From a Seattle Humane News Release.
Moose the dog digs the ceremonial first dirt.
Fitting for the groundbreaking of an animal shelter, Moose, a seven-year-old Labrador Retriever mix, shoveled – or rather dug – the first dirt for a new 57,000 square-foot adoption center, veterinary clinic and shelter facility during a donor celebration Saturday, February 27, 2016, at Seattle Humane in Bellevue.
The new facility will replace old, inadequate buildings on the Seattle Humane campus, which have been “retrofitted, stretched and worked to maximum capacity,” said Seattle Humane CEO David Loewe.
“We’ve literally outgrown our aging facility and, in order to continue fulfilling our mission to save lives and complete families, we need a new home.”
This new home will be located at the current animal shelter off I-90, and will be carefully constructed in stages so Seattle Humane can continue saving lives and adopting animals during the 18-month construction project.
Special care will be taken to mitigate noise and disruption to the animals in their care.
“A safe, efficient, and modern new facility will allow Seattle Humane to save and adopt 10,000 animals a year – 3,000 more than we serve now -- and spay and neuter 5,500 more pets each year to reduce pet homelessness,” said Loewe.
In an alliance with WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, fourth-year veterinary students currently do rotations at the shelter as part of their training, increasing our ability to provide medical care to shelter animals and pets in rescues and shelters with limited resources.
This veterinary training program will expand to include all graduating students when the new building is complete.
Seattle Humane’s capital campaign – dubbed “Animal People Can” - seeks to raise $25 million for construction of a three-story shelter, adoption center, and veterinary teaching hospital set to open in 2017.
Local celebrities – musical artist Macklemore, Felix Hernandez of the Mariners, Megan Rapinoe of Seattle Reign, Steve Hauschka and K.J. Wright of the Seahawks, and Brad Evans and Stefan Frei of the Sounders among them – have joined Animal People Can, and are raising funds and support to help Seattle Humane change the future of animal welfare.
Among the generous donors shoveling the first dirt Saturday were Jim and Bet Schuler, for whom the new medical center will be named; Seattle Humane board chair Chris Falco and former chair John Corby; and campaign co-chairs Kaycee Krysty, Patty Barrier and Daryl Russinovich.
Other major donors at the celebration included Bonnie Towne, co-chair of Tuxes & Tails 2015, Peter B. Stewart, and Kirk Johnson.
A special thanks to James and Roberta Weymouth whose Silver Cloud Hotel hosted the Alpha Circle reception for donors making gifts of $100,000 or more.
During construction, adopters will still come to the shelter at 13212 SE Eastgate Way in Bellevue to adopt a pet.
Administrative, fundraising, marketing and finance staff are temporarily located in downtown Bellevue, and our Pet Food Bank and facilities crew will relocate to Issaquah in coming weeks.
For more information on the Capital Campaign or to make a donation, visit www.animalpeoplecan.org.
To view adoptable animals, visit www.seattlehumane.org.