Hello to all!
February 2020 marked an important time in our campaign. We reached 75% of our fundraising goal which allowed us to officially move forward with a groundbreaking date of June 2020.
As long-time supporters of BHS, we know that there have been plans to build a new facility for many years. We are so proud that, just two years after our official start of the capital campaign, we will see construction begin and make this long-held vision a reality.
While our area has grown significantly over the past thirty-five years, our facilities have not changed much since 1985. In fact, we have even less space then we had then. Coupled with the fact that a conservative estimate of 15,000 animals landed in Chico and the surrounding communities after the Camp Fire; there is an urgency for an already much-needed animal welfare facility. Not only to meet the everyday needs of our community and region, but to also be better prepared in the event of a disaster.
The campaign was kicked off with 10 acres of land that we donated to the cause, because we believe BHS is the organization to lead the charge in animal welfare. With an ambitious goal of raising $8,000,000 for construction and a lot of determination, we are proud to say that two years later we have reached 75% of our goal!
When we think about a community in which we want to call home, we think one should consider how it treats some of the most vulnerable populations; children, elderly, and of course, animals who have no voice of their own.
We are on the last stretch but we need your help now to close the gap. Please join us as we continue The Journey Home , so BHS can continue to provide high-quality, trusted and affordable animal welfare services for all. This new BHS facility will support Butte County and our rural Northern California region, which has far less animal rescue resources than our neighbors to the South.
We are thankful to the many friends, businesses, and foundations that have joined us in support of our vision. We thank you on behalf of our furry friends, those that have no voice and no choice.
Katie Gonser and Ken Grossman
The Journey Home Campaign Chairs