- Associated Press - Saturday, December 15, 2018

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - The Aberdeen Area Humane Society hopes to raise at least $1 million for a new shelter and outdoor facility.

The current shelter was built in the 1980s, and manager Elaine Schaible told the American News the standards of care for animals have changed.

“This one has seen some better days,” Schaible said. “You walk through six to seven doorways to get anywhere in the building.”

Annie Stenvig, president of the humane society’s board of directors, said the shelter’s current building limits the nonprofit on how it cares for animals.

“One of the big challenges we have out at the shelter is when we intake new animals we don’t have a really good place to keep them,” Stenvig said.

The board hasn’t decided on a design plan for the new facility, but Stenvig estimated that construction costs alone will be at least $1 million.

“We would like to have maybe a community space where kids could come and read to the animals, have a better meet-and-greet area,” Stenvig said. “Being able to provide a better outdoor space is also one of the goals. And it would give us a little bit more capacity.”

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, http://www.aberdeennews.com

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