Pacific Cove Continues to Goal (article seen in the Bandon Western World on April 7, 2016)
Pacific Cove Humane Society reached an important and exciting milestone last year. We purchased a building and property that is ideally located for our new animal adoption center. Our building was paid in full, with generous donations that we received from our supporters. This property is in Coos Bay, just off of Ocean Boulevard on Vine Avenue. This location makes it convenient for community members and volunteers to participate in our planned education and training programs and is near the population center of Coos County, which will make it easy for families who want to adopt and those who have to surrender a pet to make use of our services. The convenience for volunteers will assure that we are adequately staffed to care for and train the animals in our care.
Pacific Cove Humane Society (PCHS) is an all-volunteer, community supported, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is under the direction of a board of directors. PCHS is dedicated to the humane care and responsible adoption of homeless companion animals in Coos County. We receive no government funds, tax money or support from national humane societies. In other words, we have no paid staff.
The Pacific Cove Humane Society Board is determined to accrue no debt in completing our goal of creating an animal adoption center. Unfortunately that means we can only proceed to each new step as quickly as donations and other funds come in.
We have enough money in the bank to take an initial step in making PCHS’s forever home. Coos Bay’s conditional use permit requires us to tackle the parking areas as our first project– to put in an upper level ADA parking area and to pave the lower parking area with an ADA parking space. Once the board decides which bid to accept, we will apply for a building permit and get started on the parking area. The bids for the parking area alone are coming in at just under $50,000, which gives you an idea of the continued need to raise additional funds to continue the remodel.
We are now wrestling with our next steps for Vine Avenue. Our architect, Lon Samuels, has developed plans to transform this previous church and residence into a modern Pet Adoption, Care, and Education Center.
The question: Do we raise money to do the total remodel as designed by Lon, or do we make changes on a smaller scale so we can open our doors to serve pets in need as soon as possible? There are credible arguments for both strategies. The pace and amount of donations and fundraising efforts and other funding sources will influence the board’s decisions.
Our biggest fundraiser the Bite of the Bay is fast approaching, onTuesday, April 12 in the Mill Casino Hotel’s Salmon Room from 6:00 to 10:00. The board members and other volunteers have been gathering donation items for the silent and live auction, however are welcoming new donations if businesses would still like to donate. Another fundraiser, Santa Paws, is on November 5, 2016. We are also looking to form partnerships with community individuals and businesses for ideas with other fundraisers such as donation boxes, bake sales, car washes, donations of a portion of sales proceeds, etc.
While we are working to open our animal adoption center, we continue to operate our People to People Pet Adoption Program. Since 2006 Marie, our adoption coordinator, has coordinated 612 adoptions for dogs, cats, bunnies and birds. She has also arranged foster homes for 159 pets until they found their forever homes. We have also fostered for long term patients at Bay Area Hospital and other long care facilities, so these pets can go back home when the owners return home.
We are also in the process of aquiring a grant to develop an updated Pacific Cove Humane Society’s Strategic Plan. The original plan was created in 2001 and our community has changed significantly since then. We have successfully accomplished the targeted goal of acquiring a building and land for a new facility.
Currently we are looking for one or two new board members who have a passion for animals, and expertise in communications, organization, fundraising and/or grant writing. This board is a working board. That means we do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to projects and activities. If you are interested in becoming a board member please call the PCHS number, 541-756-6522 and leave a message.
For more information you can also contact Kate Sharples at 541-404-6704 or visit www.pacificcove.org