3rd Annual Give a Dog a Home Gala

Thank you to everyone who attended the 3rd Annual Give a Dog a Home Gala held at the Dallas World Aquarium Oct 13, 2012. The event was a huge success with $60,000 raised for the new Adoption Facility.

Thank you to the event’s premiere sponsor Arthur Benjamin, founder of American Dog Rescue. Arthur helped raise even more money for CCHS through his gift matching program! Roy and Kristine Mohr with Spec’s Wine Spirits and Finer Foods donated all of the wine and beer for the event and held a fund raiser just before the event selling hot dogs at their Dallas location to raise $400 for CCHS! Our Silver Sponsor, CCHS fosters Phil and Silvana Smith have always been amazing supporters of CCHS. We thank you Smith Family for always being there to help fur kids in need and fuel our fundraising efforts.

Our Bronze sponsor Platinum Pet Memorial Service located in McKinney, TX. PPMS helps ease the stress of the bereavement process for families grieving the loss of a beloved pet. Thank you to Capital One Bank’s Plano location for sponsoring the $1,000 Visa Gift Card raffle that was donated back to CCHS by the winner, Arthur Benjamin.

Thank you to Novoworks and Inlight Gobo Lighting for donating all of the signs and lighting for the event!

Paradise for Paws also donated a week stay at their luxurious report complete with doggie pedicures, massages, a bone shaped pool and airport transfer to and from the day care!

Of course the night would not have been complete without the Justice Award presentation from last years winner Animal Rescue Corps to this years winner Texas Humane Legislative Network. To end the night, doggie gear donated by PetsMart was given to all of the guests along with gift bags and VIP guests received wine and additional parting gifts.

We thank you all for your support and we look forward to seeing you all next year!

Molly Peterson

View a slide show of pictures from the event.

CCHS Merger with Rockwall Adoption Center!

As you all know, CCHS has been working with the City of Rockwall to apply for a privatization contract. We passed through two interviews and a 27 page application before being offered the job on 6/13! CCHS won the bid over two other organizations and we are thrilled about what this means for the growth of our organization! Before being able to go public about the Privatization contract I had to go before City Council last night to present our proposal and budget for the facility. The Council passed the bid unanimously!!!

So, Im sure you are wondering, “what does this mean for CCHS.” CCHS will assume responsibility of intake, adoption and vetting of the animals at the Rockwall AC. We will have a part time vet on staff to fully vet all dogs before they are adopted. The funding for this project is coming from the City of Rockwall. The current Animal Control Officers will continue their work for the city capturing and securing stray animals. RAS currently is technically a no-Kill adoption facility with a 90% live outcome. Animals are currently only PTS if they are aggressive or the vet deems them beyond medical care therefore humane EU is the best option for the pet.

CCHS will absorb their volunteer/foster base and use that support to help run the Rockwall adoption events and care for the animals at RAS. We will also work to move pets into other rescue groups and the CCHS Foster program. The accounting and intake will be done separately from our current operations; therefore CCHS should not see any adjustment/movement in our program. Once we get the contract details worked out, we will let everyone know our proposed start date (current estimate is 30 days).

Currently there are 3 part time employment opportunities available ($14/hr with a 30 hr week). If you are interested in the part time positions, please stay tuned for application details over the next 2 weeks. This does not deviate from our current plans for the CCHS Adoption Facility. In fact, this will only help strengthen our program and better prepare us for running the facility that we have all been working tirelessly to achieve. The city has proposed bonus incentives to CCHS if we come in under budget. This income will go towards the CCHS Adoption Facility plans. If you have any questions, please let me know!! We are very excited about this venture and hope that it will be a wonderful way to save more pets in the DFW area and help raise awareness about CCHS!

Molly Peterson
President/Director CCHS
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Follow up – City Council Meeting

The April 10th City Council meeting was met with a packed house at the Wylie Municipal Complex. We presented our product and research as to how this can benefit the community. Upon completion of our presentation we made a motion to withdraw our petition for rezoning. This decision was made because our product is a Community involved facility. In order for us to succeed we need the community to support us and have a clear understanding of the plans for the facility. It was clear to us that the details of our plans and benefits to the community did not have the support that we felt was needed for success at the time of the April 10th meeting. We wanted to take the time at the City Council meeting to present our plans to the public and work to find another location that would be better suited for our needs; therefore at this time the item has been tabled while we pursue other options.

We thank you all for your tireless support and work for CCHS. We are confident that we will gain the support of the community and find a better property for our needs in the weeks to come.

Please stay tuned for updates on our plans and progress here forward! If you have any questions, you can send them to Pres@CollinCountyHumaneSociety.org.

Presentation Outline from Wylie Neighborhood meeting on April 4th

Welcome!

