Kent Animal Shelter raised about $30,000 at its third annual Wines & Canines 5k Dog Walk and Run at Martha Clara Vineyards last Sunday.
The event raised money to help animals at the shelter, contribute to programs and to help the shelter build a new $2.5 million facility at its Calverton property, shelter officials said.
Volunteers and staffers alike at the River Road shelter has been working to raise money for the new facility for about a year-and-a-half, and have raised about a quarter of the money needed to date, said Kent Executive Director Pam Green on Friday.
“A lot of people are expressing interest in the project,” she said. “We’re trying to get more community involvement.”
Ms. Green said the nonprofit organization has already received DEC permits for the new shelter, and is about to submit plans to the town planning board and the county health department. She said they’re planning a big event for next year to help push the construction funding over the top and expects the permitting process to take about six months.
“We may not reach our goal by the time we break ground. It will possibly be a phased project,” she said. “We’re hoping when people see that it’s really going to happen, they’ll contribute.”