Animal shelter in design phase

SCARF at 86% of $2.4M goal

By Patricia Ann Speelman -

SIDNEY — The Bob Sargeant and Family Shelby County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center has moved into its next phase of development.

The Shelby County commissioners awarded a contract to Freytag and Associates, of Sidney, March 28, to design the facility.

The new animal shelter will be constructed on a site along Gearhart Road. It will be funded by the Shelby County Animal Rescue Foundation (SCARF), which has raised 86 percent of its $2.4 million goal.

The commissioners selected Freytag after reviewing the qualifications of five architectural firms who submitted proposals. SCARF had previously retained Shelter Planners of America to conduct a needs assessment and develop conceptual plans.

“We’ll pick it up from there,” John Freytag, a principle member of the firm, told the Sidney Daily News, Thursday, April 6. “Shelter Planners will continue as a consultant with us.” John Freytag will serve as the project manager. His brother, Dan, will design the building. According to John, no timeline has been established yet.

“SCARF and the community have really stepped up to make a new animal shelter a reality. We look forward to completing the design with Freytag and Associates and moving ground later this year,” said Commissioner Tony Bornhorst.

SCARF has led several successful fundraising events to date. It currently is seeking donations and pledges for the PAWS of Fame. Donors will be honored with names listed on a wall of the shelter, acknowledged on the SCARF website,, and on its Facebook page.

The PAWS of Fame will acknowledge donors based on their giving levels starting at $500 for Shih-Tzu level and ranging up to $10,000 for the Great Dane level. Other giving levels include Cocker Spaniel for $1,000, Border Collie for $2,500, and Golden Retriever for $5,000. Donations can be paid over a three-year period and are tax-deductible. SCARF members hope to reach the $2.4 million goal this year.

In addition, SCARF is continuing a fundraising shoe drive until May 15. It is asking the community to help by donating gently used shoes with no holes and good soles. Through the Stepping into the Future campaign, the Shelby County Animal Rescue Foundation will earn funds based on the number of pairs collected, as Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated shoes. Funds2Orgs helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in third-world countries. Current supporters of the SCARF drive include the Scissors to Sheep 4-H Club and the Sidney City Schools, who have set up collection points at each of the schools. Other collection points include Ron & Nita’s, the Senior Center and Shoe Sensation.
SCARF at 86% of $2.4M goal

By Patricia Ann Speelman

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.