How can a new building help?
“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
The new 25,680 square foot facility will allow for better services for the animals, volunteers, supporters and the lovers of animals. The impact of our new facility will include:
- Expanded Adoption Services: 75% increase.
- Expanded Animal Housing: 73% increase in capacity for dogs and cats.
- More Humane Education and Outreach: 50% increase in community programs.
- xpanded Veterinary Services: Onsite X-rays, 70% increase in spay/neuter, and the ability to offer low income wellness programs to 750 animals annually.
- Improved Rescue Transfers and Disease Management: 50% increase in rescue transfers from “high kill” facilities, 70% increase for isolation and quarantine capacity, and most importantly to be able to more effectively handle the complex disease and behavior management needs that SICSA faces.
- Expanded Outdoor Space: 5 acres of land for increased outdoor activities with cat and dog runs along with space for more kennels.
For more details, please download our case statement below.
A response to a strategic plan
As a result of multiple-year dramatic growth, in 2013, SICSA’s Board of Directors and Senior Leadership began a strategic planning process which evaluated core areas of service. Our single greatest barrier to our success in all areas of service was our current facility. Born out of a strip mall, and a huge leap over our modest beginnings, the building simply wasn’t constructed to meet today’s standards for an animal care facility. This case statement document shares with you what we learned over the course of that year and the next – SICSA needed a new home so we could help more of our furry friends.
How you can help
Our new home in Washington Township 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.
There are numerous ways you can help us build our forever home. From general donations and pledges, to sponsoring kennels and other various naming opportunities, to uploading a photo of you and your pet to be a part of a permanent display in our new facility. For more information on the various ways to donate, please click below! We, and more importantly, the animals, appreciate your support.