Building a Better Way Home

Building a Better Way Home


When the Quebec Street Shelter was completed in 1974, it was a state-of-the-art facility that set the standard for what an animal shelter could be. Since then, we have undergone multiple additions, remodels and updates in order to better serve the animals in our care.

While these renovations have proven valuable, time has caught up with the Quebec Street Shelter. Key portions of the building—most notably, the dog adoptions area and many of the dog housing areas—have remained largely untouched for 43 years. And while nearly 1 million dogs have been housed in these areas since 1974, the lives of the dogs in our care would be greatly improved by innovations in animal housing, noise mitigation and environmental enrichment. Additionally, numerous other areas of the shelter require expansion, relocation or upgrading in order to achieve today’s best practices in animal sheltering and fulfill our potential to serve the needs of the animals and people in our community.

The bottom line is this: Our existing shelter no longer fulfills the needs of the animals or—most critically—our commitment to provide the best possible care to the animals that depend on us now and in the future.


Over the past decade, and particularly during the past five years, we have seen significant changes in the animal population at our shelters—changes that require more sophisticated responses to their needs, along with greater investments of time and resources in order to successfully rehabilitate animals so they can find new, loving homes.

Why is our population shifting? Because we are caring for—and saving—many animals today that would not have been considered candidates for adoption by the public 10 years ago. Pets that are older, pets with fractured limbs, pets that have serious-but treatable injuries or illnesses, pets that shut down in the shelter—all these would once likely have been euthanized due to lack of resources and adopters.

Today, pets like these are coming to us in growing numbers, and today—together—we are giving them a chance. Our compassionate community has enabled us to successfully rehabilitate and place more of these animals through their generous financial support and by opening their homes and hearts to shelter pets in need.

Saving the animals we receive today requires more specialized veterinary care and individualized behavior training. As these needs grow, we must meet the demand to provide that life-changing care by creating an enlarged and improved facility to accomplish that work.


To attain our goals of providing the best environment, the best care and the best chances for health and happiness to the homeless pets of today and tomorrow, we are embarking on a major addition to and renovation of our Quebec Street Shelter.

This opportunity is being made possible by two long-standing and dedicated friends of the Dumb Friends League who have made an extraordinarily generous commitment to help our vision become a reality. All gifts made to our $40 million Building a Better Way Home campaign are matched up to $20 million by Leslie and John Malone and The Malone Family Foundation. Donate now.