Shelter Expansion Will Be Ready for Cat Adoption Celebration on January 16th
An expansion is busily underway in Lake Panasoffkee at our Humane Society/SPCA since late December thanks to the generosity and recognition of GreaterGood.org and RescueRebuild.org.
This project will be completed in time for the public Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, January 16th. All are invited from 10am-2pm to see how we are steadily growing in our efforts to better serve more animals in need. The main event, recognizing the new Kitty Kottage and Quarantine areas, will promote a “One Day Only – Half Price Cat Adoption Day” where more than 50 cats and kittens will be available for adoption.
Dogs and other animals will also be available for adoption during the special event. HS/SPCA Director and event co-organizer, Gloria Litman, strongly encouraged “Interested adopters to submit applications online or in person ahead of time so that they are pre-approved and can go home that day with their new best friends.”
This special project also has its own significance as it marks Rescue Rebuild’s and Greater Good’s 100th Rebuild!
For our rescue, it all began from a $15,000 grant request to better serve our many cats via a quarantine holding area that would separate the cats from the dogs. This was submitted to GreaterGood.org, an international non-profit working to protect people, pets and the planet. One of their sponsored programs since 2012 is Rescue Rebuild, a non-profit comprised of volunteer students who donate their time, skills and compassion towards the refurbishing of smaller shelters all under the direction of Co-Founder Bryna Donnelly.
Ms. Donnelly explains:
Rescue Rebuild originated from the Animal Lifeline Club at the Delaware Valley University in PA with the goal to become the equivalent of Habitat for Humanity for animals. These conscientious students, at their own expense, commit to chosen projects for approximately two weeks of their holiday breaks, all in order to help save lives of the too many homeless animals across our country. They receive no college credit or financial restitution while only their travel and hotel expenses are covered. They simply do it to make the world a better place one shelter/one community at a time.
Ms. Donnelly added that “this project deserved some extra touches to really make the most of the 100th Rescue Rebuild and has actually exceeded the original contribution to over $30,000 in value. We have been pleased to add on some extras for the dogs too such as the agility course structures for them to gain enrichment and exercise. It has all been well worth the effort!”