By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — The Dearborn Animal Shelter is working to reach its $5.7 million goal for a new shelter with the help of local businesses and fundraisers.
The Dearborn Family and Pet Care Clinic, 24909 Michigan Ave. will host a bake sale and bazaar from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 17 to help the shelter reach that goal.
The fundraiser will feature baked goods and treats for animals and their owners. Raffles also will be held throughout the event.
Currently, the shelter has raised $3.4 million of its $5.7 million goal for a new shelter to continue caring for more than 2,000 dogs, cats and other species.
“We continue to be grateful for all the support the community is giving us,” shelter spokeswoman Sandy Boulton said. “With their help we can provide current and future animals with a great place to live and play.”
About $4 million will be used for construction, $400,000 for the value of the donated land, $400,000 campaign costs, $400,000 set for allowance for pledge defaults and $500,000 from endowments totaling $5.7 million.
The city donated the former Amtrak train station near the police station as the new location for the future 16,000-square-foot shelter.
The new shelter will fix issues the current shelter layout has, including ventilation to prevent illness, insulation for sound, animal unit layout and water flow.
The current shelter was built as a city pound in 1978, where animals were kept for a holding period until they were adopted.
The Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter began operating the shelter in 1996.
Over its 20 years of operation, the shelter has nurtured more than 45,000 animals.
For more information on the fundraiser or new shelter go to dearbornanimals.org.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)