WAIF raising cash for new shelter

The Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation has launched a campaign to raise money for construction of a new animal shelter planned for WAIF-owned land near the group’s current shelter near Coupeville. Land clearing is under way to complete dog-walking paths and fence the property for use in early 2011.

The effort also will pursue a long-term maintenance and sustainability fund. WAIF’s $3.5 million goal will be funded primarily by individual donors, said Susan Cohen, co-chairwoman of the campaign.

Initially, the group is seeking lead donations to be followed by a broad public push to reach the final fundraising goal.

WAIF operates animal shelters in Coupeville and Oak Harbor and cat-adoption centers in Oak Harbor and Freeland. Neither the Coupeville nor the Oak Harbor facilities were designed as shelters, which presents health concerns for animals, shelter staff and volunteers.

See the original story here:  WAIF raising cash for new shelter – The Whidbey Examiner – Whidbey Island, Washington.