Humane Society Breaks Ground On New Shelter

Humane Society Breaks Ground On New Shelter Click to Enlarge Photo: Jake Judd (KNSI)

(KNSI) - The Tri-County Humane Society broke ground on Thursday on a new $3.5 million shelter to help care for lost and abandoned animals in the St. Cloud area.

Executive Director Vicki Davis says they don't have enough space in the current building to serve the animals the best.

"We're going to be able to spread our wings a little bit because we're very crowded with what we have. The surgery building we have right now isn't in this shelter, so we have to go through the parking lot in all kinds of weather with animals in shopping carts. It's just not conducive for pets that have just had surgery."

The new building will have the surgery center inside.

She says the new building will give them twice as much space. The new shelter will help them take care of animals in the 21st century.

"They will be able to be housed not all quite so tightly together. They just are doing things so much differently and better for housing animals now when they build shelters, and we're going to be able to do that for them."

The new building is going up behind the current facility at 735 8th Street Northeast in St. Cloud. Construction should be finished in June or July of 2020.

The old building, built-in 1989, will then be demolished and turned into a dog walking and exercise area.

The organization is still about a million dollars short of its goal and is asking for help from the public. To donate or learn more, click here.

The Tri-County Humane Society started in 1974 and today cares for more than 3,000 animals a year.

If you're interested in adopting a pet or volunteering, click here.

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