The Bark & Meow
Brighter Days Ahead - The New Shelter
The board members of the Chequamegon Humane Association (CHA), volunteers & staff have been tiredlessly working for years toward acquiring and/or building a new shelter to house the residents of CHA. It has been and continues to be both a frustrating and extremely rewarding process to say the least.
Progress may appear to be painfully slow, not for lack of effort, but just simply because these things take time. We had a lot of hurdles to overcome. A couple of locations we had selected didn't work out so time was lost in those efforts. For the most part, it seemed like the new shelter was never going to happen. The apparent calmness reminded us of ducks, "resting" in the water. What we don't see is the constant paddling beneath the surface. Which brings us to today, all that paddling is finally reaching tangible results. We are happy to report we have acquired a new piece of property to house the new Chequamegon Humane Association. We have secured the necessary zoning permits and contracted with local firm C&S Design & Engineering, Inc. to help us with the design and construction of our new shelter. In the coming months we expect to break ground and begin construction of the new shelter. We of course will keep you all posted.
In other words, we are happy to report there are brighter days ahead for the people and animals at CHA. This new facility will provide a pleasant and safe environment for people to work in and volunteer and a humane environment for the animals who will temporarily reside there.
Our current building with all it's shortcomings has given us all it has to give. We just fix and patch and trouble shoot issues as they arise and pray the building has one more winter to give us before we say good-bye to it one last time. The worst kept secret in all of Chequamegon Bay is how badly and desperately we need a new facility.
Of course, we cannot do it alone. Just like we haven't survived these years alone in a vaccum - we have made it because of your support and generosity. We're going to need your support now, more than ever. Achievement of this goal will be a team effort. Rest assured, when we are done, our community will have a facility we can all be proud of. We will have a facility you will want to visit, work in, adopt, and/or volunteer.
Know that we are more energized than ever. More determined to see this through and now that we can see our efforts begining to give fruit, we will continue to push forward to make this dream a reality. So hang in there with us just a little bit longer as you have for all these years.
In the meantime, if you want to make a donation towards the building fund, you can send your check to CHA indicating Building Fund in the memo field. You can also make a credit card or paypal donation here through our website or on facebook by pressing the donate button. You can also help us by participating in many of our upcoming events like the Power of the Purse, May 7 or the Strut Your Mutt, May 21.
Thank You from the bottom of our hearts!
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