BENTON HARBOR The Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan is pulling up roots and moving to a new facility. The following release from the shelter explains the reasons behind the move.
The Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan has outgrown their 1950’s era facility located at 641 S. Crystal Avenue in Benton Township and will build a new shelter on its recently purchased five acre property in Royalton Township on M-139, approximately one half mile north of John Beers Road. The Humane Society is expanding its mission of providing food, shelter, medical care, and adoption services to the ever growing population of homeless animals in Southwestern Michigan. The board of directors has selected Pearson Construction Company of Benton Harbor as their Design Builder for the project. Pearson, with the assistance of TERA Architects, their in-house architectural firm, will begin design immediately and break ground on the new shelter as soon as fundraising has reached its preliminary goal of $2 million dollars.
“Our primary concern is the welfare of the animals”, stated Executive Director Jill Svoboda. “Our facility is simply outdated and we just can’t provide the environment and level of care for our animals that we feel is necessary at our current shelter, so we opted to build a new one”.
The new facility will be a vast improvement over the current shelter. The main focus will be on providing comfortable and adequate space for the animals, with separate quarters, community rooms, and a meet and greet areas for dogs and cats. There will also be a designated animal intake entrance and room, veterinarian exam room, medical and isolation wards, training rooms, offices, public restrooms, and a multipurpose room for volunteer training and special events.
The Humane Society receives no financial support from taxes, dog license revenue, government agencies, or national humane organizations. They rely solely on fundraising efforts, donations, memorials, fees, grants, and planned giving gifts to keep their facility operational. This requires ongoing and continuous fundraising efforts. “We are kicking off our formal Building Fund Capital Campaign with the new year on January 1, 2014”, stated Don Blackmond, treasurer and president of the board of directors. “We are encouraged by the interest of our current supporters and contributors, but we know we have a long way to go to reach our goal”.
The Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan, located at 641 S. Crystal Ave in Benton Harbor is a unique shelter in many ways. The Humane Society does not euthanize animals and became a no kill facility in 2008. Unlike most shelters, they provide each and every animal with a comfortable environment and daily exercise. They start each animal on its way to a healthy “new life” by providing medical exams, standard vaccinations, and routine blood tests. The dedicated and compassionate staff and volunteers pride themselves in finding “forever homes” for all of the adoptable pets. When selecting “forever homes,” the staff is diligent in searching for the best suitable home for each animal through the adoption application process. Please visit their website at www.humanesocietyswm.org or stop by the shelter and OPT TO ADOPT!!