Changes for Jacksonville Humane Society


POLICE BEFORE BECAUSE OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. BIG CHANGES AT THE JACKSONVILLE HUMANE SOCIETY, THE OLD THRIFT STORE YOU KNOW BY NOW IT IS NO LONGER STANDING. DEMOLITION IS THE FIRST STEP FOR GETTING READY OF NEW ANIMAL SHELTER. WHERE THE NEW HUMANE SOCIETY BUILDING IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. THIS HAS BEEN A VERY LONG JOURNEY FOR J NOW THIS HAS BEEN A CAMPAIGN THEY’VE BEEN WORKING ON FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND SO FAR RAISED ABOUT $8 MILLION, LAST WEEK THEY STARTED THE DEMOLITION AND YOU CAN SEE BEHIND ME THEY’RE MOVING ALONG VERY QUICKLY. CONSTRUCTION IS UNDER WAY AT THE JACKSONVILLE HUMANE SOCIETY, THE FIRST PART OF THE PROJECTING IS KNOCKING DOWN THE OLD THRIFT STORE AT THE CORNER OF FOSTER STREET AND BEACH BOULEVARD. THE CAMPAIGN BEGAN IN 2013 WITH THE PURPOSE OF GENERATING FUNDS TO CONSTRUCT A NEW HUMANE CARE AND EDUCATION CENTER ON THE CAMPUS OTHER THAN BEACH BOULEVARD. YOU’LL REMEMBER BACK IN 2007 WHEN A FIRE DESTROYED THE SHELTER ILTDZ BEINGS ON THE JHS PROPERTY, THE ORGANIZATION IS STILL OPERATING OUT OF THE TEMPORARY STRUCTURES BUILT AFTER THE FIRE, MANY OF WHICH ARE IN DISREPAIR. THE NEW SHELTER WILL PROVIDE CLIMATE CONTROLLED HOUSING FOR THE ANIMALS AND INCLUDE A FIRST-RATE PET ADOPTION AND EDUCATION CENTER FOR THE COMMUNITY. RIGHT NOW IN OUR OLD ANTIQUATED FACILITIES THEY’RE LITERALLY ISN’T ANYPLACE FOR SOMEBODY TO VISIT AND SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH THE ANIMAL THEY’RE CONTEMPLATING ADOPTING IN THE NEW FACILITY, THERE WILL BE ROOM SPECIFICALLY FOR THAT PURPOSE. THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SAYS THE NEW FACILITY WILL ALSO BE MORE UP TO DATE THAN THE PREVIOUS ONE. BACK IN THE DAY, SHELTERS WERE BUILT TO TEMPORARILY HOUSE ANIMALS FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS AND THEN FOR THE MOST PART THEY WERE EUTHANIZED I THEY WEREN’T BUILT FOR LONG-TERM SHELTERING OR COMFORT OF ANIMAL, COMFORT OF STAR OR COMMUNITY TO COME VISIT AND ADOPT. THE FLOOR PLANS FOR THE 40,000-SQUARE-FOOT FACILITY ARE STILL IN THE WORKS. JHS PLANS TO BREAK GROUND IN APRIL OF 2016. IT IS CALLED THE CAMPAIGN FOR COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITY AND THEIR GOAL IS $15 MILLION, THEY ARE STILL ASKING FOR EVERYONE’S HELP. IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A DONATION, GO TO OUR WEB SITE, NEWS4JAX.COM, THERE WE HAVE POSTED A LINKING TO OUR WEB SITE.

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