It's official: Red Door Animal Shelter is getting its very own building! One of the shelter's founders has purchased a building exclusively for Red Door's use.
We rent our current space--and as you have surely noticed, it is more than a little cramped. While exact details are still being worked out, our progressive new shelter will include many innovative details to enhance the physical and emotional well-bring of the animals, such as:
*Outside dog play areas;
*Roomy suites so all the animals can stretch their paws;
*Enrichment details for exercise and play;
*Expanded isolation areas, treatment area and medical lab.
And yes, the laundry area will include more washers and dryers! (But we will still need volunteers to help with the laundry.)
In addition, we will have more space to accomodate volunteer activities, hold meetings, and conduct fundraising and educational activities on-site.
We're thrilled that we will remain in West Rogers Park -- our new space is just three blocks away -- 7225 N. Western Avenue (near the corner of Western and Touhy). And, it has a parking lot!
Of course, good things come to those who wait -- necessary renovations mean that we will not complete our move until next year. As time goes by, we will be looking for volunteers who want to be part of a massive strategy to move the animals in the way that will involve the least amount of stress for them. If you are interested in helping with this initiative, please let me know.
We also will have room naming opportunities available in the new facility, if you know someone who may be interested.
The possibilities are truly endless--and we have been anxious to share the news with you as soon as we possibly could. Please join us in celebrating this tremendous Valentine that has been presented to the animals that Red Door is helping now, as well as those who will come our way in the future.
It's truly a sweet time for the shelter, and we're so glad you are a part of it. Thanks for all your support, and please let me know if you have any questions.