The Home At Last Humane Society
Spay-Neuter Surgical Facility Project
In the fall of 2011, Home At Last Humane Society was approached by a retired veterinarian in our community who offered to assist our shelter in cutting costs by donating her time to spay and neuter our adoptable shelter animals. Our yearly veterinary costs for these procedures are approximately $25,000. As the shelter building is not ours to alter, we are looking toward securing a modular building we would renovate into a surgery suite and would reduce our in-house spay/neuter costs by 65%-70%. This suite would also include an area for cat and dog intake, vaccinations, bathing, laundry and dishes which would allow a little more breathing room in our overcrowded building. If ever Home At Last is forced to vacate our current shelter, we could take the modular unit with us. The placement of this modular will be on the northeast side of the building where the large rock is currently. The second part of this project will be to move the existing laundry area to the modular and expand the cat room.
This project will be completed in three phases:
Phase 1: Completed
In working with Tyler Stone, Fred Davis, and Andrea Klaas with The Port of The Dalles, removal of the rock on the northeast side of the building between the play yard and the building has been completed. This area is at grade level to the height of the fire lane and asphalt. When moving into phase 2 it is our intention to provide up to 4 new parking spaces in addition to the 3 that currently exist. We are working with a contractor that provides asphalt construction from time to time in The Dalles. They have seen our project and contacted us about possibly asphalting these parking areas with leftover product from their jobs.
Electrical and plumbing contractors will run lines and electrical to predetermined area and capped off until modular arrives and can be hooked up. The next step will be to place the modular, build ramps and decking, hook all utilities, and put in concrete walkway from ISO door to modular ramping. Move all veterinary contents of ISO unit, laundry, dishes, and dog wash areas.
Remove temporary wall in laundry area. Demo all contents of area and cap off all electrical and water connections. Construct wall with window and door in place of the temporary wall allowing cat room to expand into previous laundry area.
We hope to have the project completed by July 1st, 2012.
Home At Last Humane Society would like to express its utmost gratitude to the Petco Foundation, Williams Scotsman, and Crestline Construction for their generous support of our project!