Collin County Humane Society Adoption Facility:
Progress, Updates and Plans
** Update: October 29, 2012 **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!
** Update: March 31, 2012 **Revised Shelter Site Plan Parking Added
Revised Shelter Site Plan Parking Added Enlarged View
** Update: January 30, 2012 **The CCHS Board has been working to get the details coordinated for the purchase of 10 acres in Wylie. We recently received the wonderful news that Inwood National Bank in Wylie has agreed to back CCHS in the loan for the property!
After meeting with the planning and zoning committee for the city of Wylie to change the current zoning and approve our build plans, Hinajosa Architecture and Interiors has evolved our design plans for the facility in order to fit the cities criteria. Revisions included moving the parking to the side of the building instead of having parking in front; this change shifted the interior plans slightly and allow for greater visibility from the street. The other change in our plan breaks the build process into a smaller Phase I, Phase II and then Phase III. These future expansion plans include a vets office, more dog runs and adding an area to house livestock. We are meeting with the resident and the Commissioners in Feb to vote on approving the zoning changes and facility plans. Stay tuned for updates!
Revised Shelter Floorplan
** Update: December 8, 2011 **CCHS has wrapped up our Second Annual Give a Dog a Home Gala, click here for pictures and all the details. Just under $70,000 was raised so we are one step closer to building our facility, but we still have a LONG way to go! Our 2012 goals are set to bring CCHS up to the next level. The first step was to remodel and upgrade our website. At the end of Nov, our new website went LIVE! Ann Nemazie has gone above and beyond in dedicating countless hours of hard work to make our website what it is today! Complete with picture scrolls, a CCHS Blog, CCHS supporters page and so much more... this new website has truly helped to bring the face of CCHS to a whole other level.
Our current focus is to secure land for the facility. CCHS has put in an offer for land in Wylie (SE Collin County). The plot of land is 10 acres with a working barn. We should know in the next week if the offer is secured and then we will move forward with pricing options and locking in a loan!
In 2012 we will work toward improved marketing and PR to help bring in more supporters and donors for our cause. We plan to increase Grant writing by professional grant writer Jamie Russell. We are working on securing a venue for our 2012 Gala and details for a possible Rock Fur Charity Concert in the Spring. All of the proceeds from these fundraisers, grants and PR improvements will go towards funds supporting the Adoption Facility. Stay tuned for updates on CCHS and our plans in 2012 to help make our dreams come true!!
** Update: May 16, 2011 **The Collin County Humane Society is working tirelessly to get donations and support to build our no-kill adoption facility. The Facility is projected to break ground between 2012 and 2014 (dates will depend on funding). The facility is a leading edge concept designed to bring the public in for more than a depressing walk down doggie row. Initial conceptual plans have designed the facility with a boarding facility on the right wing and a grooming suite on site. The shelter plans to keep with the "Green Theme" by using ample natural light, breezeways, artificial turf, windmills for energy generation, and much more!
The shelter will be a transitional housing station for dogs in the CCHS program that are ready for adoption; thereby increasing the number of dogs that CCHS can save! CCHS will remain a primarily foster based adoption program. The dogs will rotate through the adoption facility and will not remain on site longer than 30 days. After the 30 days are up, the dogs will then transfer back through foster care, and will continue to attend adoption events until they are adopted.
With the new facility also comes the expansion plans to add a "Cat Wing" to CCHS! The shelter will house a Cat Colony that allows the cats to freely play, nap and sunbathe in a safe, sanitary and adoption friendly environment.
Preliminary plans involved the kick-off of our endowment campaign at the "Give a Dog a Home Gala Fundraiser." The Fundraiser brought in just under $25,000 after all expenses were paid for the event! Over 100 supporters attended the event at the City Place high rise in Dallas. The event was sponsored by American Dog Rescue, Gail L and the Arthur E Benjamin Foundation. Key note speakers included: Arthur Benjamin and Fred Sanderson. Live music from Jolie Holliday was performed during the cocktail hour. The biggest supporter of the night was Arthur Benjamin who donated $12,000 to CCHS to sponsor the event and help pay for the blue prints to the shelter! Phil and Silvana Smith contributed $4,000 in live auction items and sponsorship for the event! Allison Roberts and Misty Lane donated $2,250 for the cost of the blue prints as well! Kelly Parsons stepped up with a $1,050 winning bid at the live auction to sponsor the first dog run at the new facility! There were many many other contributions made at the gala; we thank EVERYONE for their attendance and support!
After the event, two huge supporters reached out to CCHS! The Weir Brothers Construction Company has offered to donate the digging, supplies and laying of the foundation for the new shelter! The MacFarlane Foundation has officially made a donation to CCHS in the amount of $50,000 ($25,000 for the actual building and $25,000 for operating/fundraising costs)!
CCHS is currently meeting with architects to help get the blueprints in motion. We are also actively seeking land to be donated to CCHS for the Facility! If you or someone you know would like to make a contribution to the new CCHS adoption facility, please contact Pres@CollinCountyHumaneSociety.org
We have been working with Hinajosa Architectural and Interiors to revise/finalize the plans. Below are links to the progress we have made with HAI!