Humane Society wants to add three rooms to animal shelter

April 30, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

When a dog needs to be dewormed or a kitten has to be euthanized, Dan Turcea, manager of the Boyle County Animal Shelter, heads to the kitchen.

Long-abandoned as a place for staff to eat lunch in peace or heat up leftovers, the kitchen is the only place to treat animals. The building, owned by the humane society, is more than 25 years old and has seen much change beyond a coat of paint.

The society wants to add three rooms - a place for sick cats, a cattery (housing for cats) and a board room that would double as a place for adoptive parents to socialize with animals. The cost is $120,000. The society has saved for years and has $60,000 to contribute. It has asked the county and the city to contribute $30,000 a piece.

Wilder suggests county budget $20,000

Boyle County Judge-Executive Tony Wilder has suggested that magistrates budget $20,000, a generous amount in a year when it has been suggested that most organizational funding be cut in half. There is no word yet about what city commissioners might allocate.


Whatever isn't given by the local governments will have to be raised by the society. The organization will also have to raise money for furniture, equipment and steel cat cages.

The group just spent $9,000 replacing all the dog kennels. Outside, puppies and dogs bark and whine for human attention. Getting to know an animal there can be chaotic, said Mike Hamm, chair of the humane society board.

A new board room would provide a quiet space for people to get to know the animals. It would also alleviate crowding during board meetings. When the board meets now, not all the members can fit into the room.

Shelter takes in around 2,500 strays a year

The shelter takes in 2,500-2,600 strays a year; about 45 percent of those are cats. The humane society wants to build a cattery with a separate ventilation system for the felines, so that the smell of litter boxes doesn't waft through the entire building. There would also be an isolation room for sick cats; the animals are susceptible to respiratory infections that spread quickly.

The current cattery would then be used as a treatment and euthanasia room.

Don Hill, a local architect, drew the plans up for free, and J.T. Goggans has provided technical information regarding construction.

Donations that came in memory of a long-time volunteer, Gentry Martin, have helped towards the humane society's savings. They plan to name the board room for him.

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