Questions & Answers 

Wylie RE ZONING
S of E Brown St & E of Kreymer Ln 

Q: Who is CCHS and what is the proposed plan?

* CCHS is a nonprofit 501c3 Dog Rescue Organization, Est. 2008
*Over 85 foster homes and over 120 volunteers
* Adoption Facility to house fully vetted and temperament tested dogs and cats
*The facility will also have grooming, boarding, a fenced dog park, vet and dog training

Q: What is the projected time frame?

*Aug 2015 is the goal start date
*CCHS will not build the property until 100% of the funds to build and maintain the property are secured

Q: What is the budget for this project?

PHASE

CONDITIONED AREA

AREA PER PHASE

PERCENT

COST PER PHASE

Estimated Build Time

Phase 1

6,758

sq ft

6,758

sq ft

0.67

$2,671,100

9 mo

Phase 2

10,120

sq ft

3,362

sq ft

1.00

$1,328,900

6 mo

Phase 3

14,200

sq ft

4,080

sq ft

1.40

$1,612,600

6 mo 

Q: What do we plan to do with animals that are dumped on our property?

*Security cameras and signs stating that Animal Dumping is not allowed and Violators will be prosecuted
*Secure Animals in Quarantine Area
*Absorb dogs/cats into our foster program or another rescue group

Q: What benefit does this facility have to Wylie?

* 70 construction jobs, 26 operational jobs and countless volunteer opportunities
*The low cost Spay/Neuter program
*People will visit our Dog Park and facility then stop at gas stations, restaurants and shops to buy items in Wylie
*The park will serve as a place for your dogs to have safe/controlled exercise
*Birthday parties, Scouting Groups and schools can use and visit our facility
*Training, vetting, boarding and grooming will be easy to access

Q: How do we plan to manage the light pollution?

* We will take every measure to ensure that the requests from the citizens to keep the lighting as low as possible (and within the city’s ordinance) is achieved.

Q: How do we plan to manage the barking of the dogs at the facility?

*All Animals will be housed inside
*Fencing is cinder block for safety and to serve as a noise barrier
*Landscaping and four lane road will serve as a buffer
*Sound proofing material in the walls

Q: How many animals will the facility house?

* Max 78 Adoptable dogs
*16 cats Adoptable cats
*75 dogs for public boarding

Q: What safety measures are in place to ensure the dogs are secured?

*The dogs are all secured in indoor runs behind a series of doorways
*The play yards are all supervised and only accessed behind another set of doors
*The dogs are also all well socialized, fully vetted, friendly and non aggressive dogs that have lived in foster homes and passed our screening process

Q: Will dangerous or stray dogs be housed at the facility?

*No, the dogs will have all lived in foster homes, been fully vetted and temperament tested
*85 foster homes, 75 have kids and at least two other dogs living in their home

Q: We already have a shelter, why do we need this facility?

* The proposed adoption facility is not Animal Control
*CCHS takes in dogs from Euthanasia lists at shelters and we bring them into foster homes
* We complete routine spay/neuter, microchip, HW test, vaccinations and then if needed, we have them treated for any other health issues

Q: Will dogs be outside?

*Five outdoor play yards with supervised and limited access when weather permits
* The facility will close at 6pm therefore no dogs will be outside after 6pm
*Cinder blocks therefore safety and noise will not be of concern to anyone outside of the play yards

Q: What is the land currently zoned and what does the Ag/30 PD change mean?

*The change in zoning that CCHS is applying for will change it from Ag/30 to Ag/30 with Planned Development (three Phases to our plans)
*This change will not affect anything outside of this 10 acre lot and is specific to our build plans
*The change in zoning stays with the land

Q: What is the benefit of having a dog park?

* A majority of the land is not build able space due to easements and power lines so we felt that our plans make great use of the land given that the majority of the open space can be used as a public dog park to serve the community
*Dog parks make your community safer by offering a secure area for dogs to play and socialize, without getting in the way of others.
*Socialization between pets typically makes for calmer, less aggressive animals, which means they are less likely to attack
*Behavior problems are the number one reason pets are brought to shelters or abandoned
*Reduce the amount of behavioral issues, such as barking and digging that lead many to give away their pet 

Q: Why this location?

