We Are Furever Home in our Permanent Halfway House!
The felines are "walking on air," but we humans still have much to do!
We're well on the way towards making our dream a reality, but the journey's not yet over. On September 24, 2016, we moved the entire "cat, kitten and caboodle" from our rental property to our permanent Halfway House.
The house that we purchased was built in 1951, contains 1,664 square feet, and is constructed of cinder blocks. Although the property is zoned as "commercial," the house itself is zoned as "residential." It has taken us four years to upgrade the entire premises to "commercial" and ADA (Americans with Disability Act) code at great expense to us.
- Replaced the roof and torn down the fireplace and chimney,
- Completed most of the plumbing and electrical work,
- Relocated the front door and walled over the old one for ADA requirements,
- Concreted a new entry to the front door,
- Renovated the bathroom to accommodate a wheelchair, and widened the door, and
- Installed a sidewalk and asphalt parking lot.
The parking lot/sidewalk project took four years to complete. We initially expected the mandatory project to cost about $50,000 but in the end it cost us around $200,000 which is a huge amount for a small cat shelter that survives on donations and the kindness of others.
As you can imagine, we are barely keeping pace with the rising expenses, and are still urgently seeking your support. Our tireless and dedicated volunteers have spent hundreds and hundreds of hours in both readying our new Halfway House and restoring the old one to its original condition.
We would like to give a special thanks to Glen Aronson of Iron Gate Storage. He not only has been a sponsor or ours since 2009 but he was the one to encourage us to start a building fund to buy our own shelter. He started us off with $5,000 in the account and It took several more years to come up with the $100,000 we needed for a down payment on our shelter. Other major contributors have been Dr. Virginia Huang of Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery, Kathy Angelo Construction, the estate of Carol Williams, the estate of Robert Sandford and one very generous, anonymous donor. Not to mention the countless and deeply appreciated individual contributions that we continue to receive almost daily.
Since our founding in 1999, Furry Friends has moved three times. This move, hopefully, will be our last. Now that the major construction is behind us, we can begin to work on paying down the mortgage of $220,000 while planning, at the same time, for our future expansion.
Won't you please consider making a tax-deductive donation to support our Furry Friends Halfway House while we continue to work for the increasing number of cats and kittens counting on us? We are an all volunteer organization, there are no paychecks. All money goes to the care of the cats and keeping a roof over their heads.