- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Humane Society of North Iowa is making more room for more cats at its Mason City animal shelter.

The foundation and footings have been poured for an estimated 1,200-square-foot expansion that would allow for five cat rooms and a food preparation area, the Mason City Globe Gazette (https://bit.ly/1JkigHI ) reported.

The $220,000 project will provide enough room to increase the number of cat kennels from 28 to 40, and will be paid for with money from the estate of Ruth Dupuis.

The main goal of the expansion is the comfort and socialization of the animals.

More space means fewer cats can be kept in each of the five new rooms. The two rooms that used to house cat kennels will be able to be opened up as play and socialization areas.

“It’ll be more convenient for us,” said Sybil Soukup, executive director of the Humane Society of North Iowa. “I think it’ll be a more enriching environment for our animals.”

Plans call for exterior work to be done in the next few months, while interior work will be done over the winter. Soukup said officials hope to have the expansion finished in January.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/


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