VOORHEES, N.J. (CBS) — The Animal Welfare Association is raising over $2 million to build a new 15,000-square-foot shelter.READ MORE: 4 Shot Inside Park City Center Mall, Lancaster Police Say
The group announced Friday its largest fundraising efforts in its 70-year history.
“The ambitious 18-month, $2.5 million capital campaign, Building a Place Where Happiness Begins, will replace the outdated 5,000-square-foot shelter and allow for contemporary programming,” the statement reads.READ MORE: 'Everyone Was In Pure Panic': Good Samaritans Rush To Shooting Victims' Aid At Park City Center Mall
The construction will take place on the current Centennial Boulevard site.
The new adoption center will:
- Have twice the space dedicated to adoption services
- Provide twice the medical space to care for ill or injured animals
- Allow 1,000 additional animals to be helped every year; a 42 percent increase in the number of pets housed and cared for daily
- Rehab 80 more cats and dogs, and 80 more neonatal kittens every year
- Have classrooms/training space for human education and volunteer programs
- House a pet food pantry.
“Our goal with the new space is to improve care to south Jersey’s most vulnerable and needy animals, as well as, to be a welcoming place for our community’s pet loving friends,” said Maya Richmond, executive director of the Animal Welfare Association. “I am hopeful that with corporate and community support we will open a place where happiness begins.”MORE NEWS: Man In Critical Condition After Fairhill Shooting, Police Say
The new animal shelter is expected to open by the summer of 2020.