Furry four-legged friends provide unconditional love for their human companions. The Friends of the Animal Center Foundation (FACF) is returning that loyalty with funding for a shelter while homeless pets await a new friend and a home.
In July 2014, Iowa City broke ground at 3910 Napoleon Lane on an 11,370-square foot building designed by Neumann Monson Architects. The new facility will serve the communities of Iowa City, Coralville, University Heights, Johnson County and the University of Iowa. Occupancy is expected in 2015.
FACF committed $1 million in a five-year period to fund the center. The $2.8 million project is funded by Federal Emergency Management Agency dollars, state funds, general obligation bonds and other governmental contributions. Since the flood, the Animal Center has been at a temporary location at 4852 Sand Road.
Tara Mott, FACF Board of Directors President, says in 2011, FACF partnered with the Community Foundation of Johnson County (CFJC) creating an endowment fund to provide contributors tax advantages for their financial gifts honoring animals. Last year, CFJC awarded FACF a grant to help fund an Animal Center that was destroyed in the 2008 Flood.
Before launching a capital campaign for the new center FACF completed a feasibility study determining the facility's viability.
Mott says, "As the only shelter in Johnson County, the Iowa City Animal Care & Adoption Center is a resource to a very large community. The Center has been without a permanent home too long. The new facility addresses capacity limitations, infrastructure concerns and functionality."
Formed in 1999, the purpose of Friends of the Animal Center Foundation is to raise funds to support and expand the animal care services of the Iowa City Animal Care & Adoption Center. FACF also assists with training to increase adoptability of dogs by teaching basic dog obedience, and provides for the health needs of animals.
Mott says the CFJC grant helped support a new facility that meets the national standards for animal shelters, focusing on areas such as less stressful housing, air quality and ventilation, and space for humane medical treatment. "Those who donate to this endeavor have an opportunity to create an Animal Center that mirrors the passion our community has for animals. We are grateful to the Community Foundation of Johnson County for its contribution to this worthy cause."
*FACF is a Community Foundation of Johnson County Partner in Philanthropy.