With its tiny footprint in a converted old house, our current facility has little room for humans. Yet we are a magnet for people. Each of the 1,800 animals adopted last year left with a new family. And many folks who haven’t adopted (yet) visit during regular operating hours.
Then there are our volunteers and foster team, nearly 400 strong. These dedicated animal advocates are essential to our work: exercising dogs, socializing cats, cleaning kennels, grooming horses, and freeing staff to concentrate on complex animal care. Fosters play a critical role by opening their homes and hearts to animals we couldn’t save without them. But our current facility has no space where we can welcome groups of volunteers or prepare fosters for their important work.
Our future home will have room for these gatherings and more. Key features include a spacious multiuse area, with an outdoor patio, and room for up to 300 people. There we will be able to host meetings, workshops, agriculture training for the south county farming community, and other non-shelter events, attracting people who might not otherwise visit us. In rural San Martin, where there are fewplaces to connect, we will be an even better community resource.