Humane Society moves on new shelter

Published 1:38 pm Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Humane Society will unveil plans for its new shelter for cats and dogs like Katy at this weekend’s pasta dinner fundraiser. -- Herald file photo

Wayward puppies and kitties, rejoice.

The Mower County Humane Society will unveil design plans for a new animal shelter at its annual Pasta Dinner fundraiser Sunday.

“We’re ready to move forward on it,” said Kelly Rush, MCHS volunteer. “We plan on building when we have the money.”

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MCHS volunteers kicked off a fundraising campaign last month to raise $200,000 toward the new shelter. The humane society already has $400,000 and a potential site on which to build.

Rush said volunteers already have a construction company in mind and hope to make the shelter a metal building with yards on the outside for dogs, a screened activity room for cats and sidewalk surrounding the premises.

MCHS is also working with the Austin Police Department to potentially share land with a new city shelter, though the facilities will be separate.

Volunteers hope for a large turnout at this Sunday’s annual Pasta Dinner fundraiser at the Holiday Inn Grand Ballroom. Dinner will consist of pasta, salad, breadsticks and a dessert, served with punch, coffee or water. The event, which takes place from 4 to 7 p.m., will also have a live auction and silent auction. Bidding will end on some items as early as 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for children 8 and under. All profits will go towards offsetting shelter costs, which MCHS volunteers need to keep up with puppies and kitties pining for a home.