BENEFITING: SEER FARMS INC
The Need: Why get a new kennel?
The short answer: Seer Farms has grown and we need the space to continue to serve families in crisis. The longer explanation: In the intervening months (now years) since Superstorm Sandy swept through New Jersey, the Seer Farms’ census has expanded to and now remains at 150% what it was prior to Sandy. The press that we garnered from our Sandy engagement has led to an unprecedented penetration into the client populations we target and partnership with other social service agencies in turn has led to a high ongoing demand for our services. Even with expanded facilities, on any given day we get many more requests for our Out of Crisis program than we can meet. Sufficient stable, manageable, usable space for the dogs, cats, and other domestic pets in our Out of Crisis Program is essential. We have, and will continue, to utilize our original Jackson location however that location CANNOT possibly support the high volume of animals – particularly dogs – for whom temporary care is routinely sought out by families desperate for a solution.
The Location: Why Carneys Point?
- There is an incredible, compassionate, pet-loving community in Salem County that we were eager to become part of.
- The old kennel laying dormant for 5 years presented a perfect “fixer-upper” that could be modified to meet our needs for family visitation space, dog and cat rooms, and enough traditional kennel qualities that the animals could enjoy their time even during those periods when they are not attended to directly by staff.
- A strong farming and animal-centric local population offered an abundance of enthusiastic qualified staff who could help get the Seer Farms’ site off the ground The Progress:
Our work to date
- The purchase, and initial renovation work was made possible by a generous donation from a long time Seer Farms’ supporter.
- We have utilized close to 1500 hours of volunteer labor. We have entirely replaced the electrical system, the HVAC units, the well, the plumbing, and much of the animal fencing.
- We have restored 2600 square feet of flooring and replaced the damaged roof We have reconfigured 1600 square foot space into a multi-use cat room
- Carneys Point has been in operation for 332 days. In that time we have housed 128 dogs & 43 cats.
- We have reunited 49 dogs and 10 cats with their families.
- We are averaging one family reunion every 5.6 days from our Carneys Point residents.
- We are averaging 3 family visitations a week
The FINAL STEPS:
- The new septic system is about 75% complete. We need to finish its installation.
- We need to rebuild dog play areas over the land that the new septic system now occupies.
- We need to replace the final 3200 square feet of flooring in the main kennels with something more dog friendly.
- We need to complete work on the multi-use cat room so that we can begin housing cats there for families in our Out of Crisis Program.
- We need to do a final round of electrical upgrades. We need to complete our final punchlist so that we can replace the temporary CO with a permanent one. WE NEED YOUR HELP –
Be a hero Please help us finish our Carneys Point location. For donations of at least $50 we will place your name on our “Carneys Point Seer Farms heroes” wall.