*This lot fits our needs based on price and the fact that it is currently zoned Ag/30 therefore we are still able to board the animals as the land has been used since as far back as records provide
*This is an area of the city showing great signs of growth we want to help the community by bringing in more awareness and revenue
*This change in zoning will serve as a benefit to the community
*With Brown St widening, the site lends to fit the development of a non residential building
*This is the best use for this piece of land given the road widening, power lines, easements, creek and expansion of Wylie
*The property has been on the market for 10 years
*This proposed plan is a community involved development and is best served when located in close proximity to the families and homes that we will service
*Our facility will bring in revenue to the city of Wylie indirectly and directly

Questions and Answers RE Wylie RE ZONING – Brown St

Due to the high volume of questions we have had relation to our plans to re-zone and build on the property located S of E Brown St and E of Kreymer Ln, we have started this Q & A page to help serve as a factual way to communicate some of the concerns/questions that have been brought to our attention. If you have any further questions, please email: Pres@CollinCountyHumaneSociety.org

Q: Who is CCHS and what is the proposed plan?
A: CCHS is a non profit 501c3 Dog Rescue Organization. Our mission is to provide assistance to dogs and cats who have been abused, neglected and abandoned. We are brought together by the common belief that it is our community’s responsibility to help give adequate care and attention to animals in need of permanent homes and veterinary assistance. CCHS currently has over 85 foster homes and over 120 volunteers. If approved, the Adoption Facility will house dogs and cats who have been fully vetted, temperament tested and lived foster homes. The dogs will stay at the facility for 45 days max and then rotate back into foster care if they are not adopted.  In addition to the adoption program, the facility will also have grooming, boarding, a fenced dog park, and dog training. The facility will house a vet on site for the public low cost spay neuter programs and more. With the current widening of Brown St we feel that this location will serve as a great place to service the animals and the community of Wylie.

Q: What do we plan to do with animals that are dumped on our property?
A: We will have security cameras and signs stating that Animal Dumping is not allowed and Violators will be Prosecuted. If animals are still dumped on the property, having a building will enable us to work to transition those animals into our foster program and move dogs to the Facility that are ready for adoption. If there is no space in CCHS foster homes or the facility then we have a large network of  other rescue groups that we will work with to take in the animals that were abandoned by their owners.

Q: How do we plan to manage the barking of the dogs at the facility?
A: The facility will house all of the animals inside. There are five play yards available for the dogs to utilize on nice days in small groups. For the safety of the animals and the employees the number of dogs in the play yards and required supervision will be strictly enforced. The four small play yards can have 1-4 dogs and the larger adoption play yard can have  1-8 dogs at a time.  Three play yards are on the back of the property and two play yards face the street. All of the play yards will have cinder block walls used as a sound barrier and to decrease the external stimulation of the dogs. The landscaping will also serve as a buffer for sound as it has been proven to keep noise levels to a min. After 6pm there will be no dogs outside so barking will not be an issue after business hours.

The material that the walls of the facility are made of will help to ensure that all of the noise inside the building, stays inside the building. We have taken measures to run sound testing, research other facilities similar to our building plans and adjust our plans accordingly to ensure that all of the building material is the best materials used to contain sound inside the building.

Q: What happens if the building is built and maintenance funding fails?
A: We have been researching and planning for the selection of land and the proposed facility for 2 years. The plans are constructed in a way to ensure the financial stability of the project. The purchase of the land is the first step in the process over the next three years we will work to secure 100% of the funding to break ground and complete Phase I. Phases II and III will be constructed with the business plan, grants and funding model that has been thoroughly researched and thought out. But in order to receive the larger funding amounts, the property needs to be secured.

CCHS has a HUGE backing from the greater DFW area and beyond. In addition to our solid support base, we also work with North Texas Non Profit Resources to write grants for CCHS. The construction model also includes other faculties to help support excess revenue to upkeep the building (i.e. renting out the grooming space, renting out the boarding space, vet revenue, allowing trainers to rent our conference room for training and many other areas that we have researched to help sustain the cost of maintaining a facility such as the one we have planned for that location). We currently have over 120 volunteers and over 85 foster homes. We average 70 adoptions a month and with the building we will be able to double those numbers. Again, there is no 110% way to prove that any facility, building or business will succeed; you just have to believe.

Q: How do we plan to manage the light pollution?
A: CCHS has no desire to attract attention to our building after hours. We will take every measure to ensure that the requests from the citizens to keep the lighting as low as possible (and within the city’s ordinance) is achieved.

Q: What safety measures are in place to ensure the dogs are secured?
A: The dogs are all secured in indoor runs behind a series of doorways. For a dog to get out of the facility they would have to maneuver through four doors  before getting out of the building. The play yards are all supervised and only accessed behind another set of doors; therefore to escape the building a dog would then need to get through a series of five doors. These dogs are also all well socialized, fully vetted, friendly and non aggressive dogs that have lived in foster homes and passed our screening process.

