While the Humane Society raises funding for its continued operations, the organization is also collecting donations toward its building campaign. The new location, located near the intersection of Acoma Boulevard and Sweetwater Avenue, will replace the present 40-year-old shelter and consolidate the organization’s veterinary, intake, quarantine and kenneling operations under a single air-conditioned roof.
“The new facility is about 75 percent complete,” Gillmore said. “This will have been our last summer in our old building. We’re going to have all three of our facilities under one roof. New LED lighting should help with our utility bills, and it should pay for itself in three years. A high-tech power-washing system will save a lot of manpower hours … we’re hoping the cost of our operations will decrease after we move.”
Gillmore expects the Humane Society to begin moving to its new location as early as March, but it will be a large undertaking. Donors have raised nearly $1 million toward the new shelter’s renovation and construction over the past three years, but more will be needed to purchase the $2.3 million property.
Donors to the building campaign have included former Lake Havasu City Councilman Dean Barlow, Jeanie McCulloch and of recent note, Havasu resident Nancy Echeverria.
Echeverria has since August donated $200,000 toward the Humane Society’s new building campaign, and has pledged $300,000 more. According to Gillmore, Echeverria has challenged Havasu residents, collectively, to match her donation.