Construction is underway on Shelby County’s new animal shelter, but officials are still working to raise the rest of the funding for the project.
So far, the project is being entirely funded through private donations, according to officials with the Shelby County Animal Rescue Foundation (SCARF). But they need to raise roughly $600,000 for the project to be fully funded.
In addition to building the new shelter, officials are also running a campaign to clear the current shelter, waiving some fees in hopes of finding all of its cats and dogs forever homes by the end of the year.
“The new shelter’s coming along great,” said Kelli Ward, a dog warden. “We’re super excited for it.”
The current shelter is aging and does not provide enough space for the animals, Ward explained.
“We’ll make makeshift cages out of wire, cages just to house them until we can get them moved out to rescues or find them homes,” she explained.
According to SCARF, the new shelter is set to be more than twice the size of the current shelter and take in 30 percent more animals.
Construction on the new shelter started about two months ago, according to Julie Ehemann, Shelby County commissioner.
“The animals are going to be so much more comfortable while they’re here, and it’s going to be a much better facility,” Ehemann said.
The project costs just over $3 million, and about $2.4 million has been raised so far through private donations, Ehemann said.
The county may have to cover some remaining costs, she added, but SCARF is still working to raise the rest from donors.
“When you look at the size of the kennels, they’re just not big enough,” Ehemann said. “But we will have a much better experience for the animals and the public when we’re in the new shelter.”
Officials hope to have the new shelter open around Labor Day, Ehemann said.
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