Burlington, IA – President Ann Peters says the organization wants to double the size of its current shelter at 2000 North Roosevelt in Burlington.
Peters says the expansion will provide additional space for sick animals, separated ventilation systems for animals and visitors, and a new reception area. She says the Des Moines County Humane Society is also adding a community room and a separate room for cats and kittens.
"We are just going to really make it a much nicer environment for the animals and for the people who come to look at them," says Peters.
The entire project is expected to cost about $1,400,000.
Peters says about $250,000 must still be raised. She says the city has pledged $700,000 while local donations have totaled about $450,000.
The Des Moines County Humane Society hopes to begin construction in the spring.
The organization shares its facility with the city of Burlington. Peters says the expansion will also provide additional space for police officers transporting stray or lost animals.
The Des Moines County Humane Society hopes to raise awareness for the project through a couple of upcoming events.
Peters says Bark for Life will be held in conjunction with Burlington's version of Relay for Life. She says animals will be up for adoption at Crapo park from 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. on Sunday, August 15.
Peters says an event will also be held at Dankwardt Pool and the Burlington Dog Park on Sunday, August 22. It is the last day the pool is open, so the city lets pet owners bring their animals.
Peters says contributions to the expansion can be made to
The Des Moines County Humane Society
P.O. Box 1412
Burlington, IA 52601.
You can hear more with Des Moines County Humane Society President Ann Peters by clicking the audio link above.