9/18/2012 2:41:00 PM Funds go to Fido, Fifi and the felines
Pet Rescue members (left to right) LeAnne Yancey, Jamie Krueger, Kyya Grant, Mikki Kison, Ernie Summers, Myra Walters and Ken Simmons celebrate the site of their new facility near the rodeo arena. Photo by Briana Alzola.
The ground is being prepped as Adams County Pet Rescue launches its main fundraising effort for building a new facility. The group will begin raising money in earnest at the Adams County Fair this week, close to their new site, which sits just north of the rodeo arena. The ultimate goal of the fundraising is to bring in $750,000, which will cover construction of the new site and the operation of the facility. The group has already raised $136,000, with another $15,000 pledged. "Our new facility is designed for the utmost care and comfort of our animals," fundraising chair Ernie Summer said. The facility will help to provide odor and noise control and offer the opportunity to quarantine sick animals to stop the spread of disease. This facility will be a huge asset to the community, Summers said. "This type of facility will be a joy for the animals to live in and the volunteers to work in," he said. Previously, ACPR had a facility on Curtis Drive, but it burned down in 2009. Since then, the group has kept their dogs both in foster homes and at the city pound, located just east of town off Cunningham Road. The city has generously provided a temporary home at the pound, but it is time for ACPR to have their own, permanent location ACPR president Mikki Kison said. The site preparations began once the group had raised $50,000, which helped with site evaluations, required testing and bringing in electricity and sewer, along with other improvements, Summers said. Once $300,000 is raised, they can break ground and begin construction. The new location will allow them to house more dogs, provide a place to house cats (which they cannot do now) and, hopefully, find more pets their forever homes. Growth is important, Kison said. Jamie Krueger, who fosters several dogs, agreed. "We're bursting at the seams," she said. The new facility will include 26 indoor runs, 24 kennels, 12 cat condos and 10 outdoor exercise runs. "We could fill this facility right now," Summer said. There are about 60 dogs in the ACPR system right now. Ideally, the new facility would provide more adoption opportunities and the group would only have 30 or so pets in their facility. Everyone who participates in ACPR does so without pay, Summers said, and do so simply out of their love for animals. For more information, or to donate, visit the ACPR members at the fair or call Summers at 989-1206.