Greater Lansing residents can help bring comfort and compassion to homeless and abused animals before they make the journey to their forever homes.
The Capital Area Humane Society recently launched the public and final phase of its Creating Hope, Completing Families capital campaign. The effort seeks to raise $500,000 by Nov. 19 from local residents to reach the campaign’s overall funding goal of $2.5 million.
“We have been so fortunate to receive amazing and impactful gifts during the first phase of the campaign from local foundations, area businesses and community donors,” said Julia Willson, president and CEO of CAHS. “The campaign co-chairs and campaign cabinet join me in thanking these donors for their support. We now invite the broader community to help us complete this campaign effort to provide the highest quality of care to pets in need, while also saving more lives.”
The Creating Hope, Completing Families campaign will fund renovations to the CAHS shelter. Improvements include home-like dog and puppy adoption suites; upgrades to the flooring to reduce the spread of diseases; expansion of the food prep and laundry systems to accommodate the size and scope of the facility’s operations; and enlargement of the space designated for animal enrichment, exercise and play vital to the overall health and well-being of the animals.
“When complete, these renovations will ensure a quality experience for our pets, adoptive families, and the many who volunteer to help with our mission,” said Willson.
CAHS wrapped up the first of its three-phase, 10-year strategic facilities plan in 2017, where it was able to expand its intake department and adoptable cat area, renovate its lobby, and increase the number of homeless pets it can accommodate.
In 2019, it launched the early stages of the Creating Hope, Completing Families capital campaign to create a cruelty prevention department as well as renovate its puppy and dog adoption areas. While fundraising efforts were sidelined during the pandemic, CAHS had secured enough donations to begin construction to renovate a portion of its existing building to house its full-scale cruelty prevention center. The new cruelty prevention center will be completed by the end of this year.
“While the past 18 months have impacted our ability to move forward, we feel it is now time to turn our focus back to realizing our vision and fulfilling our campaign goal,” said Willson. “The Creating Hope, Completing Families campaign will greatly improve the quality of life for our pets by reducing stress, improving overall health, and providing adequate space to socialize and exercise until they meet their forever family.”
Those interested in donating to the Creating Hope, Completing Families capital campaign can visit CAHSCampaign.org.