On 11/13/2007 Mike Fry said: Thanks, Carol
Thanks for your feedback Carol.
The new adoption center will be MUCH more wheelchair friendly. Lack of good wheelchair access is one of several issues we have struggled with over the years.
I never let any of it cause me to think badly about the people who originally designed and built this shelter. There are days when I curse the original design of the building. However, given the very limited resources of the organization when it was built, I do not know that I could have done it any differently.
When Animal Ark built this shelter, the organization was just a little more than a group of volunteer foster homes. These dedicated people raised $250,000 dollars to built the original shelter. That was a huge accomplishment for them, but far less than was needed to build an ideal facility.
In our original plans, for the new adoption center, we included a wheel chair lift to the cat center. Funding for that never materialized. For several reasons, delivering this lift alone would add more cost to this project than this entire renovation is costing.
In spite of the fact that there will not be a wheel chair lift to the cat center, we will, at least, have wonderful socialization rooms on the first floor where people in wheelchairs can meet cats. We will also have staff and volunteers available to bring cats to the socialization rooms.
Though this is not a perfect solution, it will be a dramatic improvement over the current situation.