BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: The organization behind the New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog (NASUS) is looking ahead, with exciting developments and multiple fundraising efforts planned for the coming months. Executives Ginger Jackson and Art Matthews provided councillors with an update at Scugog Council Chambers on Monday, April 14.
With new concept drawings, a floor plan by architect Peter Archer, and over $640,000 ear-marked for the NUSAS over the next two years, the group has raised a large portion of their estimated $1 Million to $1.4 Million price tag.
"We've had tremendous support from both municipalities and the local public," said Ginger Jackson, an Executive Member of the project. "Alongside our annual Walkathon on September 27, we're running the In the Ruff golf tournament again, and we have received an amazing partnership from the Bonner Boys."
The Uxbridge-based charity group, Bonner Boys, recently announced their joining in the effort for a new animal shelter in North Durham. Proceeds from their annual Car Draw event, held at the Uxbridge Arena on Saturday, June 14, will benefit the new building. "The Bonner Boys have said that they will be on-board until shovels hit the dirt," said Mrs. Jackson.
According to Mr. Matthews, the next stages for the NUSAS involve engineered designs for a new HVAC system, which will ensure quarantined animals are isolated and infections will not spread - a common issue with the current building. The NUSAS crew has asked both Scugog and Uxbridge to provide staff expertise and knowledge to future planning.
"We are also in the process of kicking off a major donor campaign, for people who have philanthropy in their heart and money in their pockets," said Mr. Matthews. "We need support from organizations and charity programs, such as an on-line crowd funding resource. More details will be available soon."
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