Rescue - Our Favorite Breed

December, 2018

Dear Friends,

Some say that generosity and concern for others is a rarity. I can testify that our community has many individuals that care deeply about the fate of abandoned and abused dogs and cats in Erie County.

A capital campaign was started in 2017 to expand and renovate the Humane Society of Erie County’s shelter in order to increase the quality of life for the animals in our care. We have received donations of $395,000 thus far, and we are only $50,000 shy of the amount needed to complete the project!

We need your help! Would you make a gift to this local campaign? I can assure you that your contribution will help make a better life for animals in need. All of the dogs and cats are housed at the shelter until we find “forever” homes for them.

We have obtained a grant from the Randolph J. and Estelle M. Dorn Foundation that matches your donation dollar for dollar up to $50,000.

If you would like further information, please do not hesitate to call the shelter at 419-625-6220 or call me directly via 419-357-1035. You can make a donation via PayPal DONATE link below, or, you can send a check to HSEC Capital Campaign, 1911 Superior Street, Sandusky, OH 44870. Donations may also be made via wire transfer to our account at UBS by contacting Stephanie M. Fratoe, 419-609-2441 or reaching her at

I hope you will become one of our heroes!

Kind regards,

Julie Brooks, Volunteer Chairperson, Rescue-Our Favorite Breed Capital Campaign


Our mission is to provide a safe, temporary shelter for dogs and cats, until placing them into their new, loving, “forever” homes.  The renovation and expansion of our current facility will allow us to do so more effectively, while improving our animals’ comfort and quality of life.

This project will:

  • Increase building space from 4,078 to 7,913 square feet (94% increase)

  • Increase storage capacity by 50%

  • Increase cat housing from 70 to 120 units (71% increase)

  • Increase dog housing from 14 to 19 units (36% increase)

  • Add two “meet and greet” dog adoption areas

  • Increase isolation/intake rooms from 2 to 5 (150% increase)

  • Add a dog washing station and laundry facility

  • Renovate the public education/meeting room and kitchenette

  • Renovate two staff offices

  • Add two restrooms

  • Add radiant heat to flooring within dog kennels

  • Add three indoor/outdoor kennels for larger breed dogs

  • Update current lighting with efficient LED lighting throughout the building

  • Update HVAC systems throughout the building

Phase 1

  • Separate entrance for pet surrender with intake room

  • One isolation room for cat observation

  • Three isolation rooms for evaluation of health and temperature of dogs

  • Two “meet and greet” rooms for adoption activities

  • Dog was station for small and larger breeds

  • Storage area incorporated from existing garage into the addition

  • Laundry area

  • Two restrooms

  • Kitchenette/break room

(2,452 S.F. addition)
$324,600 construction

Phase 2

  • Renovation of meeting/conference room and storage room

  • Staff work area

  • Update/expand six cat adoption rooms

  • Update of exam room

  • Update of current HVAC system

  • New room for current building

  • Installation of radiant heating of kennel floors

  • Two staff offices with storage area

  • General reception/lobby area

(432 S.F. addition/renovation)
$161,990 construction


Phase 3

  • Eight new dog kennels

  • Three outdoor runs

  • Renovation of twelve dog kennels

  • Furnishings and equipment

  • Replace lighting in current building with LED

(951 S.F. addition)
$199,026 construction