Animal Shelter Needs Your Help for New Facility


AN ANIMAL SHELTER IN JANESVILLE IS IN DESPERATE NEED OF A NEW FACILITY. ((ERIC)) WE TOLD YOU ABOUT THE PROJECT WHEN FUNDRAISING STARTED BACK IN MARCH. REPORTER BRETT BROOKS WAS THERE TODAY TO GET AN UPDATE. BRETT… STAFF MEMBERS SAY… THE HEAT HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED FOR A NEW FACILITY. ((BRETT)) YES AND WITH THIS EXPECTED HEAT WAVE COMING UP… IT’S GOING TO BE TOUGH KEEP THE ANIMALS COOL. ((BRETT)) AFTER THE H-V-A-C SYSTEM WENT DOWN AT THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN WISCONSIN… BETWEEN CRAMPED WORKING CONDITIONS AND INCREASE IN STRAY ANIMALS THEY ARE URGENTLY SEEKING YOUR HELP TO BREAK GROUND ON A NEW BUILDING. OFFICES IN CLOSETS … PILES OF DONATED DOG FOOD WITH NO WHERE TO PUT IT … VETERINARIANS WORKING OUT OF THIS TRUCK TO PERFORM SPAY AND NEUTERING SERVICES… AND THIS LARGE FAN SERVING AS THE SHELTER’S MAIN AIR CONDITIONING FOR THE DOGS. MIKE MCMANUS/EX. DIR. HUMANE SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN WISCONSIN “It’s taken a beating. We have a HVAC unit up on our roof that literally no parts are made for it anymore. It’s held together really with tapes and clips and bandaids. And it’s one of those difficult things that in the winter to provide heat or here in the summer to get some cool to the animals.” THIS IS THE REALITY FOR THE EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS AT THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN WISCONSIN. THE CRAMPED FACILITY IS HALFWAY TO ITS $4 MILLION GOAL TO MOVE INTO A NEW BUILDING. MIKE MCMANUS/EX. DIR. HUMANE SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN WISCONSIN “Our new building will actually cost less to maintain than our current one even though it will be larger.” JAMES HURLEY HAS WORKED AT THE SHELTER 23 YEARS. JAMES HURLEY/ASSIT. DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS “The room they end up in is from 1976 and we’re doing probably 3 or 4 times the amount of work they did in 1976 in the same spot.” JAMES SAYS THE HARDEST PART OF THE JOB IS SEEING THE ANIMALS IN STRESS WHEN THEY ARRIVE JAMES HURLEY/ASSIT. DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS “You have to go through 4 doors to get to our intake area.” JAMES HURLEY/ASSIT. DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS “That stresses out a dog or a cat. Going through a door, door shutting, door open. It gets them apprehensive and then it’s harder to work with.” HE SAYS THIS NEW BUILDING WILL BE A CHANCE TO START OVER. JAMES HURLEY/ASSIT. DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS “Every consultant that came in to look at our building to see if we can do something different said bulldoze it. There wasn’t a ‘hey we can do this’ or ‘we can tweak this.’ It was literally bulldoze it and start over.” ((BRETT)) THEY PLAN TO BREAK GROUND BY THIS FALL ON THEIR NEW LOCATION… BUT ARE STILL 1-POINT-7 MILLION DOLLARS AWAY BEFORE THEY CAN. IF YOU WANT TO HELP OUT THE SHELTER … WE LET YOU KNOW HOW ON OUR WEBSITE MY STATELINE DOT COM ((MIMI))

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