PIERCETON — A groundbreaking ceremony for the Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County’s new facility was held today, Oct. 19.
The new shelter, located at 1048 S. CR 325E, Pierceton, is slated to be open summer 2019. The goal is to have the basic framework for the facility installed by late December of this year.
In early 2014, the AWL began its fundraising campaign for the new building. The current facility, located at 3489 E. CR 100S, Pierceton, is too small for the number of animals it shelters.
“We are very excited for construction to begin,” said AWL Board President Woody Zimmerman. “The new building will be a great asset to the community and will meet the needs of the staff and animals being housed there until they find their forever homes.”
Key features of the new location include independent quarantine for dogs and cats, separate HVAC systems to avoid cross-contamination, an inside dog run, and a free-roaming cat observation room.
“After many years of hard work, it is so satisfying to see this new facility that will benefit the people and the pets of our community come to fruition,” said Darla McCammon. “I am overjoyed that we have a builder, donors, supporters and an architect that have pulled together to bring this about.”
A full architectural design release for the new facility is pending.