NAGI Foundation is in development with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to build a first-of-its-kind facility – a comprehensive Animal Welfare and Community Engagement Center.
In addition to operating our current programs in the Community, we are now in the design phase of development for the Animal Shelter & Community Engagement Center.
The new facility’s main objective is to provide programs that work synergistically together to support the Community by providing shelter for unhoused animals while thoughtfully engaging youth, adults, and elders. It will provide educational programming, volunteer and vocational training opportunities, offer animal-assisted behavioral health supports as well as traditional modalities for healing, and engage local businesses with partnerships.
We plan to be open to the Community in 2025. What it will look like!
Some of the benefits that will be available through the Animal Welfare & Community Center
- Community-based animal shelter for abandoned animals in the community
- Animal adoptions and foster care
- Pet food pantry
- Full service affordable veterinary clinic
- Animal control services
- Behavior and training classes
- Animal-assisted behavioral health programs
- Equine therapy
- Culturally relevant modalities for healing
- Humane education & outreach programs
- Elder engagement opportunities
- Animal-assisted social/emotional learning programs for youth
- Volunteer opportunities
- Community accessible outdoor spaces and dog park
- Job and vocational training opportunities
“NAGI Foundation has always been committed to providing support and community-based programs that bring services and solutions that will alleviate challenges facing SRPMIC and to give back to First Nations Communities. The impact a facility like this will have on the Community…is tremendous.”
Sheila Iyengar, Founder & Executive Director, NAGI Foundation