After four years of raising funds for its Animal Adoption Center, HART for Animals will hold its groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, May 14, at the Bumble Bee site in McHenry (located near the Bumble Bee Road refuse and recycling center).
The ceremony, which will take place at 11 a.m., will be by invitation only and will feature a dog “breaking ground” with her paw to start the day. Some of the invited guests include state and local officials, the former and current commissioners, and other local government officials who have been instrumental to HART’s progress, the HART board of directors, volunteers, donors, and supporters. After the ceremony, guests will be served a light lunch.
The HART Adoption Center represents a unique concept – compassion supported by a business framework – that is gaining popularity among U.S. animal welfare communities, according to Mercedes Pellet, HART development director.
“As government budgets shrink in a tight economy, homeless animals often become first-line casualties when local shelters have to close for lack of funding,” she said.
To avoid that outcome, HART will operate two major revenue-producing businesses, with the profit used to pay for the operation of the adoption (shelter) area. The two core businesses are a boarding spa and a veterinary clinic, supported by grooming, training, and retail services that will also produce revenue for the shelter.
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