Here is the biggest announcement that AELAS has ever made:
We have bought an all steel 50' x 50' building to be used for our "real" sheltering facility. The "Keith Rayam Memorial building" will give us (when finished) 2 complete floors to work with, a full garage and decontamination area, along with interior dog kennels will be on the main floor and all cats will be handled upstairs. The building comes with a 20' x 24', 2 story Office with an apartment upstairs combination that is built against the building. Plus we will use the 10' x 60' trailer donated (sold to us for $1) for isolation. It has it's own heating and water system and all it needs is a proper ventilation system.
We are BEGGING FOR HELP!!! We have 30 days to move the buildings. We need a concrete expert to install the sonotubes and bases for the 8 "legs" of the main building and enough support for the caretakers/office building. We need the help and advice (I know...) advice of people that have actually built a metal building or even better yet - have disassembled - moved - and reassembled a 50 foot by 50 foot building!!! We have confirmed transport for the materials.
We need a roll of typar for the driveway and Many loads of gravel and crushed rock. We need 2 culverts about 10" or 12" in diameter. We need a septic tank. We need to have a well drilled. We Really need an electrician. Just think about every aspect of moving a building, we have the confirmed transport available - beyond that it is still All up in the air. Want to help? Email me: email@example.com and let us know - PLEASE!!!
We have been invited to participate in the Lovalaska program again in 2016. Pick-Click-Give Program here in Alaska raised $8,500 in 2015! Please think of us when you fill out your permanent fund application in January, February, March or April of 2016! Our goal is $20,000 this year - please help us get there!
Please call and let Mayor Navarre know that you feel it is time for the KPB to start his suggested "pilot program" in Nikiski for animal care and control for areas outside of the cities with the service. Ask Mayor Navarre this question: "When every other 2nd class borough in Alaska that has a population exceeding 13,000 residents provides animal care and control services - why does the KPB NOT provide the service, or allow us to run the pilot program to collect hard data - which currently does not exist to work with here pertaining to domestic animals.
October 7th 2014 the voters of the peninsula passed, by a majority vote, the enactment of 'limited animal control services". The assembly and the administration feels that the issue is "dead" because the voters rejected the Proposed funding for the program. Even though the voters passed the program.
Will we/Are we going to stand by and allow the borough to continue to ignore the issue due to FUNDING? Will we wait until a person is shot by someone shooting at a "stray" dog? Over the past decade there have been several snow machines as well as 4 wheelers that have been hit by bullets intended for a stray dog.
This must stop!
I have, personally, just invested my small inheritance from my mom passing, into building and providing the service - without Any commitment from the KPB at all. It is our Belief that there are enough residents here on the peninsula that are animal lovers, as well as throughout Alaska, that will donate $5 per YEAR, tax deductible as law allows - to make the program work! I estimate it's going to cost about $100,000 a year to operate. That means we only require 20,000 people to donate $5 per YEAR to make it work! Come on folks - we can get that many can't we?
The HSUS manages to raise enough money every year to have a $123 million dollar budget, without directly operating a single shelter in the USA. Approximately 23,000 Alaskan's donate to the HSUS yearly according to the HSUS's numbers. Can't some of that money be better used here in Alaska directly?
"Shoot, Shovel and Shut up" has NO PLACE in the 21st century!
To all the folks that donate to us for the animals - please remember to request a receipt for your donation if you would like one or need one. (For donations under $500 the IRS only needs a copy of the donation check...) The vast majority of our supporters prefer we spend the time and money on the animals - instead of paperwork and stamps.
Give us a call (907-776-3614) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) us about the new family member you are interested in and we will walk you through our adoption process. Most of our adoptable cats are located at the Soldotna Petco store or the Petco on Mountain View in Anchorage. AELAS is Petco's' designated partner for both of these Petco stores. We provide them with all their adoptable dogs and cats.
We are the original 'no kill for adoptable animals' sanctuary here in Alaska. Started in 2001 we have placed over 2,700 animals into new forever homes to date. We are involved in emergency response pertaining to people with pets throughout the State. We exist solely upon the donations made by people from this state as well as other states - like yourself for instance. Please take a moment and make a small donation to help the domestic animals of Alaska in kill shelters get 'out of jail' and into a new home.
All our animals are spayed or neutered prior to adoption and have current rabies vaccinations.
We want to thank our major sponsors the Petfinder Foundation, the Petco foundation and Walmart for all their support. We also want to thank the central peninsula Safeway stores and Save-U-More for their donations as well. A big Thank you to Kenai Auto Body as well as the Auto Knechtion on K-Beach, they keep our rigs looking good and mechanically sound. I want to also thank Rigid Industries for making such great LED lights for our rigs!
A Huge Thank you to our individual donors - without your support we would not exist!
We are located at mile 34.5 of the Kenai Spur Hwy, turn left on Coral street, bear left at the "Y" and come all the way back to the red house with all the barking dogs. We ask that people call before driving all the way out here - only to make sure we are here. We do this from our home, and there are times when Sue and I are both not here for short periods of time.
We have a few grey hoodies with our logo left - $50 + shipping.