GRRAND’s New Facility is Under Renovation
Soon after Ellen Leslie graciously donated the former Vine Crest Kennels to GRRAND, the board and numerous GRRAND volunteers began determining how to economically transform the facility into GRRAND’s future home. For many years, GRRAND has spent a substantial sum renting kennel spaces from the Kentucky Humane Society for our rescued dogs as they transition to foster or adoptive homes. With the donation of the former Vine Crest Kennels, GRRAND is creating a permanent space to house incoming GRRAND dogs and serve as GRRAND’s headquarters.
GRRAND volunteers spent several weeks clearing the property of trees and debris that needed to be removed, cleaning up the larger kennel building, and formulating a scope of work for the project. “We quickly realized that the kennel would require a top-to-bottom makeover to provide our GRRAND dogs with a comfortable and safe space while awaiting their new family,” said board member Sharon Gretsinger. With the help of GRRAND volunteer and Kennel Coordinator Robert Carr, a plan for renovation was finalized.
The new floor plan for the building includes five zones: (1) a small office area with a new ADA-compliant bathroom; (2) an indoor kennel with 16 indoor/outdoor runs; (3) a work space with a bathtub, grooming table, and washer and dryer; (4) a large, fully fenced exterior play yard; and (5) a separate and smaller fenced exterior covered space for behavior evaluations and meetings with potential adopters.
Renovations are underway, and it is anticipated that GRRAND will be able to begin receiving dogs at the facility later this summer. There is ongoing work to be done, and we are incredibly grateful to Robert Carr for coordinating the construction project and containing costs.
Down the road, we’re hoping to build an additional space on the 3-acre property large enough to accommodate educational seminars and obedience training classes for our adoptive families and their GRRAND dogs. Input for Phase II will be needed from Kennel Committee members to brainstorm the needs for the space and the design for the new building. GRRAND is incredibly grateful to all volunteers that have donated their time to help GRRAND with kennel renovations, referrals, design ideas, donations, and guidance in this new and exciting chapter for GRRAND.
Four Paws Up to the following for their help with the GRRAND Kennel Renovations: Jim Robertson with Bond Electric; John Bramer with Todd Bramer Construction; and Greg Hammond with Hammond Landscaping!
Building Our Future Together
It’s getting close to the end of the year and we are grateful for our many supporters and donors during 2016. You are the key to our continued success and growth as an organization. It is with great joy that we introduce an incredible gift from one of you who is a new advocate of GRRAND’s mission.
For many years, our GRRAND volunteers have dreamed of a facility to house our incoming rescued dogs until they transition to a foster or adoptive home. That dream has come true thanks to generosity of Ellen Leslie, owner of Vine Crest Kennels.
In the summer of 2016, then-President Elizabeth Dieruf sent a letter to Ellen about the possibility of GRRAND purchasing Vine Crest Kennels in the future. Within a few months Elizabeth met with her and toured the facility, which consisted of 50 kennel runs located on a lovely 3-acre lot in the heart of Lyndon. After learning more about GRRAND, Ellen said she was considering retirement soon and would like to donate the property and structure to our organization. She clearly wants her legacy of caring for dogs to carry on through GRRAND’s mission. This is an incredible donation that far exceeds anything GRRAND volunteers could ever imagine! We are forever grateful to Ellen for her gracious gift.
GRRAND is now the proud owner of a facility that when refurbished to meet our requirements, will provide essential components of our plan and mission for the future. We’ve identified several goals for the facility project. In a phased effort, we hope to:
- Reduce the cost of renting kennel spaces for incoming rescues
- Provide a calming transition for incoming rescued dogs
- Provide an opportunity to host educational seminars
- Offer training classes for our adoptive families and their rescued dogs
- Provide a site for local vets to donate vet care to our rescues
- Generate income for GRRAND by offering doggie day care and a boarding facility for the public
We need your help. This gift was sudden and there is so much to do! We are looking for folks with specific skills to help us. If you have experience in the following skill sets (or any others that may be beneficial to this effort) and are interested in volunteering, please fill out the form below. We are looking for folks who have working experience in the following:
- Architectural Design and Planning
- Zoning and Permits
- Building, Refurbishing and Construction
- Capital Campaigns
- Site Requirements
- Project Management
- Other Related Experience
We are also seeking donations to provide a boost for our upcoming needs. Right now, we need a shed to house a riding lawn mower and other equipment to maintain the 3-acre property. There will be more needs in the future and we will keep you posted on the “Our Facility” page. If you are able to donate one of these items we ask that you fill out the form below.
In the meantime, we want to hear from you! Please send us your contact information if you can contribute your expertise to our building project. Thanks to all of you for your continued support of all things GRRAND!
If you were unable to attend the GRRAND Affair, celebrating 20 years of rescue, you missed a sensational evening! At the start of the live auction an announcement was made that stunned the audience. People were on their feet, some were in tears, others were shouting, the room was in chaos, the celebrity goldens were on high alert (and barking)! Read on to find out what you missed or relive what you saw!
To experience the full impact of this announcement, first have a look at GRRAND’s history spanning 20 years of re-homing rescued Golden Retrievers! To know where you are going you need to know from where you came. The present is a bridge from past to future and with this special gift we are crossing that bridge with great anticipation for tomorrow!
GRRAND’s Historic Road to the Future!