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The Humane Society broke ground on a new animal shelter earlier today (Thursday) after three years of planning.
The new home for the animals is projected to be finished by May 2009.
KSMU's Erika Brame has more.
In response to the community's needs the Humane Society is constructing a state of the art facility.
Bonnie Miller, Executive Director of the Southwest Humane Society, says this new shelter will provide better care for the animals and customers.
"It will contain an adoption center. A large spay and neuter clinic, which will also provide care for sick animals or animals under treatment. We will have administrative offices as well as a large lobby area to events for donors, volunteers, and members."
She says the facility will create more space for the animals.
"It will make it nicer for the volunteers as they work with the animals. We will have more exercise pins for the large dogs, as well as a court yard area for the adopters to actually take the animals out."
Miller says the new shelter's expansive space will help care for puppies brought in from so-called puppy mills from surrounding areas.
A puppy mill is the term given to households which, in an attempt to breed dogs find themselves overrun by puppies.
She also says the new facility will improve the Humane Society's ability to reach its greatest goals for the community.
"But the big thing we are hoping is that as we have the facility. And the animals remain more adoptable and hopefully more animals get adopted, we'll be in a better position to take more animals in from people in the community that need our help."
The new shelter will replace six of the older seven buildings.
The older buildings will be demolished for parking space once the new facility is complete.
Seventy Five percent of the project's funding came from private donations from the community.
For KSMU News I'm Erika Brame.