A quest takes time and energy. The quest to open the doors on a new state of the art Middleburg Humane Foundation (MFH) shelter took the energy of an entire community. 

The MHF board and the community celebrated the grand opening of their new facility at 5000 Cunningham Farm Drive in Marshall to the public on Sunday, Oct. 27. They cut the ribbon and opened the doors to a new chapter. The ribbon cutting was hosted by the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce.

(Above: Pictured left to right are Middleburg Humane Foundation Board Members Lisa and Zohar Ben Dov who donated the land for the shelter, Fauquier Chamber of Commerce Membership Director Sylvia McDevitt and Fauquier Chamber of Commerce member Jean O’Brien. Photo courtesy of MHF.)

“The grand opening of our new shelter has been years in the making and we are happy that we are finally here,” said MHF Board Chairman Josh Muss. “This wonderful facility will give us many new opportunities to help animals in need and we are excited about what the future holds for Middleburg Humane Foundation.  The board is grateful  to everyone who made this possible especially to Hilleary Bogley, our founder, to our major donors, to the Ben Dovs for their support and to board member Candy Fazakerley for her tireless efforts overseeing the construction.” 

MHF, founded in 1987, receives no federal, state, or county funding, but relies entirely on the generosity of private donors and corporate sponsors and proceeds raised through its grooming salon and resale boutique on Main Street in Marshall. 

(Above: MHF Chairman of the Board Josh Muss with Teller at the grand opening of the new MHF shelter in Marshall. Photo by Joanne Maisano)

“This beautiful new facility has been made possible by the generous support of our board and the community,” said MHF Executive Director Rose Rogers. “It will enable us to expand our current services as well as develop new programs to better serve and educate the community overall. I look forward to an exciting future for Middleburg Humane Foundation and the animals we will be able to serve.” ML

This article first appeared in the November 2019 issue of Middleburg Life.