Angels and bricks have a lot in common

CHESTERTOWN – Passers-by on Route 297 are witnessing the final phase of construction of the new Animal Care Shelter for Kent County. The white-washed red brick façade will soon be finished off with Country Lane Red board and batten siding, black metal framed windows and a wood-chipped dog trail encircling the five-acre site. The main building will honor the memory of Michael Lawrence, the first major benefactor to this project.

Construction is scheduled for completion just before Thanksgiving Day with its new furry occupants moving in during the early part of December. When fully operational, the new shelter will offer a safer, healthier and less stressful environment for over 50% more animals than the current facility. Four doggy dorms will offer over-sized kennels and multiple play yards. Cats and kittens will enjoy living in a free-roam space with screened patios and spacious three-room condos with separate areas for living, eating and doing their business. The veterinary suite will provide special housing for animals in need of medical care, isolation or other special needs.

According to Richard Keaveney, ACSKC Executive Director, “We still need several more angels to make our new center a reality. Due to global and national events, the original construction cost of $3,750,000 has increased to $4,650,000. Currently, the organization has an outstanding goal of over $750,000.”

Many permanently enshrined honor and memorial naming opportunities are still available for between $2,500 to $150,000, and can be paid over one to three years. These major gifts can be explored here or by contacting

An important part in the shelter’s fundraising efforts is the recently launched PAVE THE WAY BRICK CAMPAIGN. Already off to a robust start, supporters can purchase laser-engraved bricks in honor or in memory of their loved ones or beloved pets, or to promote their business. Three sizes are available for $250, $500 and $750. These bricks will forever form the landscape-enhanced pathway to the shelter’s 25-foot flagpole. Donors can place their orders directly at

Prakash (Chikki) Shajwani, co-owner of the Molly’s enterprises and Board President of ACSKC recently expressed his enthusiasm for this special project: “We are not simply replacing an inadequate 60-year old building. We are expanding our educational and recreational programs that will enhance the loving care of our animals. And everyone knows that we love our animals in Kent County!”

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