Capital Campaign for Shelter Expansion

Over the past 67 years, the Humane Society of Sarasota County has grown from sheltering 54 animals to housing up to 150 animals each day and 1,800 each year.

We have grown to be the area’s premier no-kill shelter. The momentum generated by our community-enriching programs and services is ushering in a new era for HSSC. While our current facility has served us well for many years, we have reached a point where our infrastructure is limiting our mission. A thoughtful, sustainable expansion will enable us to do more lifesaving work for animals—both now and in the decades to come.

We are launching a capital campaign to renovate and expand our shelter, which will allow us to care for more animals, accommodate more special cases, and grow our outreach and education programs. We take tremendous pride in being the area’s premier no-kill shelter, and with that comes the responsibility to lead by example. Our new facility will serve as the hub for animal welfare in Sarasota and beyond.

This is an exciting time for the Humane Society of Sarasota County, and we hope you will join us as we build the future of the Humane Society of Sarasota County together. 

Project Timeline & Cost

After careful consideration, our Board of Directors has approved plans for the biggest renovation and expansion in HSSC history. The improvements and additions will create an expanded campus for our vital and lifesaving work. Two of our three existing buildings, will be replaced and we will be adding nearly 20,000ft2. We will take great care to salvage all useable fixtures and equipment previously donated. Our project team has studied the latest research and trends in animal welfare, and we have incorporated many amazing innovations into the design. The sustainable design is intended to serve our needs for decades to come.

Construction will be divided into two phases to minimize animal disruption and to allow us time to raise the funds, as we will not be borrowing money. We expect the project to take 18 months and to cost approximately $8,500,000.

Our capacity to serve will grow exponentially with this expansion. The enhanced facilities will allow us to shelter, treat, and find homes for 50% more animals each year.

Like spokes on a wheel, there are many components to creating a community where all animals are cared for and loved: spay/neuter, shelter space, preventive care, affordable medical care, education, food access, training and behavior resources. These are all things we already provide, but we will be able to do even more after the expansion.

Our new facility will be a friendly space where people and animals can interact. With the expanded opportunities for animal welfare and humane education, HSSC will be positioned as a leader in best practices for humane animal care.

Naming Opportunities

This exciting project will create a very special place where animals are saved, where second chances are given, and where people and animals in the Sarasota area come together to help, heal, learn, and love. Our future will be built entirely on gifts from generous people who understand and want to support the needs of animals right here in Sarasota County. Can we count on your help?

 

Shelter Campus $2,000,000   Dog Behavior Evaluation Room $75,000
 Education & Training Center $1,000,000   Donor Recognition Wall  $75,000
 Adoption Area (TAKEN) $500,000    Free-Roaming Cat Rooms/Catios (2) $75,000 ea.
 Dog Wing $500,000    Dog Play Yards (4) $50,000 ea.
 Cat Wing $300,000    "Get Acquainted" Cat Rooms (4) $50,000 ea.
 Animal Receiving & Intake Wing $250,000   "Get Acquainted" Dog Rooms (4)  $50,000 ea.
Shelter Administration Wing $250,000   Staff Suite $50,000
Shelter Surgical & Recovery Wing $250,000   Featured Pet Dorm $35,000
Dog Kennel Pod (3) $150,000 ea.   Cat Enrichment Room (TAKEN) $25,000
Dog Activity Yard for Special Cases $100,000   Volunteer Suite $25,000
Dog Agility Yard $100,000   Wall Murals (4) $25,000 ea.
'Get Acquainted' Dog Yard $100,000   Bench with Plaque (10) $5,000 ea.
Pet Celebration Garden $100,000   Cat Cubbies (42) $5,000 ea.
Bereavement Suite $75,000   Dog Kennels (96) $5,000 ea.
Cat Sick Area & Recovery Suite $75,000   Donor Floor Tiles & Bricks $1,000 ea.

How to Donate

Gifts of Cash
The easiest and most direct way of supporting HSSC’s Capital Campaign is a completely tax-deductible gift of cash.

Gifts of Stock 
Avoid capital gains while taking a full-value deduction on your tax returns by making a gift of highly appreciated stock.

Qualified Charitable Distributions
If you’re over age 70½, you can meet the required minimum distribution from your IRA by making a qualified charitable distribution of up to $100,000 per year; you’ll also lessen your taxable income.

Recurring Gifts
Become a Constant Companion and split your gift into manageable monthly gifts.

Matching Gifts
Many endowment funds and employers offer opportunities to match gifts.

Planned Gifts
Include HSSC in your estate plans and leave a legacy of compassion.

To schedule a tour or learn more about the campaign, please contact Christen Benson, Executive Director, at 941.955.4131 x102. To make an offline gift, please contact Autumn Steiner, Director of Philanthropy, at 941.955.4131 x121. 

THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF SARASOTA COUNTY
2331 15th Street | Sarasota, FL 34237 | 941.955.4131 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
THE ANIMAL CLINIC OF HSSC
1090 North Tuttle Ave | Sarasota, FL 34237 | 941.364.3605 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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