Renovation Capital Campaign
Elmbrook Humane Society is renovating, and we need your help to make it happen!We want to improve the lives of the animals in our care by creating an environment that fits our mission, vision, and values. We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about the renovation below but keep coming back to this page for updates and photos as they become available.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are we renovating?
The building we currently occupy was last renovated in 2006, and our operations have grown significantly since then. We’ve expanded our training and education programs, and require a larger space that allows us to help more people and animals in our community.
We’re also renovating with functionality and guest experience in mind. Shelters can be a stressful place for animals, and we want to minimize that stress as much as possible by creating temporary housing that’s as calming and comfortable as possible for them during their time with us.
What's being renovated?
Much of our current facilities will benefit from renovation. Our plans include flipping the adoption floor to create a large, enclosed cat room with socializing spaces built in, as well as individual suites for dogs instead of kennels. This will also allow us to move small animals to a quieter area of the shelter.
We’re also overhauling the front area of the building. Our training and education room will expand to almost twice its current size, to accommodate growing demand for our programs. The lobby will become a more welcoming space for the community, and we’re creating additional office spaces to accommodate our growing team.
Wouldn't a bigger building be better?
Bigger isn’t always better—it’s about how you use the space you have. In researching options to accommodate our growth, we found that renovating our current space to fit our needs would provide a much higher return on investment, as opposed to expanding our footprint. Additionally, our building is located on a floodplain, which would make expansion challenging and expensive.
Wouldn't a new building be better?
After investigating new buildings and considering our goals and resources, we determined that relocating to new facilities wouldn’t be the most responsible use of our resources at this time. Instead, renovation will allow us to increase the quality of life for the animals in our care and expand our programs and services—without a lengthy and disruptive relocation. Plus, we love our current location!
Will EBHS continue to operate via appointment after renovating?
We miss being able to welcome the community into our facility! After the renovation is complete, we’re excited to once again accept walk-ins for open viewing hours seven days a week. We plan to continue appointments for meet-and-greets and adoptions. Appointments for these services allow us to provide better counsels, make better matches, and schedule staff appropriately.
How much will the renovation cost?
The total proposed cost for the renovation is estimated to be about $800,000. This includes all work and materials, as well as finishings. We arrived at this estimate after comparing bids from several reputable contractors—all of which were generally in the same range and inclusive of the same costs.
How is the renovation being funded?
EBHS is seeking to cover the cost of renovations through a Capital Fundraising campaign. We will launch special fundraising efforts in 2023 to appeal to our community for help in paying for these much-needed renovations to our facilities. This includes appeals to corporate partners and community businesses. We’re also excited to announce that EBHS is the recipient of a generous beneficiary gift that has been pledged to help cover a portion of the cost of renovations!
How will donors be recognized for their contributions?
Because we’re appealing to the community to help cover a significant portion of our renovation costs, EBHS plans to recognize our generous donors in a variety of ways. We have set up several donation tiers, with corresponding forms of recognition. Please reach out to Anita Alfaro at email@example.com or Natalie Hoskins at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
When will contruction begin?
Construction is scheduled to begin in early January 2023. Thanks to generous terms from our construction and renovation partner, EBHS will have the option to pay for the improvements in installments. This allows us to begin construction immediately and pay for work as it’s performed (and after).
How long will the renovation take?
The renovation will be completed in phases over the course of about nine months, and it’s our hope to continue operations as normally as possible during construction. Our estimated completion date is September, 2023.
How will construction impact the animals?
The comfort, wellbeing and safety of our animals comes first, and we’ve strongly evaluated how renovations will affect the dogs, cats and small animals in our care. We have carefully planned all phases of construction to minimize any impact to our animals. That said, we will likely need to temporarily reduce the number dog transports we participate in during construction.
How will construction impact operations?
Each phase of construction will impact operations differently. We will temporarily suspend training and education programs at the shelter while the front area is being renovated, but plan to pivot to virtual options and off-site services during that time. Other day-to-day operations should continue with minimal disruptions. Any unexpected changes to normal operation will be assessed and communicated ahead of time.
Who's handling the renovation?
We have chosen to contract Impact General LLC for the renovation. Impact General LLC is an Oconomowoc-based commercial construction and remodeling company with more than 80 years of combined experience. They’ve assisted us every step of the way throughout the project so far, including providing blueprints and concept renderings, providing a comprehensive bid breakdown, and offering expert insight into how to maximize our investment in renovating our facilities. We are impressed with their professionalism and communication, and eager to partner with them!
How do I make a gift or get more information?
Please contact Anita Alfaro at email@example.com or Natalie Hoskins at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how to make a contribution to the Capital Campaign. You can also reach them by phone at their direct lines:
• Anita Alfaro, Annual Giving and Special Events Manager: 262-754-6597
• Natalie Hoskins, Executive Director: 262-754-9137