Chesapeake Humane Society expands sheltering for homeless animals and adds program for emergency boarding
The former Las Gaviotas Pet Hotel and affiliated Animal Assistance League is now home to the Chesapeake Humane Society (CHS). The Pet Hotel faced significant impacts during the pandemic. Instead of just closing their doors, they donated the property to the Chesapeake Humane Society in January 2021.
The property is 3.5 acres with a 7,000 square foot building already outfit with dog runs, plenty of caging, and a large outdoor play yard. It’s perfect for the Humane Society to fulfill their long-time goal of expanding their adoption program and helping more pets throughout Hampton Roads and Northeast North Carolina.
The building is in excellent structural condition however the interior is dated and lacks office and meeting space that CHS desperately needs. The Humane Society is currently working with RRMM Design Build to renovate and the shelter is expected to open in late summer or fall of 2021.
The New Mill facility will be a second location for the Chesapeake Humane Society, serving as a dedicated animal sheltering facility for dogs, cats, and small animals. The current location on Battlefield Blvd will continue serving the public with low-cost veterinary clinic services.
CHS will expand their services by offering Crisis-Based Boarding to the Hampton Roads region once their new facility opens. The goal of this new program is to eliminate barriers for pet owners seeking social services by offering temporary boarding at low- or no-cost. This program serves as a way to keep pets with their families while they are experiencing temporary hardship such as victims escaping domestic abuse, human trafficking, families displaced by house fires, or citizens faced with unexpected medical procedures.
“Our new crisis-based boarding program will help pets stay with the ones they love at a time when that human-animal bond and companionship is so important. We are here to help the community with what we do best, provide support and care for pets, and we are partnering with wonderful organizations so they can do what they do best, provide support and care for people,” said Lacy Shirey, executive director of the Chesapeake Humane Society.
The Chesapeake Humane Society is exploring partnerships with local nonprofits like The Samaritan House and the HER Shelter to provide a well-rounded service to those in need.
If you are interested in supporting our Crisis Boarding program, please consider a donation to our Crisis Boarding Fund.