$40M Worth Of Changes Coming To Colorado Animal Shelter


TO THE PROGRAM. IN DENVER, KAREN MORFITT, COVERING COLORADO FIRST. ONE OF THE MOST VITAL ANIMAL SHELTERS IN OUR STATE IS EXPANDING TO MEET THE NEED. THAT IS ONE OF THE TRANSITIONS. IT HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY DONORS COMING TOGETHER FOR COLORADO HOMELESS ANIMALS. JEFF TODD IS LIVE AT THE SHELTER TONIGHT WITH WHAT IS CHANGING. Reporter: CONSTRUCTION GOT STARTED JUST THIS MONTH ON A HUGE EXPANSION. THERE HAVE BEEN 1 MILLION DOGS ADOPTED HERE AT THE DUMB FRIENDS LEAGUE BUT THEY WANT TO BE READY FOR THE NEXT MILLION. IT IS EASY. I LIKE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE. Reporter: NINA BLANCHARD IS LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE, MAKING A RETURN TRIP FOR A DOG AT THE DUMB FRIENDS LEAGUE. THE NEXT TIME SHE COMES BACK, THE FACILITY MAY LOOK A LOT DIFFERENT. THE EXCITEMENT ABOUT HAVING THE CAPACITY AND BUILDING A COLLABORATION, THAT IS PREVENTATIVE. Reporter: THE NEW CEO IS OVERSEEING A MASSIVE EXPANSION TO THE FACILITY. WHEN WE ORIGINALLY BUILT THE SPACE, WE WERE NOT DOING A LOT OF DENTAL WORK OR FRACTURE REPAIRS. NOW WE ARE. Reporter: ANOTHER WING OF THE FACILITY WILL BE DEVOTED TO BEHAVIOR. VOLUNTEERS WILL SPEND WEEKS WITH SOME DOGS TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE READY FOR ADOPTION. ANIMALS THAT ARE REALLY FEARFUL, SOMETIMES THEY LASH OUT. IF THEY CAN LEARN TO TRUST AGAIN, THEY CAN BE PLACED. Reporter: THE TOTAL PRICE TAG FOR THIS IS $40 MILLION. THE DUMB FRIENDS LEAGUE IS STILL TRYING TO RAISE ANOTHER $10 MILLION.

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