  • Enhanced community and education programs for children, senior adults, and families
  • 5 acres of land for increasing outside activities including dog and cat runs, kennels and more
  • Allow for the introduction of a Low Income Wellness program to 750 animals annually

How you can help

Our new home in southern Montgomery County will demonstrate to our community the varied and expanded solutions needed today to face our area’s homeless pet population.  We’ve planted a stake in the ground to develop a center to serve our community residents and pet population, but we can’t do it alone. Our hope is that the Miami Valley sees the value in where our Pet Adoption and Wellness Center is headed, and feels inspired to support our mission. Together, we can achieve our vision for finding a home for every dog and cat in our community.

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