Dogs And Cats Will Reign At Proposed $10M Shelter In Boca Raton


By: Dale King Contributing Writer

Tri-County Animal Rescue in Boca Raton will announce this month a $10 million capital campaign to finance the renovation, expansion and rehabilitation of its care and treatment facilities at 21287 Boca Rio Road.

TCAR will present a pet parade in celebration of the expansion of the 100 percent, no-kill shelter Oct. 3, at 11 a.m. Dogs on leashes and cats will parade around the grounds with humans holding signs on their behalf.

That same day, Tri-County will announce it is launching a building program totaling 64,000-square-feet. The build-out will enable the agency to expand its services and deal with the increased number of stray, abandoned and euthanasia-bound pets the shelter has rescued, medically treated and re-homed with caring families.

The $10 million multi-phase capital campaign and build out will start with a 9,000-square-foot rescue clinic (a $4.9 million segment of the proposal) currently under construction and due to open in January.

Phase two is an 11,435-square-foot adoption and residential facility, a “Hos-Pets” center and mausoleum ($5.1 million capital campaign). This will serve as an adoption and community program hub allowing temporary residents for 200-plus dogs and 200-plus cats. This building will also include “cage-free” areas for age-and size-appropriate dogs.

Once complete, the new state-of-the-art campus will feature a canine adoption center, a feline adoption center, long-term housing, veterinary surgical center and care and isolation areas for rescues and “Hos-Pets” for animals with special needs and extended care.

Much of the new facility will be available to the public, including a mausoleum with serenity garden, increased in-ground burial plots, agility course, in-ground pool and boarding and grooming, as well as public spaces for education and community animal welfare training programs.

“The new campus will allow us to provide our rescued animals with the rehabilitation and care they need,” said Sharon DiPietro, chairman of the board for Tri-County Animal Rescue. “The services Tri-County provides to animals and their owners serve the entire community. The capital campaign will include naming rights and other opportunities to help support and offer a safe haven for animals.”

“Our shelter knows no boundaries and we rescue pets who have been displaced due to natural disasters and other situations. Our mission is to provide these animals with medical treatment, care, attention and a forever home,” said Suzi Goldsmith, co-founder and executive director of Tri-County Animal Rescue.

The animal rescue organization took over operations of the Lullis M. Ritter animal shelter a number of years ago, Goldsmith said, and “have had thousands of adoptions. Some of these animals had been in cages for months, but now they have a chance with a family and a loving home. Our ongoing fundraising helps to meet our animals’ needs with the best possible vet care and nutrition.”

For more information about Tri-County Animal Rescue, visit or call 561-482-8110.