Q: What benefit does this facility have to Wylie?
A: This facility will provide 70  construction jobs, 26 support staff positions and countless volunteer opportunities. The low cost Spay/Neuter program will be a great asset to the community and help to lower the unwanted pet population.  People will visit our dog park and facility then stop at gas stations, restaurants and shops to buy items that will support outside revenue and benefits to the city of Wylie. The park will serve as a place for your dogs to have safe/controlled exercise. Many shelters including Plano Animal Shelter reported a 20% increase in people registering their pets with the city when their dog park opened (which will help increase revenue to the city and ensure that more dogs are vaccinated and accounted for). Birthday parties, Scouting Groups and schools can use and visit our facility to help strengthen community involvement. Training, boarding and grooming will be easy to  access and you have the peace of mind knowing that your pet is in great hands when in our care.

Q: Why are there horses currently on the land if the plans do not call for Equestrian usage?
A: The land and has been zoned agricultural for as far back as anyone can find. The current owner rents space out to horse owners to board their horses; the current usage of the land has absolutely nothing to do with CCHS.

Q: What is the land currently zoned and what does the Ag/30 PD change mean?
The change in zoning that CCHS is applying for will change it from Ag/30 to Ag/30 with Planned Development. This change will not affect anything outside of this 10 acre lot. The plan also is specific to our build plans and actually puts more restrictions on CCHS than having it changed to general Commercial zoning. We opted for this change in zoning to work with the city and build a plan that works for the majority. The change in zoning stays with the land so should something happen to CCHS and another developer come in, they would have to stick to our plan or apply for re-zoning to change the plans. The term Planned Development does not mean that we are putting in a strip mall, it just means that we have three phases to our plans (as outlined here: http://collincountyhumanesociety.org/pdf/CCHS-FloorPlanRevised01-30-12.pdf) hence the name “Planned Development.”
Q: Will dangerous or stray dogs be housed at the facility?
A: No. CCHS pulls dogs from Euthanasia lists of shelters in the greater DFW area. The dogs are then move into foster homes and will rotate through the facility after they have been fully vetted and temperament tested. NO dogs will be at the facility that have not been fully vetted, temperament tested, lived in a foster home and are cleared both mentally and physically. Of our 85 foster homes, 75 have kids and at least two other dogs living in their home. We work with one another to share resources in order to test how the dog or cat will react with men, women, dogs, cats and kids. This means that every dog at the Adoption Facility will have been tested with  men, women, kids, cats and dogs before being approved to move to the center.
Q: Does CCHS Euthanize animals?
A: We only Euthanize if the animal is aggressive (in which case he/she will never make it to the facility) or if the animal is too sick to pull through and the vet recommends humane EU (again in this case the animal would have never made it to this facility). All EU will happen at the vet and the bodies will be disposed of in accordance with the law through the vet.
Q: How many animals will the facility house?
The facility will house Max 78 Adoptable dogs,16 cats, and 75 dogs for public boarding.
Q: Will dogs be outside?
A: Play time in the outdoor play yards is limited to only a few dogs at a time with supervised play (this is for the safety of the animals and the staff) during business hours. The facility will close at 6pm therefore no dogs will be outside after 6pm. The fencing is made of cinder blocks therefore safety and noise will not be of concern to anyone outside of the play yards.
Q: What type of inspection will this process be subject to?
A: The city oversees the construction, plans and regulations of the facility. We are subject to inspection as the law deems necessary (typically this means that the city will inspect upon completion of the building and then there out if there are problems, complaints or concerns). We would absolutely welcome and be open to inspection from the city and their ACOs when ever they please.
Q: Is staff required to be licensed or trained to handle animals?
A: There is no regulation for training/rehab experience (but we do have training/rehab experience and will require this of all employees/volunteers).
Q: Is a vet required to be on site?
A: There is no requirement to have a vet on staff as our animals all have complete vet records and see a vet regularly; Although we do plan to have a vet on staff that will be also open to the public.
Q: Will there be other services provided to the citizens besides adoption?
A: We do plan to have a public dog park, vet, boarding, grooming as a service to the city of Wylie and a way to help open up jobs and volunteer work for the public.  The dogs on site will be groomed for sanitary reasons but this services is also open to the public. 

Q: How many parking spaces will there be?

                                                  Phase I                 Phase II                Phase III

Spaces required for building          23                          34                          48

Spaces provided for dog park        22                          23                          26          

Total spaces                                   45                          57                          74

