GUILFORD COUNTY — SPCA of the Triad officials want to build a new no-kill animal shelter that would more than double the current shelter’s capacity, but they need help paying for it.
The nonprofit organization, based in Greensboro, recently launched a $3 million fundraising campaign to build a new 9,000-square-foot shelter for homeless pets, SPCA Vice President Kathy Sterling said.
“We’ve purchased the land for our new shelter off McKnight Mill Road (in Greensboro) that will be able to hold 80 cats and 80 dogs, with runs for both,” Sterling said.
“COVID-19 has undoubtedly changed our fundraising efforts, but not the number of stray cats and dogs that come into our program. Our goal is to find homes for all of them — no matter how long it takes — and we hope people will open their hearts and wallets to help us fulfill that mission through our new building.”
The current shelter, an approximately 1,500-square-foot modular unit off Hines Chapel Road in Greensboro, can hold 30 dogs and 30 cats.
“Our rescue numbers increase each year, but we are strained in our current facility,” Sterling said. “We operate on a small budget and are good stewards of the donations we receive. We want the community to know that every dollar counts and makes a difference in the lives of abandoned, neglected and injured animals that we are dedicated to saving and finding forever homes for.”
According to Sterling, the SPCA helped 760 animals in 2019, and that number is expected to top 800 this year.
The organization, which receives no public or government funding, hosts a number of other programs throughout the year to help prevent pets from becoming homeless in the first place, including a low-cost spay and neuter program and rabies clinic, a food pantry, and a foster program where cats and dogs live temporarily with a host family until they find their permanent home.
So far, the SPCA has raised about $150,000 toward the $3 million goal, Sterling said.
“We won’t start building until we’ve raised at least half the money,” she said. “We just don’t feel comfortable going into serious monthly debt.”
To make a donation to the capital campaign, visit the SPCA of the Triad’s website at www.triadspca.org.