TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A new home with a better future, that’s the plan for the animals at the Terre Haute Humane Society.
Construction at the new shelter is in the final stages, and the change couldn’t come at a better time.
“We’ve been saying all along that we have to get out of that building before another winter, and that building is proving that even truer and truer by the day,” said Shelter Manager, Fred Strohm.
Over the years the humane society has housed thousands of animals and, it shows. “We’ve got poor HVAC. We’ve got drainage issues. The building is just fighting us to get out of it,” said Storhm.
Besides being built right next to the existing shelter, the new building won’t share many similarities. “The capacity is roughly the same, but it’s much more efficient,” said Strohm.
The facility offers more space and the building will also feature new indoor and outdoor kennels for the dogs.
As well there will be more efficient air quality. All improvements that will make living conditions better for the animals.
“We also have a lot of sound deadening in areas where the cats are going to be to limit the noise therefore to limit the stress on the cats themselves,” explained Storhm.
He believes the $1.5 million facility will offer something that is priceless. “I think we will be able to turn animals around more quickly, lessen their chance of illness, and make them get into their forever homes that much quicker,” said Strohm.
Workers had high hopes that the building would be complete by thanksgiving, but there we’re a couple of setbacks. They hope to make the move in the next couple of weeks.
The new shelter should be operational by the beginning of next year.