The Wisconsin Humane Society had been hoping to raise about $6 million to build a new animal shelter on the west side of Saukville. Earlier this week, the animal rights group took a huge leap toward achieving that goal when Saukville residents John and Elizabeth Feith donated $1 million to the project.
The generous donation was announced just in time for a ground-breaking ceremony on the 21,000-square-foot facility, which is scheduled for this Saturday, the Ozaukee Press reports.
"It was an amazing phone call to receive, Angela Speed, director of community relations and development for the Wisconsin Human Society, told the news source. "It's not often you get a call and someone tells you they want to donate $1 million to a project."
The shelter will provide an on-site veterinary clinic, a system of trails for dog walking, and a cage-free environment for animals being offered for adoption.
What prompted the Feith's to donate so much money to the cause? "I'm an animal lover. That explains it all," Elizabeth said.
According to the Humane Society, there are between six to eight million cats and dogs entered in shelters each year.