THE BIG BARN

The Big Barn will be ALIVE Rescue’s second brick-and-mortar location and we hope to complete construction in 2021. With a budget over $1,000,000, we need your help.

70

ACRES

4,800

SQUARE FEET

30

DOGS @ ONCE

1

HR. FROM CHICAGO

2x

OUR INTAKE

WHY DO DOGS NEED THE BIG BARN?

1

Some dogs tend to deteriorate in a “traditional” shelter setting due to factors including lack of stimulation, lack of exercise, etc.

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2

​​Some dogs need a little extra TLC before they’re ready to go to their forever home (or even a foster home). These dogs include seniors, pregnant/nursing moms and dogs with behavioral issues.

3

​Some dogs can’t find a foster home right away and need a retreat-like place to feel safe and decompress. This is the case for many of our long-term residents.

THE BIG BARN DETAILS

At the end of 2016, two prior adopters decided that they wanted to help us further our mission and generously donated a 4,800 square foot barn in Salem Lakes, Wisconsin to ALIVE Rescue. This donation will allow us to more than double the amount of animals we save. 

 

We received final approval from the village on December 11, 2017 to move forward with the project. There was a slight delay in the project because Salem and Silver Lake townships decided to merge, which put the permitting process on hold. Now that the merger has been completed, the village is eager for ALIVE Rescue to come to their community.

Most recently, we agreed that the project needed a general contractor (GC) to manage the project's construction. Avison Young Chicago offered to help us compile and disseminate a Request for Proposal (RFP) to several GC candidates and we contracted with PSG for pre-construction consulting services as well as GC services (and they've been AMAZING so far!). With their help, we broke ground in October of 2020.

The Big Barn will have two birthing suites for pregnant and nursing moms, a "retirement room" for any sanctuary dogs we take and 18 additional dog suites. There will be several fenced-in areas behind the barn designated as play lots. We will also have trails throughout the property that will allow for long dog walks. Half of the barn will be an indoor play area.

 
 

THE BIG BARN BUDGET

This budget was last updated 11/3/20. The budget is subject to change as the project continues, and we intend to continually update our donors, supporters, volunteers and all other stakeholders.

 

BECOME A BIG BARN BENEFACTOR

Put your name on something that matters.

 

The Big Barn Benefactor (BBB) program is an exclusive program for large donors contributing to The Big Barn.

Becoming a BBB includes naming opportunities (optional) along with other exclusive benefits.

 

Contact ALIVE Rescue's Development Director, Jackie Groberski, for more information.

 

BECOME A GIVING TUESDAY AMBASSADOR

Another fantastic way to help contribute to the Big Barn buildout is to become a Giving Tuesday Ambassador. 

Giving Tuesday is a crucial time for ALIVE to raise funds for this project. Learn more here