Humane Society raises money for new shelter – The Morgan Messenger

by Trish Rudder

The Humane Society of Morgan County, the county’s only no-kill animal shelter, is to build a new facility on its property and has until March 2024 to do so.

This is because he sold 0.27 acres of his property, a small portion of his property on US 522 South to Caperton Furniture Works, his next door neighbor.

According to the group, Caperton Furniture Works paid $25,000 for the land that will be used to build a new parking lot for the company’s expanding operations.

The company has also donated an additional $100,000 to the shelter to help pay for the new facility that will be built on the existing property, board chair Jennifer Hughes said last week.

“It was a lot for us and a generous donation, but now we need to raise another $200,000 – and fast,” Hughes said in the press release.

To achieve this goal, the Humane Society launched a fundraising campaign called “Raise The Woof”.

“Donations of $125 or more provide the opportunity to design a commemorative brick that will become a permanent part of the new facility. So far, nearly 200 people have designed bricks in honor of beloved cats, dogs, people – “and a turtle,” shelter manager Susan Cucinotta said in a statement. .

The shelter’s existing buildings are also in need of repairs – with a cracked foundation in the kennel which was built in 1978 and the cattery which was donated in 1979, “has sagging floors and ongoing plumbing problems”, the official said. ‘organization.

Shelter members and volunteers know the challenge of raising funds and building the new facility in just 22 months, but they are excited about a new facility that “will increase the efficiency of the operation by putting the kennel, cattery , office and clinic under one roof.

It will include a new HVAC system and two new visitor areas for potential adopters.

“This new facility, and in particular the visitation areas, will make it easier for homeless dogs and cats in Morgan County to find their forever homes – and ultimately, that’s what we’re looking for,” said said Cucinotta.

A relatively new addition and an important part of his “shelter management,” Hughes said last week, is that the shelter also has a food bank available for those struggling to buy food for their pets. company.

For more information, visit, or email Jennifer Hughes at [email protected] or attend the next board meeting May 22 at 4 p.m. at Cacapon Resort State Park in the pavilion near the nature center.

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