Pictured at the groundbreaking at the Adams County SPCA are: from left, Scot Pitzer, representing state Senator Rich Alloway (R-33); Katie Carroll, SPCA board member; Abby Avery, SPCA shelter manager; Ann Birely, board secretary; Nancy Yang, board vice president; Joan Stremmel, board president; Jim Martin, Adams County commissioner; and Andy Feeser of Conewago Contractors. (Junction Creative photo)
The Adams County SPCA in historic Gettysburg, PA, broke ground on Tuesday for the $1 million renovation and expansion of its facility.
The Adams County SPCA, serving its communities since 1976, lauded the efforts of Junction Creative Solutions, a marketing and consulting firm headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., with an office on Baltimore Street in Gettysburg, for its role in developing the strategy and assisting in the planning for the “Raise the Woof” capital campaign.
The firm was equally impressed with efforts and progress made by the non-profit.
“Last year, we worked with the Adams County SCPA to develop a capital campaign to support the much needed renovations to the existing shelter. President Joan Stremmel, the Board, staff, and volunteers are dedicated to reaching its goal of $1 million,” Junction Creative CEO Julie Gareleck said. “The groundbreaking represents a huge milestone and is certainly representative of the commitment this team has to raising the roof!”
When the groundbreaking took place, the “Raise the Woof” Campaign was near the halfway mark, with $385,000 raised.
The Adams County SPCA receives just three percent of its annual funding from government resources, relying largely on the generosity of the local community. The Warehime Foundation contributed $100,000; the Berwager Foundation, $60,000; and the Thomas L. Cline Foundation $50,000 toward the campaign.
At the groundbreaking, Stremmel said she was, “overwhelmed by the support from so many people and organizations.” She acknowledged that there is still much work ahead as the facility also manages its $550,000 operating budget. “We know we are going to have to work for this. There may be tough months ahead. But I’m confident we will do it.”
The 55-foot expansion, to get underway in the next two weeks, will allow the SPCA to house more than 2,200 animals each year. Renovations include a surgery room, dog intake expansion, prep and recovery room, three to four cat condos where felines can live together in one room, reception area expansion, “get acquainted” room expansion, supply room, conference/training room, increased office space, and a new heating and cooling system.
“This will improve our care of cats by about 20 percent,” Stremmel said.
The Adams County SPCA offers awareness, advocacy and prevention programs, in addition to providing save shelter and care for lost, abandoned and abused animals. Its staff investigates suspected cruelty and neglect. The facility also reduces the overall animal population through spay/neuter programs.
“The SPCA touches and affects so many,” board vice president Nancy Yang said. “It is at the junction of all economic and social groups. Animals don’t have anybody. They cannot file for welfare. It’s up to us.”
About Junction Creative Solutions
Junction Creative Solutions (Junction) combines the intellectual capital of a consulting firm with the creative execution of an advertising agency to create effective and measurable strategies and solutions. The solutions align with specific business goals and objectives, and provide consistency from strategic planning through execution. As a result, our clients are able to maximize opportunities to react, adapt, and thrive — ultimately creating more sustainable and competitive businesses. Junction’s award winning portfolio boasts successful strategies and agency solutions for SMBs and Fortune 500 companies. Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, Junction also has an office in Gettysburg, PA.