THE BIG BARN

The Big Barn will be ALIVE Rescue’s second brick-and-mortar location and we hope to complete construction in 2020.

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. With their help, we will be ready to break ground in the fall/winter 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.

 

PROJECT TEAM

Kristen Gerali

ALIVE Rescue, Founder

Jackie Groberski, CFA

ALIVE Rescue, Development Director

The Big Barn Project Manager

KEY PROJECT PARTNERS

 
 

THE BIG BARN BUDGET

This budget was last updated 12/29/19. The budget is subject to change as the project continues, and we intend to continually update our donors, supporters, volunteers and all other stakeholders.

 

SPONSOR THE BIG BARN

There are a few ways to help sponsor The Big Barn, all of which are greatly appreciated:

  • Sponsor a specific element of The Big Barn's construction (ex. donate enough to cover the costs of one of the maternity rooms and earn naming rights). Contact Jackie Groberski for more details

  • Make a recurring monthly donation to The Big Barn project by clicking here

  • Make a one-time donation to The Big Barn project by clicking here

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