Bianca’s Furry Friends Campaign
BFF Continues to Take Shape
UPDATE: March 13, 2019
Progress has been steady on Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center (BFF), one of the most ambitious construction projects in our 75-year history. And we’ve managed to conduct our lifesaving work with minimal disruption.
Most recently, workers installed windows and glass panels, ductwork, exterior drywall, staircases, plumbing, and security cameras. A state-of-the-art, 120 ton HVAC roof-top system was put into place that will provide clean, fresh, hypoallergenic air throughout the facility for the animals. Crews are continuing to work on framing for the interior curved glass walls along the main corridor. Also, the staff is beginning to make decisions on flooring and décor elements like shelving and color schemes.
Of course, there is still much work ahead, but as the building takes shape its transformative potential is truly inspiring. For our cat team, BFF will be a game changer. “The cat team absolutely cannot wait,” said Dorit Shevach-Shani, Feline Enrichment Manager. “The new cage-free environment will offer our cats a more natural setting where they can settle in a calm atmosphere. It’s going to allow them to blossom and will lead to happier, more social cats and quicker adoptions.”
The cat team is not alone in its anticipation. In fact, everyone on campus — from kennel staff to veterinary technicians to volunteers — is excited about the progress and eager to put the building’s state-of-the-art features to work. They’re sure the felines, especially the older ones, will greatly benefit from its cage-free environment. So on their behalf, we thank you for your generous, ongoing support.
For three-quarters of a century, we’ve continued to innovate because friends and donors like you have never stopped believing in our no-kill mission. When we open the doors to BFF this summer, we’ll celebrate our long history and our unwavering commitment to the future.
Continue to check back for more updates on the progress of this exciting new addition to our Long Island campus.
You can help make Bianca’s Furry Friends a reality, and help further our no-kill mission for years to come.
Fast Facts on Bianca’s Furry Friends:
- 14,000-square-foot facility
- Cage-free feline surroundings
- Exam Rooms, Feline Behavior Department, Grooming Facilities
- Kitten Adoption Facility
- 24-hour-care Nursery
- Respiratory Ward, Surgical Suite & Recovery Room
Bianca’s Furry Friends will help us:
- Save more lives
- Increase our capacity to provide more adoptable animals to the public
- Enhance our ability to further our no-kill promise
- Continue to be the premiere Rescue & Adoption Organization in the world
Please join Beth and Howard Stern and be a lifesaver to animals in need.