Building a Rock Solid Foundation for the future of rescue
"When I look into the eyes of an animal I believe they can see my soul...and they know I have dedicated my everything to be there for them."
- jme Thomas, co-founder of Motley Zoo Animal Rescue
a place of refuge and safety.
Artist rendering of a potential Motley Zoo Sanctuary design
Saving Lives By Design
This capital campaign is to establish a permanent location where Motley Zoo can continue our current operations and expand our mission further to providing sanctuary for animals that may otherwise, never find homes....
Animals that have no one else.
We exist to serve the "underdog"- the animals whose situations seem bleak. They have run out of options...and they will die because no one will care for them.
Except Motley Zoo.
While approximately 30% of the animals we care for are special or medically needy, even now there are animals we can't realistically take in- because we have nowhere to put them.
Our vision is to establish a permanent sanctuary where animals with exceptional needs have a home - forever. Through the experience of connecting with and caring for these animals, the lives of both animals and people will be improved.
Motley Zoo must relocate.
Motley Zoo's Mission Center Studio is currently a 7,500 square foot facility in the heart of downtown Redmond. This facility allows us to perform adoptions, helps centralize our operation, provides storage for supplies, and creates a location where we can gather and host events.
Beyond this, our Mission Center Studio also gives us the ability to raise funds for our animals through Rock Star Treatment Services, which include dog daycare, training and boarding, available to the community.
The future of our Mission Center Studio is uncertain.
Redmond is a city that changes by the minute with constant development. Our building is right in the path of the new light rail line to improve public transportation. This major advancement for the community as a whole - unfortunately, puts our mission at risk.
Why a facility?
As a foster-based rescue, we started this mission without a facility. We operated virtually which worked in some ways, but ultimately hindered our capacity to connect with the community.
We believed that a facility was necessary to achieve our vision for this mission. We also knew the facility needed to be a source of revenue, not just a roof over our heads. Although our concept had never been done before, we envisioned a unique system to advance our mission.
We are proud to say that we have achieved our goal in that regard - and those accomplishments would have been have been impossible as a virtual organization. This is why a physical location is so important to the continued success and longevity of Motley Zoo.
Without a facility, we would lose many facets and efficiencies of our unique mission- as well as a critical stream of revenue from Rock Star Treatment Services.
It is critical that Motley Zoo establish a permanent location before we are required to vacate our current building, so that we can continue our critical work without disruption.
Response: Motley Zoo must have a location with unlimited growth potential
Motley Zoo must relocate to property that supports our current mission and allows for future growth- indefinitely. This vision encompasses the fundamentals of supporting the rescue mission and continuing the established services that provide financial support to our cause. Besides that, we need to expand to accommodate special animals permanently - where we can allow them to live out their lives with dignity.
They deserve to live!
While we currently take in numerous animals with special needs/ accommodations, we are still limited by our foster system- and what animals people are willing to care for. Our current rescue animals have a home with us unless or until they get adopted; this does not include knowingly taking on animals whose challenges offer permanent barriers to adoption.
With a sanctuary specifically designed to nurture animals with challenges, we would be able to take in animals that perhaps no individual person would consider on their own - but where our committed crew could cater to them in a communal setting of shared responsibilities.
Case Study: The responsibility falls to the same few
Motley Zoo takes in many animals with challenges and barriers to adoption. Most are temporary or reasonably accommodated with very specialized homes - which are uncommon, but for most animals, still exist.
Some of the animals we care for have been with us for more than two years before finding their homes! Although these animals can stay with us until they adoption, what we have not highlighted is how few homes are willing to take in animals who will stay for extended periods.
Most fosters are drawn to fostering because the duration is temporary- a matter of 4- 6 weeks on average, or perhaps a few months at most.
So where do the animals that remain in care for years, stay during that time?
This responsibility falls to the Board members- people who are already going above and beyond in general - and who often have multiple foster animals staying with them. They are not only carrying the majority of the work and responsibility of the organization itself, as well as the people and all the animals, but are also housing multiple animals with very individualized and critical needs for long periods of time.
Furthermore, this unbalanced responsibility is done within the confines of homes not designed for such efforts and are frankly, not at all conducive to practical or efficient care.
In short, the homes that save the lives of these special animals are also the biggest obstacles the foster families has to overcome to provide their critical care.
Whether size alone, a lack of appropriate yard or fence- or stairs/ multiple levels that create challenges, these families are committed to the animals despite circumstances that intrinsically inhibit their efforts.
In contrast, a home and facility specifically designed to ease the burden of caring for multiple animals with special needs would improve our efficiency and capacity for care. We’d be able to care for more animals with even more critical needs, if we could plan and build an appropriate location that takes into account the requirements of those animals’ needs.
We seek to buy land and establish a caretaker’s quarters and an “auxiliary” facility which will allow us to not only continue our operation as we have, but will expand our capacity to take on animals who literally have no one else...animals that we haven’t been able to support previously.
This property will enhance our services and open doors for animals that cannot survive without caretakers who are committed to their every need, indefinitely - by providing a resource and means to do so.
Be a hero for the animals. Be the good they so desperately need. Let's build a beautiful future for as many deserving animals as we can. We've got this!
Thank you! Let's rock rescue!
Artist rendering of a potential Motley Zoo Sanctuary design