Q: How will this effect Owner Surrenders in Wylie? 
A: The City of Wylie takes in Owner Surrenders for/from the citizens of Wylie (you will need to check with them about their intake policies). The CCHS adoption center will not be an intake facility; again it will be strictly for dogs that have gone through the foster program (of which we have over 85 foster homes and over 120 volunteers and growing). Should someone want to surrender their dog or cat to CCHS, you will need to complete our Owner Surrender forms and send pics and vet records so we can work to find them a place in our program or with of the many rescue groups that we work with to secure placement for unwanted pets.
Q: Can we view the financial history of CCHS?
Our financials are open to the public. You can access our tax records through www.GuideStar.com
Q: What does it cost to adopt from CCHS?
A: We do charge $150 (seniors), $200 (dogs) and $250 (puppies) for adoption fees http://collincountyhumanesociety.org/adoption-fees.html. This covers ALL of the vetting for the animals. Puppies are more because they require three sets of vaccinations and dewormer. When you adopt a dog from a facility that charges $20 that does not include the cost to get the dog S/N, current on vaccinations, HW test and treated for any ailments that the dog/cat might have.
Q: We already have a shelter, why do we need this facility?
A: The proposed adoption facility is not Animal Control. Animal Control takes in dogs that are found stray and holds them until the owners surface at which point if the dog or cat is not adopted in X amount of time, Animal Control will have to put them to sleep due to aggression, health or space. CCHS takes in these dogs that have health issues or have simply run out of time/space at the local shelters. We rehabilitate these animals in foster homes. We complete routine spay/neuter, microchip, HW test, vaccinations and then if needed, we have them treated for any other health issues including but not limited to: broken bones; diabetes; Addison’s Disease; Heartworms; dental work; eye surgery; hip surgery, and the list goes on and on. Essentially we remove dogs from shelters that would cost the city money to have them put to sleep and we rehabilitate them, vet them and help find them forever homes. This Adoption Facility will allow us to save twice the amount of dogs and cats that we are currently able to house through foster homes alone.
Q: What is the benefit of having a dog park?
A: A majority of the land is not build able space due to easements and power lines so we felt that our plans make great use of the land given that the majority of the open space can be used as a public dog park to serve the community. In fact the biggest beneficiary from dog parks is your community. While dogs and their owners love playing in them, dog parks can create a safer, more active, pet-friendly community.

Dog parks make your community safer by offering a secure area for dogs to play and socialize, without getting in the way of others. Fenced off from other public areas, dog parks help ensure off-leash dogs cannot go after or annoy patrons outside of the park. Also, socialization between pets typically makes for calmer, less aggressive animals, which means they are less likely to attack. While not true for all dog parks, many cities have reported a drop in crime in parks that also had a dog park. And don’t forget, parks give dogs access to more exercise lessening the amount behavioral issues, such as barking, that may cause neighbors to call Animal Control.
Behavior problems are the number one reason pets are brought to shelters or abandoned. Having access to a dog park means your pal can get the vital exercise he needs, while becoming socialized. These things combined with training can drastically reduce the amount of behavioral issues, such as barking and digging, that lead many to give away their pet. Because of this, overcrowding of shelters can be reduced. Typically, over time this will also lead to a decrease the number of pets euthanized in your area.Parks also offer a safe place for pet adoptions. Instead of bringing a dog to a shelter, owners that can no longer care for their pet can meet up with potential adopters. This gives people looking to adopt the chance to make sure the dog is right for them and the pets they already own.
Finally, parks help your community become more pet-friendly as a whole. By putting up a bulletin board in the dog park, community members can be given easy access to information about rescues, shelters, training and fun pet events like Bark in the Park and Mardi Growl.
Makes for a better community by promoting public health and safety. Well-exercised dogs are better neighbors who are less likely to create a nuisance, bark excessively, and destroy property. Their presence in the park, along with their owners, also may help deter crime.
Q: Why this location?
A: Commercial lots are extremely expensive. This lot fits our needs based on price and the fact that it is currently zoned Ag/30 therefor we do not have to pay the high price of Commercial land but we are still able to board the animals as the land has been used since as far back as records provide. We are requesting a change to Ag/30 PD (Planned Development) which will enable is to do more than just board/house the animals. Because this is an area of the city showing great signs of growth we want to help the community by bringing in more awareness and revenue. This change in zoning will serve as a benefit to the community as we will have public grooming, dog training, public boarding, public vet, adoption area and public dog park. This in turn has been proven to: provide jobs, provide volunteer opportunities, provide training for families having problems with their pets as well as low cost Spay/Neuter whereby decreasing the number of unwanted pets at the city shelters.

