By: Christine Lena

The Kalamazoo Humane Society’s multi-million dollar plans on a new animal shelter in the Portage/Kalamazoo area are moving forward well, with the new facility for the organization being very needed.

Executive Director of KHS Aaron Winters says the new shelter is the largest animal-related project this side of the state. Winters says there are good things in the works for the capital campaign as the people involved are looking for a location at this time.

“We need more than a postage-stamp size of land,” says Winters.

The current shelter, located at 4239 S. Westnedge Ave. in Kalamazoo, is limited by space constraints. According to the KHS website, spray/neutering surgeries are performed in a mobile clinic and must locate to a rented space for larger surgeries. Other problems with the current facility include limited food and supplies storage capacity and access by volunteers and visitors to the building.

The area being looked at for the new facility is south of I-94 in Portage. KHS stepped away from one building already for a few reasons including the lack of green space needed outside for the animals. Winters says many people, including those with the Kalamazoo County Shelter, are involved in the process of touring and deciding on the new facility. KHS has been collaborating with the Kalamazoo County Shelter since 1979 and are partners of KHS’s new shelter project.

KHS’s major aim is to help with the prevention of cruelty to animals. It seeks to decrease the animal overpopulation problem in the Kalamazoo area and help educate pet owners about proper pet care and safety.

“We aim to help pets and families stay together.”

Winters says that KHS has helped more than 1,000 pet owners and more than 2,000 animals in Kalamazoo. This year KHS has provided 60,000 pounds of food for families who can’t afford to feed their pets. Whether it’s been neutering or maintaining a variety of health care and pet-related services, KHS has helped many animals in the community for over 75 years.

Winters says the project is exciting as plans continue to move forward. According to MLive, the

new shelter will be completed and opened in 2015.

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