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Project Phases & Timeline

Our Companions Sanctuary Capital Campaign
Project Phases and Timeline

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PhaseDetailsGoalFundraising StatusProject Status
1Demolish defunct factory farm$300,000Completed Fall 2008Completed Winter 2009
2First rescue cottage, welcome center, garage, site work, & vehicle purchase$1,000,000Completed Spring 2011Completed Fall 2012
32 more rescue cottages, Remembrance Wall & Reflection Gardens$630,000Completed Spring 2013Completed Fall 2013
43 more cottages (1 feline, 2 canine)$1,200,000Completed Winter 2016Completed Winter 2017
510 more cottages and social building$5,000,000TBDTBD

Demolition

When Our Companions received the Ashford Sanctuary property in 2002, it was home to an abandoned, dilapidated factory farm. The site contained the three biggest buildings in Ashford which, when combined, measured 98,000 square feet (nearly the size of two football fields!).

In 2007-2008, Our Companions raised $300,000 for the “Demolition Phase” of our capital campaign.  The purpose of this initial capital fundraising phase was to remove the factory farm structures - which were not only an eyesore for the local community but a hazard to nearby residents and the environment alike - and embark upon the extraordinary task of restoring the land.

This included the removal of:

  • 70 tons of contaminated soil, asbestos, batteries, refrigerators
  • A 275 gallon oil tank
  • A 400 gallon oil tank
  • An abandoned car
  • A 2,000 gallon underground storage tank
  • A chicken incinerator
  • Oil barrels
  • Copious amounts of tar