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Long-held dream closer to reality

March 31, 2014

ICARE founders Ted and Lisa Schade recently announced that the community is close to raising the $800,000 needed to build a new animal shelter in Big Pine. Fundraising efforts will continue throughout the spring, and Inyo County will go out to bid on the project this May. File photo

ICARE of the Eastern Sierra is making the final push towards raising $800,000 for a new animal shelter in Big Pine.
During a presentation to the Inyo County Board of Supervisors March 25, ICARE President Ted Schade said that about $726,000 has been raised for the Raise the Roof – A Cause for Paws campaign. “We have about $70,000 to go to build the facility we think we need. We’re not there yet, we really haven’t reached the goal, but this is the final push, we’re in the home stretch.”
ICARE launched its Cause for Paws fundraising effort last April. At the time, Schade told the Board of Supervisors that the current animal shelter, a 90-year-old dairy barn that has been converted into a shelter, is inadequate, lacking facilities for proper care of the animals housed there and facilities for the human workers who care for them.
“The shelter we have is an awful place,” Schade said last year. “It was built in the ’20s, and was never meant to be an animal shelter. The first ICARE dinner we had (in 1997) we raised $30,000 for rehabilitation and new kennels and that bought us a decade-and-a-half, but that time is up and the time has come for a new facility.”
In April, Deputy Public Works Director Jim Tatum presented three conceptual drawings of a new shelter that range in price from $450,000 to $725,000; each proposed facility would include 24 dog kennels and 24 cat cages.

Read the full story in the Tuesday, April 1, 2014 edition of The Inyo Register.

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