Providence Animal Center is very pleased to be in the final phase of our Building a Forever Future campaign. We are working very hard to raise the funds needed to finish building our brand new Cattery and new and expanded lifesaving Adoption Center. We cannot wait to move in!
Final Facility Improvement Phase
The final phase of the building project is our Adoption Wing. It will refurbish and expand the lobby to streamline the process for adoptions; move and expand the Cattery; and include a private space for meet and greets of adopters and their potential companion animals.
A second floor will be constructed to include a “Real Life Room,” offices for the Adoption staff, and a meeting room. The Real Life Room will be used to help staff assess the familiarity animals have with living in a home and as a private and personal respite from the tension of the kennels.
Phase 1 included the construction of the Services Support Building, part of which provided a swing space during the other phases of the project. This building permanently houses a break room, laundry room and new administrative suite – with all administrative functions of Providence Animal Center including accounting, finance, fundraising, community relations, volunteer management and general operations. The space provides an environment in which our dedicated team of staff members and more than 200 volunteers now conduct their support work in surroundings that reflect their commitment to Providence Animal Center’s lifesaving mission.
Phase 2 included a new Medical Building, which increased access to innovative, leading-edge medical and surgical care. Our medical team provides superior veterinary care at an affordable cost. Formerly, we were presented with the opportunity to do more and save more lives on a daily basis, but were constrained by the size of our surgical area, so the surgery suite was restructured and enlarged three times the previous size to respond to the growing demand for our high-quality, low-cost services. Thanks to generous donors, we upgraded and purchased new equipment including surgery tables, anesthetic equipment, diagnostic tools and improved lighting to perform our lifesaving work more effectively and efficiently. In addition, the Medical Building also includes proper admitting space and isolation areas to contain highly contagious infectious diseases, such as parvovirus and ringworm, as well as a nursery for mom animals and their babies.
The impact that Providence Animal Center makes in the lives of thousands of individuals – both two- and four-legged – each year is substantial. Over 6,300 spay and neuters and specialty low-cost surgeries were performed at Providence Animal Center in 2016 despite ongoing construction. In the photograph, three of our veterinarians Dr. Boudwin, Dr. Croce and Dr. Thompson, all Penn Vet alumni, are spaying and neutering nearly 70 owned cats in the first Cat Spay Day in our new Medical Building, preventing future unwanted litters. On Spay Day, we provide a substantially discounted cat spay/neuter surgery of just $15, reaching out to a population that would otherwise forgo spaying and neutering due to the expense. Additionally, our medical team conducted nearly 500 low-cost and affordable surgeries within 4 weeks of transitioning into the space. At Providence Animal Center, we take great pride in our adoption process and the stellar customer service we provide. In 2016, Providence Animal Center processed a record-breaking 3,765 adoptions, matching cats and dogs who otherwise wouldn’t have received a second chance, with their forever companions. Your contribution will help Providence Animal Center complete a two-year facilities improvement project that has transformed an outdated, time-worn facility into a campus that our community can be proud of. For more information on making a gift, including ways in which you can pay tribute to your family, a friend or companion animal with a naming opportunity, please contact Tara Summers at 610-566-1370 X 219 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
With deep gratitude, we salute the Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation, located in Media, for its magnificent contribution of $500,000 to Providence Animal Center’s Building a Forever Future capital campaign. At its completion in summer 2017, The Botstiber Pavilion will be the site of Providence’s expanded, modernized Adoption Center that will serve both to streamline the adoption process for companion animals and provide an enhanced experience for our adoptive families, visitors, staff and volunteers.
Pictured from L to R: Jo-Ann Zoll, Providence Animal Center Board President, Terrance A. Kline, Botstiber Foundation Administrator, Bob Linn, Linn Architects, building architect, Richard Matelsky, Providence Animal Center Executive Director ‘10-17, Jeffry Cadorette, Providence Animal Center Building Committee Member, Mary V.Z. Wachterhauser, Botstiber Foundation Advisory Board Member
In the best charitable spirit, the Petco Foundation supports animal welfare organizations throughout the country in its commitment to creating a lifesaving nation. Providence Animal Center has enjoyed a close partnership with Petco for over a decade. Recently, the Petco Foundation made two grants totaling $325,000 to the Center’s Building a Forever Future capital campaign. In gratitude for the Foundation’s generosity, the Cat Intake Room in Admissions and the Adoption Center Lobby and Customer Service Desk will be dedicated to the Petco Foundation.
Pictured from L to R: Richard Matelsky, Providence Animal Center Executive Director ‘10-17, John Zengel, Upper Darby Petco Manager, Jo-Ann Zoll, Providence Animal Center Board President