- Associated Press - Saturday, January 24, 2015

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - A new home is nearing completion for animals at the NatchezAdams County Humane Society.

The exterior shell of the humane society’s new building is 90 percent complete. The Natchez Democrat (https://bit.ly/1GOpTuy ) reports that humane society officials said completion of the exterior could be finished as early as next week. Completion of rooms and placement of kennels will follow.

Humane society board vice president Sue Stedman said the organization hopes to move into the new facility in May.

Board president Kathy Fitch says the society hopes to increase its adoption rate with the new, spacious and clean building.

Construction of the $1.4 million building began in December 2014.



The shelter will be built to house 31 dogs, 21 puppies or small breeds and 51 cats. The shelter will also have rooms for puppies under 10 weeks old, an isolation room for sick animals and a display room where cats can play, climb and socialize with one another.

Although the humane society will be moving into the new location this spring, they still need to raise nearly $400,000 to cover the costs of the new building.

One fund raising plan: The humane society plans to let people “purchase” the new kennels and cat cages, said Stedman.

Those who purchase a kennel will have their name on a plaque above it, noting that the kennel was given in their honor. People can also purchase kennels in memory of loved ones, Stedman said.

The humane society is still pricing kennels, but once finalized those will be published on its website.

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Online:

www.natchezpetadoptions.org.

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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