With no facility in which to keep dogs, Bond County Humane Society is expanding its building in Greenville.
Construction of the addition to the society's storage building, located on South Elm Street, has begun. Rachel Hundsdorfer, [acting] president of the organization, said it is hoped the new facility can be used in about a month.
The humane society is in a tough situation at this time with nowhere to keep dogs. The group received word at the end of July that the building it had been leasing for several years was being sold.
The society had to vacate that location, finding foster homes for the dogs it was holding. Hundsdorfer reported that at this time the society cannot accept dogs because it has nowhere to place them.
With no facility available for dogs, the humane society's membership decided to construct the addition to the storage building, which was completed earlier this year. "This is a reponse to an immediate need," Hundsdorfer commented.
She reported that donations of materials and labor have been received for the project. Financial donations are also being accepted.
The addition will be strictly for dogs. There will be seven inside/outside covered dog runs plus an isolation room, a bathing area and a bathroom.
The number of dogs the facility will be able to house depends on the size of the dogs, Hundsdorfer commented. She said that the addition will consist of the bare minimum for such a facility, but it will be larger than what was previously being used.
The humane society [acting] president said the storage building and dog facility do not replace the plans for the eventual construction of an animal shelter on the same property.
Anyone wishing to assist the society can call 664-4068.
The Greenville Advocate September 8, 2011 page 1, continued on page 2