Last year, AHeinz57 helped almost 2,000 animals receive the love, attention and medical care they needed. As a result of this important Capital Campaign, we will be able reduce the number of healthy and treatable dogs at risk of euthanasia by increasing our yearly adoptions numbers.
A new modern facility will allow us to:
- Increase the number of adoptions. We have averaged a 36% yearly increase since 2008!
- Prevent disease and illness in the animals in our care.
- Medically treat the additional animals we save.
- Be a warm and welcoming place for potential adopters to visit.
- Reduce stress to the animals so that they are healthier, happier, and more adoptable.
- Offer education and training to address the root causes of animal abuse, homelessness, and abandonment.
- Create a pleasant, improved work space for volunteers.
- Be a community resource center where children and adults are educated to become responsible pet owners.
AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport was founded in 2008 by Amy Heinz with the rescue of a dumped and abandoned dog on Interstate 80 near De Soto. That dog, who meant nothing to the person who left her, became everything to Amy. Grace, as she then became known, inspired Amy to do more.
Initially working out of her garage, Amy found homes for 100 homeless dogs in our first year. Since then we have grown from a handful of volunteers to over five hundred. AHeinz57 is one of the fastest growing no-kill rescues in the state, saving over 2000 animals in 2015. Our medical care to injured dogs in need, carefully matched adoptions and pre-adoption home visits have earned us exemplary status within the rescue community.
Years of piecing together an old vet clinic to meet the needs of a rescue have left us locked into a building that doesn’t fit our needs. We can no longer work efficiently in our current building. A tiny medical suite, dog kennels in awkward spaces and outdoor areas in need of constant repair, AHeinz57 is ready for a new facility that will allow us to perform our day to day objectives in a fiscally responsible way.
Where We Are Today
Our current facility is an old vet clinic which had been remodeled through the years to fit our needs. As AHeinz57 has grown and changed, accommodations have been made to try to keep up with increased demands. The current adoption area, medical suite, laundry room, and dog kennels do not have adequate space, disease control, energy efficiency, ventilation or noise control.
Because our kennels to not have outside access, our dogs must be leashed and led outside to access our outside runs. Passing by other dogs with behavioral issues often causes anxiety in some dogs and promotes aggression in others. The outside runs were built many years ago and have outdated chain-link fencing which is constantly in need of repair. Fence lines need to be checked regularly to make sure digging dogs cannot escape. Muddy areas outside make it virtually impossible to keep our inside areas clean.
Our storage area is at the back of the building and requires our volunteers to hand carry shipments of dog food and all donations through the building and several doors. Shelving was built three levels high to provide additional storage but requires access via ladders to obtain regularly needed items.
Adoptions are performed in our cramped office area, often sharing the space with a dog we have no other spot for. An attic area above our office was converted into a loft to allow for more storage however cramped quarters and poor lighting make it difficult to access and utilize.
Our building does not provide adequate space for isolation of sick dogs which requires us to take extra precaution when transporting them in and out of the building. The lack of a birthing area that allows for delivery of puppies in disease free conditions requires us to find foster homes for our pregnant mother and their pups.
Parking is limited and cars are often blocked in due to lack of space. Potential adopters visiting our facility have to be asked to move their vehicles when our transport van arrives full of dogs and pups so we can unload. Our three transport vans must be kept outside because we have no garage availability. Transport kennels must be disinfected and dried after each trip to assure conditions are disease free, however with no wash bay volunteers must do this by hand.
AHeinz57 wants a facility that families are eager to visit. We must replace our current small and insufficient adoption area with a new, inviting, and family-friendly place where we can significantly increase adoptions and ensure that forever matches are made. We need a facility that is safe for our dogs, our volunteers and our visitors. A place where new beginnings are made!
Thank you for supporting the AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport! Your support in this campaign is the single best investment your can make to ensure that we are able to save more animals than ever dreamed possible!