Humane Society Groundbreaking
April 26, 2013
After six years of planning, construction has begun on a new animal shelter in Geneseo. Today the Henry County Humane Society-Geneseo will hold a ground breaking ceremony. Society president, Karen Russell, says the new shelter will have 4,000 square feet which is more than three times the space of the current facility. Plus, another 12-hundred for storage and a garage.
The additional space will be especially helpful for the cats that are now housed in one large room, with no cages.
"We are going to have five separate rooms in the new shelter because experience shows cats are less stressed if they are in smaller groups. Right now he have 60 cats in one room."
The current shelter in Geneseo has 4 dogs runs, while the new building will have 15.
Russell says John and Carla Edwards of Geneseo donated up to 250,000 dollars for a metal pole building, foundations, and concrete floors. And bids will soon be awarded for the interior work.
"At this point we don't really know what it'll cost to complete. But the mind-set is if we get the building shell up and the concrete in, people are going to want to see it completed, and the donations will be free flowing. That's what we hope."
The new Humane Society shelter in Geneseo will be located on Roos Hill Road, adjacent to the current shelter, and purchased from the city. The groundbreaking is set for 3 pm.
(there is a separate group called Henry County Humane Society-Kewanee)