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New Idaho Humane Society shelter almost ready

Posted: 3:09 PM, Sep 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-22 19:57:36-04

BOISE, Idaho — The new Idaho Humane Society animal shelter is almost ready to open.

The $15 million Boise facility on Overland, just east of Maple Grove, is awaiting final approval.

"Right now we're testing equipment and going through final code checks to make sure we're ready to go," Idaho Humane Society communications manager Kristine Schellhaas said.

The new center will act as an adoption center and veterinary care facility. A need which is in high demand, especially to help low income pet owners who might not otherwise get the the care that their pets need.

"The vet clinic essentially doubling the capacity to assist injured animals and help take care of spay and neuter services," Schellhaas said.

The new "catios" will allow the cat population to get fresh air and stretch their legs outside and the dog kennels will be state-of-the-art.

"The new dog kennels have noise control housing, natural light and more play areas," Shellhaas said.

The new building aims to offer a comfortable and attractive location to adopt out more dogs and cats than ever before.

There's just $1 million left to raise but organizers say they're confident in the community. "We're just in awe of all the donations that rolled in," Shellhaas said.