Donations for the Sitka Animal Shelter


Ground breaking   Cement pour    Frame work Ready for roof

The completed addition to the shelter.  It has been very useful and has made meeting new pets

comfortable in a clean, dry room with a couch and two easy chairs to use.

We've had such a run of good weather construction is zipping right along.  Some design flaws held construction up a little.  As you can see the exhaust fan is almost riding on the roof of the new addition.  But the two gentlemen working on the addition were able to "buck-up" and make some corrections to the blue prints and here we are. ready for the roof and siding.  Let it rain.

This visitation room is desperately needed, as there is no area currently at the shelter to meet with an animal someone is thinking of adopting.  We are using the hallway to meet with cat's and most dogs are taken outside during any kind of weather to meet with prospective adopters.  With all of the distractions of traffic in the hallway and outside activities to distract a dog, rarely is a bond met and many animals are overlooked because they don't show any interest in the person meeting it.  This room will have a couch and a couple of chair's in it to simulate a home setting.  When an animal is relaxed it will show it's "true colors" as far as its personality, and that is what a new owner is looking for, "Will this animal fit in at our home."

The Fran Edgecomb Visitation Room will also be utilized as a room for our bi-annual rabies clinics and dog washes we provide to the community, and will also have an area for much needed storage which wasn't included in the original plans when the shelter was built in 1996.

Some of the funds were also from donations ranging from penny collections in an elementary class, fifth grade annual Christmas donations to other more substantial memorial donations.  No funds are being taken out of the Sitka General Fund, but strictly from money donated directly to the Sitka Animal Shelter.

Memorials and tributes are often accomplished by donating to Animal Shelters. Donations show loving support for animals. Contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law. Mailing address:Attn: Sitka Animal Shelter, 304 Lake St. Sitka, AK. 99835, checks can be made to the Sitka Animal Shelter.

Donations currently are being contributed to an account reserved for the Sitka Animal Shelter building fund in hopes to add a "Visitation Room" on to the excising shelter building. This room will be a small room for prospective adopters to visit with an animal they are interested in. The room will have a carpet and a couple of stuffed chairs in it. There will be a couch and a small countertop to simulate an in-home setting. There people can play and visit with the animal they are interested in. It will be a good common ground area to introduce the new pet to the resident pet that is already in the home. Currently the only area to visit a perspective new animal is in the hallway between the cat room and the dog kennel room. As you can imagine the hallway is busy and noisy.

Any money raised for this endeavor will be restricted to the Sitka Animal Shelter only. The Sitka General Fund will never have access to these funds or any donations made to the Sitka Animal Shelter.

The Sitka Animal Shelter was completed in 1996. Fundraising began with a small group of women called the Friends of the Sitka Animal Shelter in 1993. Literally half of the funds needed for this building were that of donations.



This wall shows over 110 people responsible for the building of the Sitka Animal Shelter, all volunteer help.





Loving contributors gave via bake sales, and dog washes.



Without each and every dollar given for the animals, this building would still be the dream of 7 or 8 women.

Some of the contributions were substantial.

There is always a need for donations to be used for treatment of sick animals to make them adoptable, for benevolence, lifesaving efforts and the care of the animals at the shelter.

Items always needed:

Bleach, laundry detergent, cat toys, chew bones, leashes, dog collars, Gentle leaders, Halti-leads, large bath towels, hand towels and anything you might think would make an animals stay more comfortable.

Bring items to the Sitka Animal Shelter and leave by office door if no staff is available.


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