Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013
Metropolis No-Kill Shelter Needs Funds to Expand
METROPOLIS -- The only no-kill animal shelter in Massac County is asking for help. Board members say they are running out of space for the animals and they're asking for donations to pay for an expansion.
If you take one step inside Project Hope Humane Society, and one sniff, you'll quickly understand why board members want to upgrade their facilities. Board President Lauren Reams says the no-kill shelter currently holds 115 cats and 80 dogs. But the small, old building lacks modern necessities like a proper ventilation system, and it's making the animals sick.
"We have so many animals right now that it's loud and we're kind of cramped together. So we want to be able to open that up and have a better space for all of them," Reams explains.
The idea of this no-kill shelter started small in 1997, literally, with a tiny shed. But in 2001, thanks to community support, they were able to buy a former restaurant. Now 12 years later, they're ready to expand once more.
Managers want to start the three-phase expansion project by adding a new cat room. Then, they'll add a connection to the outdoor dog kennel, and, finally, create a reception area.
Tish Lewis has been volunteering at the shelter for three years and says Project Hope runs entirely on community donations. Now, she hopes more people will see the importance of taking care of these animals.
"I think they're wonderful. I think they're good for your health. I think they love you more than anybody in the world, and we need them and they need us," she says.
Reams estimates the cat room alone will cost about $75,000. Monthly operating costs and vet bills already set them back about $7,000-$9,000. If you'd like to help, just click on the link in the Related Content box.
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