Let’s Make it a Home

In April we celebrated a historical milestone when we broke ground on a new animal shelter for our community. Today, we are kicking off a housewarming campaign to transform this new facility from a house to a home.

The goal is to move into the new building early next year, but before that can happen items are needed that will provide the comforts and care our animals deserve. Whether it is soft dog beds, furniture for meet and greet rooms or climbing shelves for active kitties, it is all needed. And, together we can make it happen.

Learn more, view our interactive floorplan and give a housewarming gift today by visiting http://www.unleashbc.com/

When we started this journey to build a new shelter, we knew there would be community support behind this endeavor. What we didn’t know was how strong that support would be. Together we built the house and together we can make it a home!


Because of the generous support of our community, we have exciting news to share…



Contracts are being drawn up with our selected contractor. Once this is complete and the environment allows, we will begin moving dirt on a new animal shelter for Brown County!

Our community came together and raised the full $3.2 million needed to build a new animal shelter. This was only possible because of you. Thank you doesn’t seem enough to express our gratitude.

We couldn’t have done this without you.

Moving forward

We are excited to share that progress continues to be made on the new animal shelter.  Most recently, the project went out for bid to potential contractors for the construction. This is the final step needed before we can begin moving dirt!

The bidding process will wrap up in late February. Then, weather permitting, groundwork can begin by late Spring/early Summer. Stay tuned for more updates as we move forward.

Community Raises $200,000 for Dr. James Brester Animal Treatment Room

Thanks to the support of so many, $200,000 was raised to name the Doctor James Brester Animal Treatment Room within the new shelter. Community members worked hard to raise $80,000, which was matched by the Howard Hughes Passthrough Fund at the Brown County Community Foundation with an additional $120,000 toward the naming opportunity.

Megan Gushwa, development manager for the Brown County Humane Society says, “We are ecstatic to be able to make this announcement and share the great news with everyone who made this possible. From all of us at the humane society, as well as Doc Brester and his family, thank you.”

With the $200,000 for the Dr. Brester challenge, the total raised for the new shelter building stands at $3,086,081 of the $3.2 million goal.

Groundwork is expected to begin in spring of 2020.

Project Update October 2019

Here is latest update on progress, both with fundraising and with the actual building project.

The Financials
o    Updated total raised: $2,807,928 in pledge
     o    Updated total received to-date: $2,043,095

We are exploring every potential of giving to meet our goal of $3.2 million. Recently, we have requested funds from:

     –  County Council as well as the Town Council.
     –  Grants through several local and national Foundations
     –  Tabling at the County Courthouse during October
     –  Meeting one-on-one with potential donors
     –  Public mailings and emails to past supporters, adopters, government employees as well as others connected with BCHS

The Building Process
–  Land survey and title work are complete
     –  Engineers, BCHS representatives and County officials met to discuss state application process, building permits, septic, HVAC systems and building site prep.
     –  Currently working on wrapping up the Design Development Phase, which includes floorplans, finishes, mechanical systems, etc.
     –  The next phase will be to complete construction documents needed to put the project out for bidding to contractors.
     –  Once those are complete, builders can be hired and construction can begin

The Big Question – when will you see dirt moving?
At this time, unfortunately, we do not have a firm answer. We want to ensure we are being diligent in completing each step fully. We are not able to move dirt until the contractors are hired, which cannot happen until construction documents are complete. Everything is moving along, it just takes time to complete each step.

What you can do to help us meet our goal
Our biggest request is to spread the word about our campaign with everyone you know. In order to hit our goal, we need to reach everyone willing to hear our message. That is where you come in!
     – Like our capital campaign Facebook page (Unleash Brown County) and share any posts from that page
     – Send emails to friends and family with information about our campaign
     – Host a party at your house to promote our campaign. A BCHS board or staff member will help you plan the evening and attend to share details with your guests. Call Megan at (317) 946-8235 to learn more.

Project Update for July 2019

Preliminary drawings have been completed for the Topographic Survey. 

The architect and the BCHS committee are working on the design development phase. This requires making decisions about what types of doors, locks, drains, windows, kennel gates, cleaning methods, number and location of power outlets, and every other internal element, will be used. Each decision requires thought about functionality, health, safety, efficiency, and cost.

For example, an upcoming planning session will focus on the 46 doors needed for the shelter. 

Next Phases Underway

On June 14, 2019 the project team met with the engineers and county officials to review all current plans for the building.

On June 15th, 2019 the team met with the architect to begin planning the interior details, including reviewing options for all of the materials, finishes and hardware, placement of doors and windows, equipment, etc.