ESCANABA - Members, staff, and volunteers of the Delta Animal Shelter broke ground on a new facility Wednesday evening.
The shelter announced plans to relocate to a new piece of property they purchased from Tom and Terry Brayak of Bichler Gravel and Concrete earlier this spring. The approximately 7,000 square-foot shelter will be located on a vacant lot spanning nine acres on County Road 426 near NewPage.
The new Delta Animal Shelter facility will be more adoption-friendly with space for potential adopters to spend time with animals. There will also be a procedure room and a room for cats to spend time outside of their cages.
Members, staff, and volunteers of the Delta Animal Shelter pose for a photo during the groundbreaking for a new shelter building Wednesday. The building will be located on nine acres of land on County Road 426 near NewPage. Daily Press photo by Jason Raiche.
Shelter officials say the project also has the potential to incorporate walking trails or a dog park on the property in the future.
Dynamic Design Group, Inc. of Escanaba has been working closely with the shelter to create a usable building layout for the project.
The foundation for the new building is expected to go in as early as next week, according to Delta Animal Shelter Manager Sue Gartland and Delta Animal Shelter President Trish Kidd.
"Right now the only thing we have in contract is the foundation work," said Kidd. "We're going to be waiting until January to re-release for bids for the rest of the building."
The new shelter project will be funded through grant money and private donations, which includes a $20,000 donation made by the Brayaks.
"We know that this will be a huge asset to the animal-loving community and if anybody is looking to help us build this building, we're accepting donations via our website for online donations. We have PayPal on our website or they can mail donations directly to the shelter," said Gartland.
In the meantime, the shelter has several upcoming fundraisers to raise money for their organization, including the 2nd Annual FurRaiser Banquet Dinner on Oct. 24, an already sold-out event held at the Island Resort & Casino.
"It's our biggest fundraiser of the year," explained Gartland. "It generates about 50 percent of our operational expenses."
The shelter is also hosting a pet blessing at 2 p.m. this Saturday and will hold a Run for the Paws 5K Walk/Run at the shelter on Oct. 12. Registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. with the race beginning at 9 a.m.
Kidd and Gartland expressed their thanks to shelter members, staff, and board members for making the project a reality.
"We're just overwhelmed with the support of the community and the dedication of our members," said Gartland. "It takes a lot of people to make this successful and we have a lot of support."
For information on joining the shelter's membership or to donate to the shelter, visit www.deltaanimal.org, call or visit the shelter, located at 6685 N.75 Drive, Escanaba, at 789-0230.