After serving pets at their current location for close to 40 years, the Aberdeen Area Humane Society is getting ready to construct a new facility. Annie Stenvig, a member of the humane society’s board of directors, says the building project will not only give the shelter a greater capacity, but also provide more opportunities for it to be a service in the community. “There’s a lot of good things that will come from a more modern facility, including a better layout. We’ll be able to safely quarantine neglect cases that come in, as well as make it better for the animals while they’re here. We also hope to add a kind of education center that does things like allow kids to come in and read to pets, and to include an improved visitation room.” Currently, they are looking at different building plans for the structure, which will be located just north of the existing shelter southwest of Aberdeen. Annie estimates that it will be about a five-year project from start to finish.
The Aberdeen Area Humane Society provides rescue and shelter for pets throughout northcentral and northeast South Dakota and southeast North Dakota. They run entirely on donations from Brown County and the surrounding communities. // — Jenny Roth
For information on how to help the shelter and give specifically to their building fund, call 605-226-1200 or check out www.anewleashonlife.net.