“DIG” Deep Capital Campaign





  • New shelter location at 1743 Old Olympic Highway has just over 9 acres
  • The total project consists of the following:
    • Construction of our new dog kennel building
    • Interior modifications to the existing 3 buildings and pole barn to meet our needs
    • Modifications to all buildings to bring them up to commercial-building and ADA codes
    • Installation of a large commercial septic system
    • Site work includes new driveway and parking area
    • Landscaping to satisfy the Conditional Use Permit requirements per Clallam County and to allow us to be “good neighbors” from sight and sound standpoints
    • Possible additional site work consists of stalls for large animals, dog      playground, walking trails through woods, memorial garden
  • Estimated total project cost is $1.46M.  As of 3/30/15 $1.16M has been donated with fundraising to continue throughout 2015.  An additional  $300,000 needs to be raised to complete the project.
  • Hoch Construction of Port Angeles has been chosen as the general contractor.  Construction of the dog kennel building started in mid-December.  A 9-month construction period is anticipated.  As of 2/1/15 concrete footings have been poured, and exterior concrete walls are going up.  The concrete pad, which will include radiant heating for the dog kennel floors, should be poured late March or April.
  • The existing modular buildings will be used for cats, veterinary/surgery, and administration/intake.  Work to modify these structures for our functions should begin in April.  The existing pole barn will be upgraded to be used for animals behavior and training classes open to the public, indoor dog play area, and storage.

If construction is on schedule, we anticipate moving in October.

  • Green Crow donated all of the preliminary site work which greatly reduced the total cost of the project.

The new shelter complex will consists of the following:

    • Dog kennel building – 5500sf
    • Cattery – 1428sf
    • Veterinary/surgery – 816sf
    • Administration and cat intake – 1152sf
    • Pole barn – 3000sf to be used for storage, indoor dog play area, public training and education classes
  • Dog Kennel Building Specifics
    • 5500sf with 40 indoor/outdoor kennels and 9 group runs.  Each kennel is large enough to accommodate more than one dog at a time.  This compares to 28 kennels at the existing shelter.
    • Building will have rooms for evaluation, office, adoption, grooming w/ shower, kitchen, laundry, and storage on main floor and in the mezzanine
    • Heated floors in the kennel areas for comfort, especially the older dogs
    • State-of-art air exchange and ventilation systems to reduce respiratory disease spreading and odors
    • Drains in each kennel for more thorough cleaning
    • Heat exchange system to reduce utility operating costs
    • Baffling throughout to reduce noise
    • Interior hall skylights to naturally brighten areas and reduce lighting costs
  • Our current shelter west of Port Angeles was built in 1958 and has approximately 2500sf.  When we move to the new shelter, the property will be sold.  The proceeds will be used for additional phases construction on the new property.
  • Additional construction is planned for the site in the future.  Phase II will be construction of a permanent cattery and possibly a new veterinary/surgery structure.  Phase III will be a new administration building.  These additional phases will require separate capital campaigns and are part of our multi-year plan.
  • New shelter advantages
    • More central location to better meet the needs of Port Angeles and Sequim residents
    • Shelter our homeless animals in cleaner, healthier, happier environments
    • Provide more pleasant conditions for visitors, volunteers, and staff
    • Allow OPHS to enhance services to our communities with more low-cost spay/neuter, microchip, and vaccination clinics.
    • Provide an area for public education and training classes
    • Add facilities to shelter larger animals, such as horses and other livestock
  • Our existing shelter has served OPHS well for 56 years since 1958.  Our new complex will handle the needs of our homeless animals of Clallam County for that many years or more.  It is a good investment for the future.

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