Any day now, Newberg Animal Shelter Friends will be the proud owner of the animal shelter building and property. The community came together and supported our ownership. The Austin Family, through the Oregon Community Foundation, offered a matching fund campaign to "Buy the Building". Without this support, we would be turning away strays, no longer rehoming animals, no longer bottle feeding baby kittens, cleaning out the building, hanging out the 'closed' sign. That would be hard to swallow.
Last October, we got the news the City of Newberg was planning to put the Animal Shelter up for sale. That was hard to grasp. After years of fundraising to build the shelter (for the City of Newberg, Animal Control Department) and then have it 'sold', took NASF by total surprise. We have been working diligently for the past year to complete this transaction.
We are very anxious to close the transaction, unleashing NASF, giving us operational freedom. Along with new ownership there's MORE responsibiliies: more expectations, more goals, more accountability, more animals, more staff and more volunteers.
And we need you MORE than ever! Through GlobalGiving, we've appreciated your donations in the past. We have had recurring donors cancel their pledge, we are truly sorry for this. As we've been diligent with our building purchase, some responsibilities lost momentum. We are truly sorry if we haven't been attentive to all donors, at all levels.
We have revamped our GlobalGiving options with new operational needs (rather than construction needs). We have been going through growing pains, which is a good sign. We hope you will take a new look at our organization.
"Animal Care" is our most important value and we believe our donors trust us to keep that value thriving.