Here are the answers to some of the questions that we are most frequently asked about the status of our new shelter building. We appreciate the community’s interest in the building and thank you for your continued support.
The building is very close to being completed. Unfortunately, issues with the geo-thermal system and HVAC (heating and air conditioning) are preventing us from opening.
The building design includes in-floor geo-thermal heating for the comfort and safety of the animals in our care. When the system was installed, fluid was introduced into the system without anti-freeze and without the HVAC completed. This fluid froze during the winter (early 2016), resulting in damage to the system and multiple leaks.
BCHA filed a claim on our insurance policy for the damage, and our insurance company has paid out over $110,000 to repair and replace the damaged system. The work on the system is nearly complete. The remaining work involves the tie-in to the HVAC system and cannot be completed until the HVAC work is complete.
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Following the issue with geo-thermal system, the board requested an inspection and review of the HVAC (which was installed by the same contractor). This review resulted in two major findings.
Based upon the review, BCHA has hired a new contractor to redesign the system and install a new system per that design. The new design requires purchasing additional equipment to create the necessary zones. The estimated cost for the redesigned system (including installation) is approximately $60,000 to $70,000.
In order to pay for the redesigned system, BCHA is launching a new fundraising campaign to raise the money needed.
BHCA does have about $46,000 remaining from our original fundraising campaign. However, all of those funds have been allocated to other needs in the building, such as:
The board did consider filing legal action and consulted with an attorney to discuss the options. We certainly understand (and share) the feeling that the contractor should be held accountable. However, after much discussion, the board ultimately decided not to file any action. These are the main reasons why.
BCHA is a private animal rescue, not a government department. We receive no funding from the county budget. That means that we rely upon donations from the public to support our work.
The adoption fees that BCHA receives for our animals do not cover even the standard medical costs for that animal (vaccinations and spay/neuter), and if additional medical care is required, that adds to the deficit.
BCHA also cares for animals that need to be euthanized for health reasons and receives no adoption fees to offset those expenses.
In addition to fundraising for the shelter building, we also hold fundraisers for animal care.
BCHA needs volunteers in all sorts of areas.
People tend to think only about the animal care related needs, which is important, but BCHA also needs any skill that might be used to run a small business.