-------------The information below this line was the plan prior to purchasing an already established structure. It is preserved for reference only-------------------------
The land donation by Valenti-Held was officially announced in November of 2014. A donation agreement was then created which took a little time. The first big item to tackle was the Special exception from the Whitestown Board of Zoning appeals. This is a fairly involved process that takes some time because of all the information that has to be gathered to complete the application and the public notifications that have to be sent out by certified mail to adjacent land owners, and then getting on the schedule for the public hearing. The special exception allows us to operate a shelter/kennel facility on the property. The public hearing went well and the board approved our request.
We also chose to have a phase 1 environmental study performed just to make sure the property was clean and contained no contaminants that could harm our animals. This study naturally took some time to complete and came back very favorable.
Vectren has gas lines at the back of the property and they have been involved in a major project to upgrade their supply lines. Prior to closing, Valenti-Held negotiated to move an easement from the center of this property to to a less intrusive spot along a perimeter. The moving of the easement was beneficial to us but also required a new survey and update to the information about the property.
The property also had to be properly appraised and we had to wait for that appraisal to come back for donation purposes before the closing.
The board of directors has chosen C.F.Jones as our contractor for operation shelter, and Peterson Architecture as our project architect. We now have a formal action plan together for construction.
We just need to raise more funds and wish to call upon our friends in the community to consider donations to our organization as we make this final push to realize a goal that will benefit the entire county. Our stated goal has always been to raise $1.5 million but not all of that was for construction. A good chunk of that goal is earmarked for operating costs to ensure sustainability of the shelter once it opens. Anyone wishing to make a donation to the building fund can mail a check to us at P.O. Box 708 in Lebanon, or make a donation using the "Donate" button at the top of this page.
Having a physical shelter will give a huge boost to our organization.
We will finally have a place where the community can come and view animals available for adoption, and that will be a game changer. We still intend to utilize foster families where possible because we have found that when animals live in actual homes, they have a better chance at learning socialization skills, and the foster families can relay important information about each animal back to us.
We can ensure finding the best home for each of our adoptees by matching the animal to an adopter.