MADRAS, OR -- The Three Rivers Humane Society, in Jefferson County, broke ground Tuesday on a new facility. Executive Director Stephen Drynan says the 5,300 square foot building will be nearly five-times the size of the existing animal shelter. He tells KBND News, "It’ll hold 41 indoor kennels, a brand new adoption office, an office for employees, break room, it’ll have a new laundry facility, as well as an intake room and lastly it’ll have a get-to-know-you room indoors."
Currently, there are only ten indoor kennels and most dogs are housed in foster homes or in outdoor kennels (right), even in the winter. The new facility is a big improvement, "It means that they’re not going to be out in the elements 24/7, when it’s cold. Even though we had heated dog beds and heated water bowls, it’s still cold out. So, they won’t have to be out in there unless they’re going out to go potty or going out to a play yard for a little bit."
So far, the no-kill shelter has raised about $350,000, which is enough to get the project started. "The biggest thing we’re looking at is getting that shell up with the heating and the cooling up and the kennels in. Hopefully that will take place within three months or so. And then, we’ll keep working on the interior offices as we go." Drynan says they still need about $50,000 to complete the work early next year, "But, the important part to us is getting the animals out of the weather."
to learn more about the Three Rivers Humane Society "Raise the Roof Campaign."