Armed with a $500,000 state grant and nearly $325,000 in additional individual and foundation funds, the Warwick Valley Humane Society (WVHS) has launched a capital campaign to raise the remaining funds needed to build a $1.5 million state-of-the-art animal shelter. The new facility will address years of severe overcrowding and inadequate infrastructure that has hampered the organization’s ability to provide adequate shelter and supportive services for hundreds of rescued dogs, cats and other animals.
The WVHS provides services to Warwick, Chester, and Tuxedo, an area, collectively, over 179 square miles and populated by nearly 50,000 people. WVHS serves as 24/7 Animal Control for Warwick and Chester and provides impoundment services for Tuxedo.
The WVHS received the $500,000 grant from the NYS Companion Animal Capital Fund Grant program in January. It was the highest award possible through the competitive grant program, which is the first state-funded program of its kind in the nation. It is administered by the NYS Office of Agriculture and Markets.
In 2018, the WVHS rescued 341 domestic animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and roosters, plus another 45 assorted injured and orphaned wildlife. A wide range of services was provided to these rescues including: shelter, medical treatment, redemption and adoption of domestic and farm pets, and transport to NYS licensed wildlife rehabilitators.
WVHS President Suzyn Barron said that the WVHS hopes to raise the needed funding from a combination of donations, event revenue, and grant awards. Upcoming fundraising events includes their second partnering with Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center for the spectacular “Sunset at Winslow” to be held on Sat., Jun. 15. This is their biggest fundraiser of the year. Also in the planning stages are “Fore the Animals,” a golf outing in May and “WOOFstock,” a battle of the bands event in June.
For more information or to donate, call 986-2473 or visit www.wvhumane.org.