It used to be $7 million but Beth dropped the $8 million number while speaking at a January event. There was a thread about the event but I don't remember seeing the vid posted here. Video mentioned at http://moldredstern.blogspot.com/2015/03/spring-2015-biancas-furry-friends-still.html She spoke for about 2 minutes (starting around 7:30) and the clip has the usual hand gestures and she even calls Gunky her "Prince Charming". At 9:16, Beth says that they need $8 million, they're more 3/4 funded and they will break ground for Bianca's Furry Friends next spring. It could be that the genius just got the amount wrong, as the original $7 million cost was already ridiculous. She also said it would get started "next spring" in the middle of last year, but now it looks like they may be talking about the spring of 2016 - another fundraiser this summer will benefit Bianca's Furry Friends http://www.animalleague.org/events-news/events/lewyt-luncheon/lewyt-humane-awards-2015.html If only Beth and Howard had the money to pay off the last few million so her dream could come true.