Also, with Brown St widening, the site lends to fit the development of a non residential building given that it is already in the process of changing from a two lane road to a four lane road with a center median and turn lane. The other commercial properties in the area are on main thorough fares and priced accordingly at $1million+.  This is the best use for this piece of land given the road widening, power lines, easements, creek and expansion of Wylie.
The property has also been on the market for 10 years with the neighbors even fighting DRHorton who wanted to make it residential. The property is listed for $205,000. There is no sewage system on the property. A Civil Engineer gave CCHS a quote of $50,000 to have sewage run to the lot. Based on comparable lots and residential building plans in the area, it is estimated that the home developed on that site would be $200,000+. This means that someone would need to spend a minimum of $455,000 to put a home on this lot. Given that the lot has huge power lines crossing the front half of the lot and causing the remaining 8 acres to be unbuild able space and given that the lot has been passed up for the past 10 years by people looking to build there home on this site and given that the road is now widening to 4 lanes with a turn lane/median, we feel that our building plans make the best use of the land, offers the community services and will benefit Wylie through increased jobs and revenue. This proposed plan is a community involved development and is best served when located in close proximity to the families and homes that we will service.
The lot is currently zoned Ag bringing in $300 a year for the city through property taxes. Our facilty will bring in revenue to the city of Wylie indirectly through people stopping at gas stations, shopping and having meals at the restaurants in the area before and after visiting our facility or dog park. Our facility will bring in revenue to the city of Wylie directly by the sales tax generated through people using our grooming, vet and boarding services.
At the end of the day the land is privately owned and zoned Ag/30 allowing for housing of indoor/outdoor farm animals so our plans for an indoor adoption facility to service the community is a much less noisy alternative to outdoor farm animals (since noise seems to be the number one concern).
Q: Aren’t shelters or boarding facilities in industrial areas?
A: While there are shelters or boarding facilities in industrial areas, there are also many facilities who’s property lines touch or are adjacent to residential zoning/homes. A few examples are: Paws Beach Resort in Plano, Doggie Wonderland in Coppell, Second Chance SPCA, SPCA McKinney, Pet Paradise in Plano, Doggie Wonderland in Plano, In-Sync Exotics, Grand Prairie Paws Adoption Center, Irving Animal Shelter and Plano Dog Park.
Q: Is everything purchased from this facility considered a donation and tax free?
A: Services provided at the facility (ie boarding, grooming, vet, etc) will be charged a sales tax. These services are not tax deductible because the purchaser is getting a service in return. Tax free services would be any donations made to the facility/CCHS above the value of the item (i.e. if someone boards their pets with us for $30 and gives us $40, then the $10 would be considered a donation).
Q: Is CCHS willing to meet with the Neighborhood about their concerns?
A: Yes, we secured a meeting to be held April 3rd from 7-9pm at Bart Petticord Community Center.
Q: What is the projected time frame?
A: Aug 2015 is the goal start date. This date will depend on funding as CCHS will not build the property until 100% of the funds to build and maintain the property are secured.
Q: What is the budget for this project?
A: The following is building cost per phase to build, furnish and landscape:

PHASE

CONDITIONED AREA

AREA PER PHASE

PERCENT

EST. COST

COST PER PHASE

Estimated Build Time

Phase 1

6,758

sq ft

6,758

sq ft

0.67

$2,671,100

$2,671,100

9 mo

Phase 2

10,120

sq ft

3,362

sq ft

1.00

$4,000,000

$1,328,900

6 mo

Phase 3

14,200

sq ft

4,080

sq ft

1.40

$5,612,600

$1,612,600

6 mo

 

ADOPTION FACILITY IN THE HANDS OF CITY COUNCIL DUE TO ZONING.. WE NEED YOU!

CCHS is in the process of acquiring land to build an animal shelter. The land is currently zoned Agricultural and we are trying to change it to Agricultural with a Planned Development. There are houses across the street but between us will be (currently in the process of being constructed) a 4 lane road (with a turning lane in the middle) and fields all around our proposed facility.

PLEASE Take the time to write City Council (even if you do not live in Wylie)… Please tell your friends to join our cause!

For those of you not familiar with our Adoption facility plans, here are two links to reference:

http://collincountyhumanesociety.org/shelter-updates.html AND http://collincountyhumanesociety.org/pdf/CCHS-FloorPlanRevised01-30-12.pdf

The proposal to pass our re-zoning request onto City Council was approved by the Planning and Zoning Commissioners in a long drawn out 3 to 2 vote. This means that our meeting on April 10th at 6pm needs to have EVERY single person that supports CCHS to either write a letter, attend the meeting or stand up and speak up on behalf of CCHS in support of our cause. Please help recruit co-workers, friends and family to unite in this venture as we only have two weeks to send in letter, gather evidence and recruit support for our cause. If City Council Declines the rezoning then we will not be able to build our facility at this location which will be a huge loss of time, money, energy and work for CCHS.

