Preliminary Groundwork Gets Underway at New 12-acre Hawaii Island Humane Society Campus
KEAUHOU – Work on a new Animal Community Center is underway in Kona.
The Hawaii Island Humane Society is now grubbing and rough grading on its new 12-acre campus in Keauhou. The start of the preliminary groundwork was celebrated with a traditional Hawaiian blessing for the contractor on Monday. In a media release, Scott Dodd, Co-Chair of the Hawaii Island Humane Society Capital Campaign Committee, thanked the donors to the $3-million capital campaign for first phase of the project.
Thanks to the generosity of our capital campaign donors and community supporters, we have accomplished several major milestones in our quest to transform this 12-acre site into a community asset. With groundwork permits now issued, grubbing and rough grading is but the first of many steps in our journey to build The Animal Community Center. As our capital campaign progresses, next steps include topography mapping, architectural drawings, fine grading and project construction. Every donation is another positive step toward fulfilling our mission.” Scott Dodd, Co-Chair of the Hawaii Island Humane Society Capital Campaign Committee
Phase 1 of The Animal Community Center encompasses site infrastructure and construction of the Welcome Center, Cat Barn, Dog Pavilions and Dog Park. With over half the capital campaign now pledged, committee members are hoping to wrap up fundraising for Phase 1 this summer, according to the Hawaii Island Humane Society.
Every gift counts and the Hawaii Island Humane Society has been blessed with incredibly dedicated funders, corporate supporters, local companies, service organizations and individual volunteers whose commitment to The Animal Community Center will provide this island with a wonderful place for animals and their people.” Donna Whitaker, Executive Director, Hawaii Island Humane Society.
The mission of the Hawaii Island Humane Society is “to promote respect for all animals, prevent cruelty to animals, eliminate pet overpopulation, and enhance the bond between humans and animals. HIHS holds a contract with the County of Hawaii to enforce certain animal-related laws and it offers 24-hour service for injured animals and other animal emergencies, humane education classes, low-cost spay and neuter services, lost and found assistance, micro-chipping and more.”