the shelter back to Bay Avenue utilizing a “basic needs” plan thereby expanding
the number of animals in our care from 50-60 to 100-125. The basic needs: new HVAC system, sewer
repair, interior cleaning of mildew and treatment of walls and floors for odor,
paint walls and floors with a special chemical anti-bacterial paint, remodeling
exam area to create a vet clinic, and replace ceiling tiles. The General Manager of HSBC has taken over
the project. A loan will be secured to
fund this “just the basics” project. Monthly
payment of the loan is $700 less than our current monthly rent at the Street shelter on 15th Street. In-kind donations will
also keep the basic costs down.
plans include allotting space for Operation Spay Bay to open a clinic. The details of sharing the Igloo are a work
in progress. The sharing of the space
will save both organizations on overhead expense. There will be a commitment from both
organizations to share this space for a certain number of years. It is expected that OSB will move out and
have its stand alone facility at some point, but the sharing of space for now
will help both organizations attain their goals sooner instead of later.
the Buy a Brick-(walk path of pavers) shelter expansion project. This would be kicked-off after we inhabit the
Bay Ave. shelter. The funds raised from
the selling of the pavers would go towards additional on-site projects to
enhance the lives of the animals staying at the shelter.
a unique and exclusive t-shirt line with catchy pet sayings and original art
work that will develop into a solid source of income. Most of the sayings will be a play on famous
movies, actors and quotes. The first in
the line-up of selections went on sale just a day ago at our Chicken Wing
competition event. It was a big
a foundation through the thrift store whose sole purpose is to support the HSBC
shelter. Under the present set-up, the
IRS deems the thrift store income as “fundraising” income. As such, it affects our ability to secure
grants due to the ratios of donations vs. fundraising that are acceptable to
grant committees. Presently our thrift store funds our entire payroll and it
pays its own expenses. Our ratios of
donations vs fundraisers are skewed by IRS code. We visited the animal shelter in Tallahassee
who receives additional support from a foundation that was formed for the sole
purpose of helping the animals at the government funded shelter.
grants that will fund food bank programs and other similar outreach programs, as
well as large grants that will fund shelter renovations.
a Wellness Clinic. Officially, the
clinic went public in March 2013.
The purpose of the clinic is to offer the general public lower cost
basic preventative care. That includes, dog and
cat vaccinations (excluding rabies and heartworm prevention-must be done by a vet), heartworm testing,
feline HIV and Leukemia testing, nail clipping, flea prevention, worming and microchipping.
The services do not take the place of a veterinarians
It is meant for those who
ordinarily would not be able to take their pet to the vet for their annual shots or those
who are helping an animal in need and cannot afford the additional financial burden.
Rabies vaccinations are usually good for 3 years, but all the other
vaccines are only for a year with the kennel cough vaccine needing to be done
every 6 months if high risk.