Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter enters final round of $3 million fundraising campaign

Holding the “Topping Off” beam at the Newport Beach Animal Sanctuary are (left to right) Sharon Esterley, FONBAS Board Member, Sandy Meadows, Newport Beach Board Member, Joy Brenner, Member Newport Beach Council, Jeff Boyles, Newport Beach Fire Chief, NBPD Lt. Joe Cartwright, Jon Lewis, Newport Beach Police Chief, Valerie Schomburg, NBPD Animal Control Supervisor (holding Officer Bubbles) , Tom Fischbacher, FONBAS Board Member, Diane Dixon, Newport Beach Board Member, Robyn Grant, FONBAS Board Member, Jon Langford, FONBAS Board Chairman. Photo by Chris Trela

Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter (FONBAS) has entered the final phase of its five-year, $3 million fundraising campaign to “Raise the Roof” of a new animal shelter in Newport Beach in an effort to raise the last $100,000 by October 1. 2022.

All contributions of $5,000 or more made by October 1 will be recognized on a permanent PawPrint donor wall that will be installed in the new state-of-the-art shelter being built on Riverside Drive.

Newport residents and longtime animal care advocates Eva and Doug Le Bon kicked off the fundraiser with matching donations of over $1 million that inspired donations from two anonymous donors totaling another million. dollars, followed by the enthusiastic support of pets in Newport Beach. community.

Last July, FONBAS organized a “Topping Off” ceremony to celebrate the placement of the last beam. Construction is now in the final stages and operations are expected to begin at the new shelter in late fall 2022.

Once completed, FONBAS will donate the new shelter to the city for continued operation by Animal Control Services, a special unit of the police department.

The new shelter will consist of a one-story 1,600 square foot building with a 750 square foot kennel to house dogs, cats and other animals, as well as parking, a reception area in the front yard and a secure backyard. exercise area, allowing for better care from staff and volunteers.

Animal services go beyond pet adoption to include temporary housing for lost dogs and cats until they are reunited with their owners, dog licensing, coyote and wildlife management, bite quarantine and other services.

FONBAS’ continued support will help meet additional medical, socialization or special needs of pets in residence and promote the adoption of those in need of forever homes.

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Founded in 2017 by a group of local community leaders in a public-private partnership with the City of Newport Beach, FONBAS supplements funding for the existing Newport Beach Animal Shelter to provide medical equipment and care. improved and is dedicated to providing a permanent animal refuge for the city of Newport Beach.