LIFESTYLE

Shelter seeks donations to complete new building

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
One donation recently came from the Steph Zeis Memorial Fund from the proceeds of various charity events held in the Greencastle-Antrim community, such as Steps for Steph and softball tournaments. During this year’s Steps for Steph, Doug and Brenda Zeis presented $14,000 to the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, received here by Jennifer Vanderau.

The Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter has received more than $59,000 in pledges and cash donations for their Rallying to Relocate Capital Campaign since a challenge had been made to the community in the beginning of June.

Michael and Patricia Hurt offered a donation of $50,000 to the capital campaign if the community will raise an additional $100,000, to give a combined total of $150,000 toward the shelter's relocation efforts.

The shelter needs $2.7 million to complete the project.

Franklin County Commissioner Bob Thomas reacted immediately by becoming one of the first to respond to the Hurt's community challenge. "Sherryl and I had planned to make our contribution to the final phase of the shelter's relocation. When we heard about this generous challenge by Mr. and Mrs. Hurt, we decided to contribute immediately. We hope our example will urge others to do the same," Thomas said.

"The County Commissioners understand our needs and continually urge support to the shelter and this relocation," said Nancy Gardner, board president of CVAS. "They have listened to sheltering needs and recognize that no county tax dollars are budgeted for sheltering support. Commissioner Thomas has worked closely with us and provided opportunities for us to explain the importance of municipal support through meetings with the Franklin County Council of Governments, which he chaired for years. We not only appreciate the Thomases' donation, but recognize how appropriate it is that they are among the first to launch a response to the Hurt's challenge."

Mike and Pat Hurt commented, "We are very pleased with the great initial response to our challenge grant so far, and are optimistic that our goal will be met or exceeded. We visited the site of the new shelter last week and were impressed with the continued progress. Hopefully, the challenge grant can be completed before the end of this year. Our only goal is to see the shelter construction  continue to move forward to completion. Thank you to everyone who has supported this effort."

The Hurt's challenge arrived after a previous, generous donation they have already given.

"I wish that more people would understand the complexity of the mission of CVAS the way Mike and Pat do," Gardner said. "We are so much more than a building with kennels and cat cages. The programs we have for the benefit of the community are far-reaching and effective in educating the public about animal welfare. The cruelty investigations and seizures of both domestic and farm animals are vital to insure that animal suffering is addressed. All of our valuable programs come with a cost that, as a professional shelter, we must meet on a daily basis. We invite the public to visit our present shelter and see firsthand the overcrowded conditions our staff must cope with. We desperately need to get to our new location where our work will be more easily and more efficiently accomplished. In the end, a community gets the degree of sheltering it is willing to support. Our animals are relying on this community to get them to Letterkenny Road West."

The shelter has funded the second phase of construction, which includes the shell of the building. The third and final phase includes the interior fit-out of the building.

The new shelter will incorporate quality ventilation, flooring which will withstand constant disinfecting, isolation areas separate from adoption areas to reduce disease spread, and more space to increase the capacity to house homeless animals. The LEED certified construction will insure an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient building.

To donate to the capital campaign, send tax-deductible contributions to "Rallying to Relocate" at CVAS, 2325 Country Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202. For more information and a history of the project, log onto www.cvas-pets.org