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
With the recent news of the possible animal shelter building sale, Newberg Animal Shelter Friends would like to take the opportunity to share what we do for our community.
When we were asked by the City of Newberg to operate the shelter in 2014, we started with a blank slate and built processes, procedures, a volunteer base, protocols, and staff in three years while continuing to improve the building. We did this gladly to provide care for the animals and do the right thing for our city and our donors. NASF and the city agreed upon a three-year lease with the terms set at $1.00 per year rent and the city agreed to pay utilities. These terms were in recognition of our agreement to operate the shelter at no charge by NASF to the city. The lease was fully vetted by all concerned parties and the terms were agreed to and approved by a unanimous vote of the city council.
In the next few weeks we will be working with the city to understand the details on the next steps. Our highest priority is to continue to be good stewards for the animals and for our supporters.