One-of-a-Kind Animal Shelter Breaks Ground in Phoenix!

Chasse Building Team was proud to break ground on Heidi’s Village, a 40,000-square-foot, $20 million facility to house the newly formed animal welfare nonprofit. The project is set for completion spring 2020.

Last week, the Virginia B. Jontes Foundation of Phoenix broke ground on Heidi’s Village, a 40,000-square-foot animal shelter and veterinary clinic planned for 600 N. 40th Street in Phoenix on the northwest corners of 40th and Fillmore streets in Phoenix. The $20 million facility, spread over five acres, expects to open in late spring 2020, and will be the first of its kind in Arizona. Attendees included members from Heidi’s Village, members from the Virginia B. Jontes Foundation, the community and their fur babies!

The non-profits mission will be to assist other animal welfare partners in the community by providing temporary boarding and medical assistance to animals. When existing shelters in the Valley are at maximum capacity, Heidi’s Village aims to provide temporary boarding for the rescues until they can be placed in a foster home. Heidi’s Village will eventually offer an infirmary for abandoned kittens, provide dog adoptions, and grooming and veterinary care for rescue groups and the public.

Once complete, Heidi’s Village will feature nine total buildings with thoughtfully developed boarding space for up to 250 dogs and 200 cats, though it is their goal never to house that many animals at once. The boarding area itself will be spacious and allow for outdoor recreation for dogs in limited play groups. Beyond that, Heidi’s Village will have a grooming facility, walking paths, obstacle courses and even a bone-shaped play pool onsite as well as full medical suites to provide surgery to animals. Cats, like the dogs, will have outdoor space of their own as well.

In addition, Heidi’s Village will provide a kitten nursery for orphan kittens who need to be bottle fed. These kittens along with dogs surrendered to Heidi’s village will be available for adoption when they are medically and behaviorally cleared for adoption.

CHASSE originally bought the land in 2017 – it was an old vehicle emissions testing center. The aim was to build a new headquarters on the land, but when we realized the location would provide too much of a commute for some of our team members, CHASSE was determined to find a truly special use for it. Owner, Barry Chasse, sold the land to Virginia B. Jontes and donated all preconstruction estimating fees to help realize the dream of Heidi’s Village. “Our focus is ‘building to make a difference,’ and this project certainly will.”

For more information and videos on the Heidi’s Village Groundbreaking Ceremony, follow the links below!

FOX 10: Upcoming Animal Shelter Goes Above and Beyond

KTAR News: New $22M Phoenix Animal Shelter to Break Ground Wednesday

AZ Big Media: Heidi’s Village Breaks Ground on $20M Animal Shelter and Veterinary Clinic

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