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Humane society to break ground on new shelter this summer

April 8th, 2014 - 5:36am

(Port Angeles)-- For over half a century, the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society has been headquartered in a dark and dreary place on the west side of Port Angeles; not a cheery place for animals or humans.

That's about to change, as the humane society moves closer to a a new and larger animal shelter on Old Olympic Highway.

“We're looking to raise a little over a million dollars so we can build a dog-kennel facility and put in all the infrastructure at the property that we bought a couple of years ago,” said OPHS executive director Mary Beth Wegener at Monday's Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Wegener says until last month, the fundraising campaign had been quietly asking local residents and businesses for donations. Now they've rolled out the more public “Dig Deep” campaign to the general public.

“We've raised about 600-thousand dollars so far and need to raise the rest of the money,” said Wegener. “We're going to move ahead with the project later this summer and will continue to fund raise while we build. We're confident the community will support us.”

And Wegener said the shelter can use all the volunteers they can get. People are needed to walk the dogs and cats, and in general, interface with them.

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