Animal group growing

Durham protection society boosts development.

By Todd Cohen

DURHAM, N.C. [02.16.04] — Since hiring its first full-time development director nearly two years ago, the Animal Protection Society of Durham has increased its fundraising by half, and aims to have doubled it by the end of this year.

The funds are needed to cover the cost of caring for 6,000 animals a year, including operations for an expanded shelter.

The expansion, with construction funded with $1 million earmarked by Durham County, will open in February and add 8,000 square feet to the 15,000-square-foot shelter at 2117 East Club Blvd.

While the expanded shelter will house up to 60 cats and 116 dogs, with limited space for other pets, the group still euthanizes 75 percent of the animals it houses.

The group last year raised $225,000 in its annual drive, up from $125,000 a year earlier and $75,000 above its goal.

This year’s goal is $250,000, says Julia Wing, a former economist at Research Triangle Institute, and volunteer at the Orange County Animal Shelter, who joined the group in April 2002 as development director.

In addition to a fundraising breakfast Nov. 18 that has generated $30,000 in cash plus $53,000 in pledges, the group hopes to net $65,000 at its annual Walk for the Animals on May 1 at Duke University.

And it already has generated a donation and pledge of $10,000 each for a campaign it is starting to plan and hopes to launch within a few years to raise at least $100,000 for a new clinic to spay and neuter animals.

The Animal Protection Group also is launching “giving societies” to encourage planned gifts through wills and estate planning for an endowment that totals roughly $750,000 through bequests it has received over the past 10 years.

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