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Skowhegan animal shelter has gone to the canine — and cats — so push begins for brand new constructing

Mikayla Sproul, shelter supervisor on the Somerset Humane Society, leads a Friday tour of the ability at 123 Center Highway in Skowhegan. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

SKOWHEGAN — An growing older constructing, cramped situations and extreme limitations on the variety of animals it will possibly settle for have prompted the Somerset Humane Society to launch an effort to construct a brand new shelter inside the subsequent two years.

The Somerset County Commissioners not too long ago jumpstarted the trouble by allocating $250,000 towards a brand new constructing. County Administrator Daybreak DiBlasi stated the shelter at 123 Center Highway in Skowhegan can not accommodate the demand for animal providers or shelter.

Bonnie Brooks, the humane society’s operations supervisor, stated she is grateful for the help, though it got here as a shock.

“I believe we utilized for some funding final 12 months — $10,000 — to only typically help with medical prices, which (the commissioners) did grant us,” Brooks stated. “However we did not truly apply for this. They’re simply gifting it to us, which is great.”

The Somerset Humane Society at 123 Center Highway in Skowhegan. The constructing is growing older, too small and not ample for the society’s operations. An effort is underground to boost cash for a brand new, bigger shelter. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

The shelter was inbuilt 1983 and serves 32 cities throughout Somerset County.

“Lots of people do not know we’re right here, after which, once they hear what number of cities we truly serve, they’re form of blown away as a result of we’re so small,” Brooks stated. “However we do our greatest.”

She stated the shelter is “full to the max.” It solely has 9 canine kennels, which Brooks stated fill shortly with strays introduced in by animal management officers.

Meaning the ability will not be an “open admission” shelter, and infrequently individuals who name in to give up their pets are turned away.

“We want to have the ability to assist individuals extra in that capability,” Brooks stated.

She stated she has been getting an rising variety of calls from people who find themselves discovering it tough to get housing that permits pets, main them to surrender their animals.

“It’s totally annoying to have to show down these individuals,” Brooks stated. “We won’t even assist them out by a minimum of giving their pet a protected place to be, and the potential of rehoming.”

Mikayla Sproul, shelter supervisor on the Somerset Humane Society, seems to be down a row of canine kennels Friday on the facility at 123 Center Highway in Skowhegan. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

One other draw of a brand new constructing can be to lastly have an in-house veterinary clinic.

“Individuals are having a tough time moving into common vet clinics proper now,” Brooks stated.

A touring veterinarian for a number of years has are available to the shelter every so often to assist spay and neuter animals, Brooks stated, however as a result of the Somerset Humane Society doesn’t have “an precise medical setup,” the veterinarian can solely deal with cats, not canine.

And when the veterinarian involves the shelter, the ability should shut for the day as a result of she has no different choice than to conduct her work within the entrance workplace space.

Though the Somerset Humane Society receives grant funding to assist offset the price of the restricted remedies it affords, Brooks stated she hopes it’s going to finally supply fundamental veterinary take care of low-income pet house owners and medical providers, similar to vaccinations and flea remedies.

Brooks stated the animal shelter in Skowhegan had its land surveyed final 12 months for a brand new constructing and, ideally, the brand new shelter can be constructed behind the present one.

She stated she didn’t have an estimate on the price of such a challenge. The society first wants to rent an architect to design plans for a brand new facility.

Brooks stated she is “feeling actually inspired” after listening to of the cash the county has allotted for the challenge.

The funding is a stable basis, Brooks stated, from which the society can start campaigning and fundraising to boost the remainder of the cash that can be wanted.


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