THE BIG BARN

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The Big Barn is our shelter and sanctuary opening in 2021. Our budget is over $1,000,000 and we need your help.

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ACRES

4,800

SQUARE FEET

30

DOGS @ ONCE

1

HR. FROM CHICAGO

 

WHY DO DOGS NEED THE BIG BARN?

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Some dogs tend to deteriorate in a “traditional” shelter setting due to lack of stimulation, lack of exercise, and fear due to excess noise and unique smells. They need a retreat-like place where they can feel safe and decompress.

Some dogs need a little extra care 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.

Some dogs can’t find a foster home right away, but they need to get out of the shelter as quickly as possible. Having a transitional space until they find a foster home is essential.

Some dogs need long-term rehabilitation and will join the ALIVE Rescue family permanently (the “sanctuary” element of The Big Barn).

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.

We decided that the project needed a general contractor (GC) to manage 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 whelping rooms for pregnant and nursing dogs, a retirement room for any dogs needing long-term housing, two specially-designed suites for dogs experiencing behavior issues, 16 regular dog suites, a grooming room, and large indoor play areas to use during inclement weather. Additionally, because ALIVE Rescue will have a full-time staff member on-site, they will be able to provide 24-hour care to dogs with medical needs. The Rescue House will be located steps away from The Big Barn and will offer individual sleeping rooms where dogs can rest with a volunteer/staff member monitoring them throughout the night.

 
 

CAMPAIGN PHASES

PHASE I

Groundbreaking

PHASE II

Structure

PHASE III

Raise

PHASE IV

Closeout

11.05.20 

12.01.20 

12.27.20 

04.01.21

04.30.21

WE ARE HERE!

$15,000 goal

$100,000 goal

$563,000 goal

$50,000 goal

 

THE BIG BARN BUDGET

This budget was last updated 12/10/20. The budget is subject to change as the project continues, and we intend to continually update our donors, supporters, volunteers and all other stakeholders.

 

NAMING RIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

There are two main categories of naming rights and opportunities at The Big Barn.

1. The Lucky for Life Wall and Path - opportunities between $100 and $500

2. Become a Big Barn Benefactor - opportunities above $3,000

THE LUCKY FOR LIFE WALL AND PATH

$100 - $300

The Lucky for Life Wall includes customized pet name tags that will be hung in the entryway of The Big Barn (the Atrium). For more information on your pet tag options, click here.

$500

The Lucky for Life Path includes customized engraved bricks that will line walkways outside of The Big Barn. To learn more or purchase, click here.

BECOME A BIG BARN BENEFACTOR

The Big Barn Benefactor (BBB) program is an exclusive program for large donors contributing to The Big Barn. See the naming opportunities by donation amount below.

Becoming a BBB includes naming opportunities (optional) along with other exclusive benefits.​ We truly could not make this dream a reality without these generous donors.

 

Contact ALIVE Rescue's Founder, Kristen Gerali, for more information.

$100,000

The Atrium (1)

Big Barn Indoor Play Area (1)

$50,000

Rescue House Naming (1)

$20,000

Laundry Room (1)

Kennel Hall 1 (1)

Kennel Hall 2 (1)

Kennel Hall 3 (1)

$6,000

Retirement Room (1/1)

$4,500

Large Indoor Suites - Behavior Dogs (2/2)

Big Barn Bathroom (1)

$3,000

Small Indoor Dog Suites (4/14)

Rescue House Guest Bedroom (1/2)

$2,000

Large Outdoor Runs (2/2)

$25,000

Big Barn Kitchen (1)

$10,000

Grooming Room (1/1)

Rescue House Welcome Room (1/1)

$5,000

Whelping Room (2/2)

Rescue House Entry (1/1)

Rescue House Volunteer Community Room (1/1)

Rescue House Kitchen (1/1)

$4,000

Large Indoor Dog Suites (2/2)

$2,500

Whelping Room Outdoor Run (2/2)

Retirement Room Outdoor Run (1/1)

$1,500

Small Outdoor Runs (7/7)

Animal Care Chalkboard Wall (1/1)

Rescue House Bathroom (1/1)

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