Fulfilling the Dream of Animals in Need
Construction is nearing completion at the Copeland Center for Animal Welfare. Located at 290 Churchmans Road in New Castle, Delaware, the center will replace our current New Castle Campus with a larger, more comprehensive shelter and low-cost veterinary care facility. We’ve been lucky enough to follow along on the journey as the clinic space was updated and watch the shelter addition go from nothing but a pile of dirt to a beautiful, state-of-the-art space for homeless pets.
During our most recent visit of the construction site, we got to see the surgery table in the clinic space and the doors painted our gorgeous BVSPCA red. The clinic will double our capacity to treat and spay/neuter family pets and establish an intensive care unit (ICU) for shelter animals and family pets.
Cruelty survivor Lakota got an outing from his foster home to join us on our most recent visit to the site. He got to check out the new indoor/outdoor dog runs that his future shelter pals will be staying in while they wait for families. The adoption structural lumber, light-gauge framing and kennel roofing have been installed, and the walkways are currently being paved.
The shelter dogs aren’t the only ones that will have a calm place to decompress during their stay. Gorgeous cat cages for singleton cat residents have been fitted, and there will also be free-roaming rooms and a catio for most of the kitties.
We can’t wait to transition over there and fully utilize this fantastic new space later this Spring.
The Copeland Center for Animal Welfare recognizes the lead gift of Tatiana Copeland, a long-time advocate for animals in need. Since 2015, Mrs. Copeland has supported our Reggie’s Fund, named after her beloved dog, to cover critical medical needs when families cannot afford that care for the pets they love.
The Copeland Center for Animal Welfare will include resources for family pets and shelter animals in New Castle County as well as our other service areas based on its central location. Highlights include:
- First in-house shelter ICU in Delaware to treat shelter animals that currently go for outside emergency care as well as for families who can’t afford specialty care for their pets
- Double the clinic space for veterinary care for family pets
- Double the spay/neuter capacity
- New specialty surgery capabilities for shelter pets & family pets from all of our locations
- Quarantine treatment rooms to help more shelter & family pets with contagious diseases
- Indoor/outdoor dog runs & outdoor dog play yards
- Double the cat housing capacity
- Outdoor catio for adoptable cats
- Large community room for humane education & service groups
Nearly 10,000 homeless, abused and abandoned cats and dogs depend on us each year across the state of Delaware. That’s 26 animals per day coming through our doors looking for safety, love and hope. It amounts to 70% of the animals entering a shelter in the state. Many of those animals are lost, neglected and abused animals that come through our animal services contract with the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare. Others are owner surrenders, community cats and pets at risk of euthanasia in other shelters.
Your donation to help us open this new center will enable us reach more animals in need while giving families more options to care for the pets they love so they don’t become shelter animals. Please donate today as an investment in the animals depending on all of us.
To learn more, call 302-516-1003 in Delaware or 484-302-0049 in Pennsylvania.