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Abilene Animal Shelter celebrates new wing

By Dora Miller, dmiller@ktxs.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 09:17:53 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 11 2014 07:28:46 AM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

The Abilene Animal Shelter celebrated plans to double its kennel space with a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday afternoon.

The shelter currently has 28 large kennels. The new plan calls for an expansion to 56, which means the shelter will be able to house more dogs for a longer time period in a more comfortable place.

"That's gonna add up to five, maybe seven days, maybe even up to two weeks to animal's lives throughout the year," said Aaron Vannoy, animal services manager.

The estimated $325,000 project will include more indoor/outdoor kennels, a wash bay and a meeting room where potential pet parents can get acquainted with the animals.

Although the city is paying for the expansion, that doesn't cover all the expenses.

Paul Washburn, president of Rescue the Animals, SPCA, said that's where his group came in.

"When they put the bids out they had enough to do part of the outdoor kennels, but they didn't have enough to do the other half of them and they told us it was $33,000 and we said fine, we'll raise the money," Washburn said.

They are looking for community donations, so if you would like to give money, click on the link to the Rescue the Animals website.