Buy the Building Matching Campaign!
To our supporters,
We have exciting news to share!
We have been engaged with the city of Newberg as it considers the sale of the Newberg Animal Shelter building. Given the uncertainty that has brought, it has become clear that the best path toward a stable future for the shelter is to buy the building ourselves.
This will require a significant fundraising campaign. We are thrilled to announce that Newberg businessman and A-dec founder Ken Austin and his family, through a fund set up with the Oregon Community Foundation, will match every dollar raised!
“I grew up here, surrounded by animals,” Ken said. “Our family has shared a love of animals my entire life, and we’ve been proud to support the Newberg Animal Shelter’s mission and the vital role it plays in our community.”
In 2016, when the shelter needed a new HVAC system, the Austin family offered $15,000 in matching funds. With the money that was left over, we established the Joan Austin Angel Fund. Named for Ken’s late wife, it is a permanent fund with a priority toward medical care and emergency situations.
Crista Eberle, president of Newberg Animal Shelter Friends, adds “Ken and the Austin family have been continual supporters of the shelter, and a guiding light during this key transitional time for the shelter. We are eternally grateful for their support.”
This month, the Newberg City Council is set to consider the next steps in this process. The city manager has said the equity NASF already has in the building — more than $600,000 worth — should be recognized.
Since the city announced it was considering a sale of the shelter, we’ve been overwhelmed by the community’s support. You’ve written letters and emails. You’ve attended council meetings. You’ve continued to volunteer and help where help was needed. Together, we can secure the future of our community’s homeless pets.
We have an opportunity to take control of our future. There’s a lot of work to do. That work starts now.
NASF Board of Directors
Donations can also be mailed to our mailing address, 901 Brutscher St, STE D, PMB 107, Newberg, OR 97132