Dear friends of the Kalamazoo Humane Society,
I’m writing to provide an update on our proposed Animal Care & Resource Center.
As you know, since 2013 KHS and Kalamazoo County have operated under a Memorandum of Understanding to create and locate animal welfare services in a single facility. As the process has evolved, so have the perspectives of both the County and the Humane Society. During the two-year process, we both came to realize that the flexibility of separate facilities outweighed the advantages of a shared one. After much discussion, we agreed the best path forward is to pursue separate facilities based on our individual roles, needs and opportunities.
While we won’t be together under one roof, we’re still solid partners in the collaborative work benefiting the community and its animals. The County and the Humane Society have enjoyed a long, productive partnership for many years. We both remain committed to that work.
Meanwhile, the Humane Society is in the final stages of securing land in Comstock Township for our new home. Once we’ve closed on the property, we’ll begin designing the facility and a capital campaign to fund it. Our goal is to be in the new facility in 2017.
On behalf of everyone at the Kalamazoo Humane Society—and most importantly, the animals of greater Kalamazoo—I have appreciated your support for our crucial work that includes reducing unwanted litters; providing pet food for about 500 animals each day; and offering a safe haven for pets of domestic assault victims. With your help, we’ve spayed/neutered over 55,000 animals since 2002, during which time we’ve seen a dramatic reduction in the number of unwanted animals in our community. This opportunity to create a Center that will meet ever-increasing animal welfare needs comes at a wonderful time in our organization’s 118-year history, and we appreciate your continued support as we move forward.