Meridian animal shelter starting over after losing building and funding

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Meridian animal shelter starting over after losing building and funding

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by Andrea Lutz

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Posted on November 4, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 4 at 12:14 PM

MERIDIAN-- It’s been a rocky end of the year for the Meridian Valley Humane Society, because in October they lost their building and their funding.

However, Nancy Harvey with the Board of Directors for MVHS said as November starts, things are looking up.

The shelter opened a decade ago and when the water treatment plant in Meridian expanded, they took over the shelter’s existing building on Ten Mile Road.

Harvey said it was also at that time that the City decided to pull the funding from the shelter and pay the Idaho Humane Society to board the animals.

Now they are starting over from scratch.

Harvey said with the help from volunteers they are looking to hold a grand opening on their newest facility on Linder Road later in November.

Harvey says that while the new place is not ideal, it is a start.

“Well really it’s not a better facility ... our other facility was bigger better we had more walking space but the good thing about this one is we have it and we have dogs in it and we are ready to adopt,” she said.

Due to the funding situation, this new facility is now a canine rescue and at this point, they can only accept relinquished dogs and not strays.

They already have a handful of dogs that need to go to good homes.

Harvey said they hope the public will pitch in and help with funding as get some more volunteers and work to build back up what they lost.

If you are interested in donating or volunteering call 794-0944 or go to the shelter's website.

The grand opening will be held at their new shelter at 191 N. Linder Road on November 17th from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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