#1 Noise – sound will not be an issue but they are all picturing indoor outdoor kennels with dogs constantly stimulated by the outside so the noise level would be constant (even though were reassured them over and over again that the dogs will not be outside).  They think the dogs are going to be barking 24/7 (the facility is indoors with small play yards for a few dogs to have supervised play time during business hours). For safety reasons for the dogs and the staff, the dogs have to be in the yards in small numbers with supervision to prevent any fights or other problems. The remainder of the time, the dogs will all be house inside the building. Here is a link to our plans: http://www.collincountyhumanesociety.org/pdf/CCHS-FloorPlanRevised01-30-12.pdf

#2 Safety – they worry that a dog will escape and maul a child. CCHS is going to keep up our foster program with the facility so all of the dogs at the facility will have gone through temperament testing, foster care, fully vetted and are ready for homes. No unsocialized or dangerous dogs will be at the facility. Not to mention, like all facilities we have several doors that the dogs will need to travel to before they would be able to escape the building. There is a MUCH higher probability of a dog getting out of a house then out of a facility that is equipped to handle dogs and has trained staff and safety measures in place

#3 Lighting  - they worry that the lighting of the building will flood the sky and it will stick out like a sore thumb no matter what lighting restrictions we have. We dont want to waste money to flood the sky with lights so we will do everything we can to keep lighting and low as possible.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

(1) Write a letter to City Council http://www.wylietexas.gov/city_government/city_council/index.php (even if you plan to attend the meeting) renae.ollie@wylietexas.gov, Mayor: Eric.Hogue@wylietexas.gov; Red.Byboth@wylietexas.gov; David.Goss@wylietexas.gov;
kathy.spillyards@wylietexas.gov; Bennie.Jones@wylietexas.gov; Rick.White@wylietexas.gov; and diane.culver@wylietexas.gov

(2) Recruit Friends and Family to write City Council in support of CCHS and our plans for the adoption facility

(3) Attend the next meeting on April 10th at 6pm at Wylie (300 Country Club Rd, Building 300, Wylie, TX)

(4) Speak at the meeting on April 10th (even if you just stand to say that you “are in support of the plans for the adoption facility” and that’s all you say… it really does help)

Thank you all for taking the time to read this blog and help CCHS with our cause!!!! This is the first step in an amazing plan to help save many many furry lives in the greater DFW area. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Molly Peterson
President/Director CCHS
www.CollinCountyHumaneSociety.org
PO Box 2733 McKinney, TX 75070
Like us at
www.facebook.com/CollinCountyHumaneSociety

Here are a couple a sample letter (Please be sure to include who you are and where you live):

This email is to support the application of Collin County Humane Society’s application to build a shelter in Wylie.  We are asking you to consider the jobs created and additional revenue to shops and businesses by members of the public who come to Wylie to visit the shelter which can only have a positive impact on the City.

The no kill shelter proposed by Collin County Humane Society is desperately needed in this area and will allow them to help many more animals than they are able to at the present time providing a much needed service to the community.  We hope you will consider their application favorably.

Sincerely,

Terry & Muriel Latham
651 Forest Oaks Drive,
Fariview,Tx 75069

I am writing to give my support to the proposed new Collin County Humane Society project here in Wylie.
For the last nine years I have volunteered for several dog rescues. I have experienced first hand and know that the need for this type of service is acute.
City shelters provide a good immediate solution for lost and abandoned pets but when they’re not claimed or adopted many wonderful animals are subjected to euthanasia. Long term we need organizations like the Humane Society to care for these animals until they find loving homes.
Currently CCHS house their dogs in foster homes while they are waiting to be adopted. Foster homes are a great solution but with a brick and mortar facility they will be able to save so many more dogs that otherwise might be euthanized.
Dogs are such wonder creatures. They give their humans unconditional love and companionship as well as joyful entertainment. They deserve to have a place to live and be loved and cared for until the right person or family comes to adopt them. For some, this will be the first time they have ever experienced tenderness and care from a human.
I hope you will pass everything that is needed in order for the CCHS project to move forward as planned.
I’m also excited about the dog park they have planned as there is no dog park close by. This will benefit all dog owners living in Wylie… and what a great way to bring a community together!
Best regards,

Marilyn Marshall
619 Gunters Mountain Ln
Wylie, TX 75098
972-442-9117

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WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT APRIL 10TH WYLIE – 300 Country Club Rd, Blg 100

PLEASE Take the time to read this email and write City Council… Anyone know people in Wylie and BEYOND that will join our cause?!?

I want to stress that this email is not in any order of importance to our cause as EVERY person that steps up to help with a letter, speech or attendance at the meeting is VERY instrumental in passing there-zoning through Wylie. We thank you all for your support and taking the time to gain support in Wylie, attend the meetings, write a letter/email, or stand up and speak at the meeting.

First I would like to thank the 18 people that took the time to write into Wylie about our cause!! Without you we would have not had anyone outside of the meeting for our cause to help counter the 32 people who wrote in against us. It was truly instrumental in our case for the re-zoning last night. If you did not take the time to write the City about being for our cause, PLEASE take a minute to put together a few sentences about being in support of our cause. No matter where you live they really seemed to care that people were in support of CCHS and our plans (no matter where you live).

