It was standing room only, as pet lovers, community leaders, volunteers and patrons of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter gathered at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Palm Springs Animal Shelter.
Highlights From the Ceremony
The ceremony opened with welcoming comments from Ginny Foat and Chris Mills, Palm Springs City Council. The City Council and City Manager, were acknowledged for their “watch dog” efforts and funding commitment for this project.
Shelter architect, George Miers, told the assembled group that he had designed and built shelters throughout the US and Canada and had rarely experienced such support and cooperation from a community and its leaders.
Douglas Kunz, DVM, President, Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, shared his memories of the shelter and his excitement for the future.
According to the Friends of the Palms Springs Animal Shelter, the community has grown and changed since 1961, when the current shelter was built. However, the ability to care for the desert’s abandoned, abused, and lost pets, remains stuck in the 60’s, in a 6,000 square foot cinder block ill-equipped building. “With overwhelming community and goverment support, we are almost there.”
Stephen Boyd, Vice President – Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, provided an overview of the goals for the future. The new sanctuary for lost, abandoned, abused and ill pets will serve the community by providing a facility that addresses all the aspects of animal care, one that will be a compassionate, educated and ecologically sustainable sanctuary for those pets that find themselves in need.
Councilwoman, Ginny Foat asked members of the audience with pets adopted from the Palm Springs Shelter to come forward. To everyone’s delight, a wonderful array of dogs and their happy owners were greeted with rounds of applause. After the ceremony, pet’s in attendance received doggie treats compliments of Bones N Scones. Gift wrapped bags of goodies for pets were provided by Petco of Palm Springs.
Douglas Kunz, DVM Photo: Maryle Malloy
The ceremony ended with a special blessing given by Dr. Sharron Stroud.
Donations are Critical to Completing the Shelter
Friends of the Palm Springs Shelter are asking for help to raise an additional $2,000,000 in order to complete construction according to the plans.
A Donor Recognition Program has been developed and particulars are available on the website.
Individual donations in any amount are welcome and greatly appreciated.