Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design Issues Up to $12,000 in Matching Grants
Up to $86,000 in Matching Grants Have Been Awarded to Animals Shelters to Fund Needs Assessments
CINCINNATI, OH – The Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design announced three animal shelters have been awarded matching grants to conduct needs assessments and/or fund architectural drawings. Each animal shelter has been awarded a matching grant of up to $4,000.
Brown County Humane Society in Nashville, IN was awarded a matching grant of up to $4,000 for a needs assessment with Shelter Planners of America for design of a new facility. The current building is 30 years old and not suitable for renovation. Additionally, at just 4,900 square feet the facility lacks appropriate space for dogs, cats and people as there is no isolation area, small cat cages and no adoption meeting space. Space is also needed to separate the clinic room from the staff and volunteer rooms as well allow educational programs to be offered.
4 Paws 4 Life Animal Rescue and Boarding in Sedalia, CO was awarded a matching grant of up to $4,000 for a needs assessment to determine the best option for creating space for nursing litters. As the current facility is 30 years old with 60 kennels, the firm will help determine if there is room in the current facility or if a new building is needed.
Foothills Humane Society, Inc. in Columbus, NC was awarded a matching grant of up to $4,000 for a needs assessment to build a new facility. The no-kill open admission shelter is contracted to take in all dogs and cats in the county with a 27-year-old facility that is only 2,835 square foot. The first phase of the "New Digs for Dogs" campaign includes tearing down the lower elevation outdoor kennel to design a new enclosed building with heat, air-conditioning and flooring slanted at the correct pitch for 12-16 kennels. The new facility would also have intake and isolation, including space for nursing moms/puppies in larger, safer kennels to prevent the spread of disease.
"An important first step when planning to build a new facility or remodel is conducting a needs assessment and obtaining professional architectural plans to provide a foundation for what is needed to meet the needs of the community as well as gain additional funding support," said Greg Taylor, Executive Director of the Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design. "Matching grants from the Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design help shelter and rescue organizations fund this critical part of the process."
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