Here are their email addresses: renae.ollie@wylietexas.gov, Mayor: Eric.Hogue@wylietexas.govRed.Byboth@wylietexas.govDavid.Goss@wylietexas.gov;
kathy.spillyards@wylietexas.gov;Bennie.Jones@wylietexas.govRick.White@wylietexas.gov; and diane.culver@wylietexas.gov. Please be sure to note who you  are and where you live (while living inside of Wylie helps, even people outside of Wylie need to write in as well).

Here is a sample letter:

I am writing to give my support to the proposed new Collin County Humane Society project here in Wylie.
For the last nine years I have volunteered for several dog rescues. I have experienced first hand and know that the need for this type of service is acute.
City shelters provide a good immediate solution for lost and abandoned pets but when they’re not claimed or adopted many wonderful animals are subjected to euthanasia. Long term we need organizations like the Humane Society to care for these animals until they find loving homes.
Currently CCHS house their dogs in foster homes while they are waiting to be adopted. Foster homes are a great solution but with a brick and mortar facility they will be able to save so many more dogs that otherwise might be euthanized.
Dogs are such wonder creatures. They give their humans unconditional love and companionship as well as joyful entertainment. They deserve to have a place to live and be loved and cared for until the right person or family comes to adopt them. For some, this will be the first time they have ever experienced tenderness and care from a human.
I hope you will pass everything that is needed in order for the CCHS project to move forward as planned.
I’m also excited about the dog park they have planned as there is no dog park close by. This will benefit all dog owners living in Wylie… and what a great way to bring a community together!
Best regards,

Marilyn Marshall
619 Gunters Mountain Ln
Wylie, TX 75098

972-442-9117

Second I would like to thank everyone that took time out of their schedule last night to make the trip to Wylie for the meeting. It was long and very emotional but without your attendance and support for our cause, we would not have stood a chance to pass the proposal to Counsel. For those of you that took the time to stand up and say a few words to counsel on behalf of CCHS we cannot thank you enough! We know it is hard  to even get to the building in Wylie at 6:30 let alone get the courage to speak in front of a large group of people. Your words truly made a difference in the outcome of the night and without your courage to speak on behalf of CCHS, the outcome would not have been the same.

The proposal to pass our re-zoning request was approved in a long drawn out 3 to 2 vote. This means that our meeting on April 10th at 6pm needs to have EVERY single person that supports CCHS to either write a letter, attend the meeting or stand up and speak up on behalf of CCHS in support of our causePlease help recruit co-workers, friends and family to unite in this venture as we only have two weeks to send in letter, gather evidence and recruit support for our cause. If City Council Declines the rezoning then we will not be able to build our facility at this location which will be a huge loss of time, money, energy and work for CCHS.

This is the the main concern that we will be focusing on over the next two weeks:

Noise - a few of the Commissioners and the entire neighborhood could not comprehend the idea that the shelter is completely indoors. There are a few outdoor play areas but only a  few dogs can be outside at a time with supervised play time and at NO point will dogs be left outside after closing hours. We are working on getting in touch with companies that can run decibel testing. We are going to ask them to go to local shelters to show that you cannot hear any barking outside the building (even in most lobbies you cannot hear barking). If you know if anyone that can help with this testing, please let us know asap!!!! We will also work with Hinojosa to gather info about building supplies and the ability to keep sound inside the building. We will contact local shelters to get their staff to come in to help testify that it dogs will not be up barking all night.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

(2) Recruit Friends and Family to write City Council in support of CCHS and our plans for the adoption facility

(3) Attend the next meeting on April 10th at 6pm at Wylie (300 Country Club Rd, Building 300, Wylie, TX)

(4) Speak at the meeting on April 10th (even if you just stand to say that you “are in support of the plans for the adoption facility” and that’s all you say… it really does help)

Thank you all for taking the time to read this email and help CCHS with our cause!!!! This is the first step in an amazing plan to help save many many furry lives in the greater DFW area. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Molly Peterson
President/Director CCHS
www.CollinCountyHumaneSociety.org
PO Box 2733 McKinney, TX 75070
Like us at
www.facebook.com/CollinCountyHumaneSociety

Officially Under Contract!

CCHS just took a HUGE step in our plans for the Adoption Facility! As of 9pm on 12/16/11, we are officially under contract to purchase two, 5 acre lots off Brown Street in Wylie! We have the next 60 days to get financing approved (currently working with Inwood National Bank in Wylie, TX to secure a $100k loan) and convince the Commissioners to rezone from pre approved light commercial to commercial. We feel we have a strong case and hope that they support our cause:) Visit our Shelter Updates page for details about our plans for the Adoption Facility!

10 Acres on Brown St, Wylie TX