The Payson Humane Society has received an offer from an anonymous donor, challenging others to donate to its upcoming building project.
"We are thrilled," said humane society officer Barbara Brenke.
The anonymous donor will match donations received from the public, up to $10,000.
The requirements are that 100 people in the community donate at least $100 each to reach $10,000.
"Building Fund" must be specified in the memo line of checks to the Payson Humane Society, or be accompanied by a donation coupon from the Humane Society newsletter or other document designating the donation for the building fund.
The money will be used for a new facility to be built on two acres owned by the humane society, behind where the animal shelter is now located at 812 S. McLane Road.
The humane society has presented the matching-fund offer to several organizations, including the Citizens Awareness Committee.
"Members of CAC couldn't get their wallets and checkbooks out fast enough, Brenke said. "They gave us a good start and I was very encouraged because I think it is a good barometer of the support we are trying to get from the community."
The building is still in the planning stages. Soon, here will be a bid for an architect. Currently, there are no firm cost estimates or build times for the project.
Yet, because funds donated now will be not be used for many months, they will have the advantage of being invested and earning interest until they are needed.
In its new facility, the animal shelter expects to comfortably house about 170 animals. Today, the shelter has room for 75 animals.
The shelter's March adoption special was extended two weeks and was a great success, thanks to the people who stepped up and adopted animals.
"Right now, we are doing pretty well as far as space. However, as soon as I say that, the shelter fills up again," Brenke said. "I guess nature abhors a vacuum."