The Brandywine Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced June 9 it was the successful bidder in the public auction of a vacant 11,500-square-foot facility set on 13 acres off of Shingle Point Road in Georgetown.

The BVSPCA intends to renovate the facility, formerly known as Safe Haven, to provide additional services for the region’s most vulnerable dogs and cats, such as cruelty survivors, disaster victims, newborns and infants, animals at risk in other shelters and those requiring time and training to increase their adoptability.

“Today was a big step forward in saving the lives of animals on the fringe of adoption,” said BVSPCA CEO Adam Lamb. “But it’s just the first step. We’re under contact and need the community’s continued support to raise the additional funds needed to close in 45 days and complete the fitout.”

The BVSPCA secured the property with a winning bid of $880,000 — $800,000 base, 10 percent auctioneer fee. The BVSPCA estimates the property will require $500,000 in fit-out work. The fit-out estimate includes $250,000 in repairs and renovations to the building and property, which have been vacant since 2013, and $250,000 in equipment and furniture. In addition, the BVSPCA needs $200,000 to close the gap between fundraising to date and the purchase price, totaling $700,000 in needed funding to open the facility.

Donations in support of the BVSPCA Rescue & Rehab Center can be made at bvspca.org/rescue-rehab; or by mail to Brandywine Valley SPCA, 22918 Dupont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947.

For more, visit bvspca.org.