Case Statement – Giving Prospectus
The History of Love
North Fork Animal Welfare League (NFAWL) was incorporated in 1963 to organize the many volunteers of the Southold Animal Shelter. NFAWL welcomes animal lovers of all kinds, but the core base of NFAWL is people who care about their own animals and the animals in our community.
In 1980 the Certificate of Incorporation of NFAWL was amended to enable NFAWL to contract with the Southold Town to manage and operate Southold Animal Shelter. Under the League’s direction, the Southold Town Shelter has become one of the top rated shelters in the country, offering an array of comprehensive services for both the animals in the community and their caretakers.
In late 2012, the Town of Riverhead approached the League to bring the same loving care and excellence in management to the Town’s shelter. On March 1, 2013, North Fork Animal Welfare League took over the management and operation of the Riverhead Town Shelter.
North Fork Animal Welfare League now operates two Animal Shelters: Southold and Riverhead, to care for animals by locating owners of lost animals, by finding homes for homeless animals, and by providing home, food, grooming, exercise, and medical treatment. North Fork Animal Welfare League provides humane education programs for the public in order to teach current and future generations how to best care for and interact with the animals in our community.
The Purpose of Love
- Provide Animal Care and Control for the Towns of Southold and Riverhead;
- Provide humane housing, veterinary care, food and love for our sheltered animals;
- Reunite lost pets with owners;
- Respond to injured and orphaned wildlife situations and provide relief;
- Find great homes for the homeless animals that come into our care;
- Educate the public regarding responsible animal care and provide humane education programs to schools and groups;
- Provide low to no cost spay/neuter and vaccination services;
- Sterilize and care for feral cats through our FFAT Cat program;
- Provide subsidized veterinary care for needy individuals;
- Provide free pet food for anyone in need through our Food Pantry;
- Provide volunteers for national and international animal relief programs.
The Mission of Building Love
The mission of the North Fork Animal Welfare League is to provide humane care and treatment for all of the animals needing protection in our community. Never is a healthy, adoptable animal killed for the sole crime of being homeless. Spay/neuter and humane education are two of the most important tools utilized in the fulfillment of our mission.
There Is No Shelter like a Humane Community
Why We Need to Build Love
The current location of the Riverhead Town Shelter has seen great improvements under the leadership of the NFAWL. However, there are structural and situational challenges that cannot be changed and which are detrimental to good health and positive family placements for the animals in our care.
The present location of the Riverhead Animal Shelter is located alongside the Town dump and waste processing plant. The air quality problems that exist from being situated next to this facility are persistent, as is the volume of noise from the plant and the trucks that come and go all throughout the day. The building has a poor, outdated ventilation system and almost no windows to speak of, resulting in poor lighting. Properly heating or cooling the building is not possible with the HVAC system currently in place.
The dogs in our care reside in two rows of pens across a narrow corridor. The ability to look across at one another exacerbates the already stressful situation in which homeless dogs find themselves. When dogs are walked outside, noise from the trucks heading to and from the dump and processing plant causes excessive stress. Further, there is no designated walking path creating safety issues for the dogs and their walkers. There is no space for the housing of cats, the offering of humane education or volunteer training, or the storage of donated equipment or supplies.
Having explored several “fixes”, it has become obvious that the current building is not capable of handling the current or future needs of the animals in our care. Moving to a new space is the most viable solution.
Building Love to Make Adopting Love More Viable
The current Town shelter sits in an undesirable location – next to the Town dump and a waste processing center, with a significant amount of traffic created by dump trucks coming and going. By relocating to the Henry Pfeifer Community Center, more families will come to the shelter to adopt their family pet from the North Fork Animal Welfare League.
Providing a safe, clean, inviting space for individuals and families to enter will make the idea of adoption more palatable to the community. The space configuration will reduce stress for the dogs, and enable the League to accept cats for the first time. The League will have the space to offer community education programs, bringing the residents of the area to the shelter. A new, state-of–the art shelter with a friendly environment and ample space will increase the League’s exposure to the community, be more inviting for residents and volunteers and, therefore, increase our adoption rates.
Building Love to Educate
A vital element in serving the animals of the Town of Riverhead is to offer education on humane treatment of animals. The new Riverhead facility will have a designated space so that educational programs will be available to children and organizations of Riverhead and the surrounding areas. With the new facility to provide the needed space, NFAWL will expand its ability to serve as an important educational resource to our community. Outreach programs and new initiatives, offered at the new facility and out in the community, will enable NFAWL to strengthen relationships with schools, scout groups, civic groups, and other programs interested in workshops and speakers.
Building Love to Engage the Community
Animals are an integral part of our lives. Many people throughout the country report that the relationship they have with their companion animal is among the most valued relationship in their lives. NFAWL works to foster these relationships and to ensure the animals in the area it serves is one of dignity and caring. You have the ability to give love with a gift to the North Fork Animal Welfare League’s new Riverhead Shelter Campaign. Your gift will help provide a new temporary state-of-the-art home for unwanted, homeless animals, and ample space for humane educational for everyone in the community. Your gift can make it possible for the homeless animals in Riverhead to have a clean, safe, healthy and dignified place to live until a forever home can be identified. Join the campaign and help us build a Riverhead shelter the entire town can feel proud of; where the respect and value of the animals is evident in every space built for their care.
Building Love for the Future
The choice to undertake a capital campaign is an ambitious one, and one that is not taken lightly. The Board of the North Fork Animal Welfare League carefully assessed all options to upgrade the current space. However, even with improvements made to the current physical space, there is no way to upgrade the space to a healthy, safe environment for homeless dogs and cats. Therefore, NFAWL has determined that the best potential future for the animals of the Town of Riverhead and their caregivers lies in moving the Riverhead Animal Shelter to a new space that, following renovations, will be safe, clean, state-of-the-art, inviting place. The Riverhead Shelter Campaign will ensure that the future of the animals of Riverhead will be a bright one.