Olympic Peninsula Humane Society Invites Community to “Dig Deep”

Port Angeles, WA ( March 16, 2014) — The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society is inviting the community to catch the vision for a new shelter by joining its “Dig Deep” capital campaign.

Since November , the Humane Society has raised nearly $600,000 of the $1.12 million needed for the project.

“We are so excited to have reached the halfway mark in our fundraising efforts, ” said Linda Crow, capital campaign chair. “We’ve been in the quiet phase of Dig Deep since November and we’ve had a wonderful response from donors who understand how important it is for the Humane Society to move to a new location that will be better for the animals and people of Clallam County.”

The land is located at 1743 Old Olympic Highway and includes 9.5 acres plus several buildings that will be used for sheltering animals, veterinary services and administrative space.  A dog kennel building must be built before the Humane Society can move its operations to the new location.  The new shelter complex will allow OPHS to expand its services and implement new programs to help pet owners.

OPHS paid off the land in 2013 and has been taking preliminary steps towards moving to the property since that time. Lindberg & Smith Architects designed the dog kennel building and will act as project managers. The goal is to use as many local contractors and suppliers as possible to help support the local economy.

The project will be entirely funded through private donations. No public money will be used.

“We are looking at breaking ground this summer, hopefully in June or July, depending on the permitting process and other variables like weather,” said Mary Beth Wegener, executive director of OPHS. “This  eight month project should put us in our new home in early 2015, something the staff and volunteers are very excited about.”

The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society has maintained an active presence in the community since 1947. The Society shelters and cares for animals of all types.  A private, non-profit corporation, the Society is financed primarily by private donations and gifts. No animals are turned away and annually approximately 2,000 animals pass through the doors of the facility. For more information or to volunteer, please call the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society at 360-457-8206.


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