For Immediate Release
Oakdale, CA – ASTRO (Animal Shelter To Riverbank & Oakdale) Foundation announced today that it has retained Animal Shelter Fundraising, a consulting firm specializing in helping animal welfare groups with fundraising, marketing, and operations, to conduct a fundraising feasibility study for the 501c3 non-profit organization based in Oakdale, CA.
The study will be conducted over the next 12 weeks and provide a comprehensive report to the organization’s board assessing their readiness and ability to raise capital funds for a no-kill animal shelter. ASTRO is proposing construction of an approximately 8,000 square foot facility with projections to house over 2,000 animals per year. The new shelter will incorporate a youth volunteer program, which will teach students valuable skills while offering them the pride that comes with being part of the solution to animal homelessness.
The existing, 800 square foot, concrete block, city shelter was built 40 years ago and is located at the end of a little-used rural road between a gun range and sewer plant. At times the shelter holds upwards of 40 animals and is overcrowded. Inadequate space contributes to a number of problems including fighting and spread of disease. It can be noisy and terrifying for the animals. Cats, as well as young and/or sick animals are very sensitive, and stressful conditions can make their health deteriorate rapidly.
The ASTRO Board of Directors states, “The fundraising feasibility study is a necessary next step in the process toward building a facility that will ultimately help us to save many more animals. Animal Shelter Fundraising was selected due to their extensive experience working with groups that support animal shelters specifically.”
Tim Crum, founder and CEO of Animal Shelter Fundraising remarks that the objectives of a feasibility study for ASTRO are to develop a case for support for a new shelter, identify the amount of funding that can be raised and time required, pinpoint people willing to make leadership gifts to the project, gauge the readiness of the organization to engage in a capital campaign, and create a timeline in which to conduct the campaign.
Individuals and companies interested in participating in the feasibility study should contact Jaydeen Vicente at Jaydeen@astrofoundation.org