Separate entrance for Humane Society's new Lost & Found Center
It houses the Admissions and Lost & Found Center, which includes separate waiting areas for cats and dogs. Previously, with all animals together in a smaller area, the situation could be “very chaotic,” explained Jan McHugh-Smith, the HSPPR CEO, and that “can be traumatic when someone has lost a pet.”
The addition also provides more dog/cat kennel space with larger cages (including holding areas that isolate sick or injured animals, or even those in court cases),
In all, about 70 percent of the average of 400 animals in the building at a time are strays, McHugh said. Some come in as a result of animal-cruelty investigations, she added.
The new building increases the HSPPR's maximum holding capacity to 500 animals at a time, added HSPPR spokesperson Gretchen Pressley.
The Lost & Found Center's entrance is along the west side of the building, which means less traffic through the main entrance at the south end, according to HSPPR information. A parking area is around the new building, and it's available
The expansion/renovation is being funded through an ongoing $8.4 million (previously $8.3 million) fundraising drive. Opened earlier this year was a new adoption lobby and cat adoption center with “cat condos” that can house up to 40 felines.
Other plans moving forward are for a dog park and a barn/corrals to handle farm- type animals that might come in. These facilities will be developed on space north of the new building (including three acres previously used by a nursery business).
“The new 1-acre dog park will feature a renovated pond, walking paths and an off-leash area,” a press release states, adding that HSPPR has “more than 150 dog- walking volunteers” who help ensure that all dogs get walked at least once a day. Donations are being taken at hsppr.org/dogpark.
A nonprofit, HSPPR contracts for animal services with Colorado Springs and El Paso County.
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