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Humane Society of Southeast Texas unveils plans for new facility
BEAUMONT-By Jennifer Gordy
The Humane Society of Southeast Texas is planning to build a new state-of-the-art facility. It's received approval from the Beaumont City Council. A generous land owner and anonymous donor are behind the Humane Society acquiring a 100 acre piece of land in northwest Beaumont. The site will eventually house a brand new facility.
Humane Society board Treasurer, Cindy Meyers, says, "We'll have a dog park and dog trail and we hope to expand to have an education center for the children."
Meyers says the preliminary architectural plans have been drawn up and the finished project will include individual dog kennels where the dogs will have direct access to the outdoors and a cat colony where cats will live in a home-like setting.
Meyers says, "We are going to have a state-of-the-art facility with state-of-the-art plumbing and state-of-the-art air conditioning that we don't have today."
They now have the property, the plans and the permitting. It's now time to raise the funds to pay for it.
Meyers says, "We hope to raise four to five million dollars to build the shelter and the veterinary clinic because we also have a veterinary clinic with our organization." And Meyers feels the new location on Major Drive near Tram Road is an added benefit. Meyers says, "It's a better location. It's very hard to find the Humane Society today and that building is close to 50 years old."
With a long history and now a bright future Meyers says, "First of all we'll have a better shelter to take care of the animals than we do today. We hope we'll have a place where the community will say, 'We have a little time today, let's go down to the Humane Society."
The Humane Society hopes to break ground on its new multi-million dollar state-of-the-art complex in three years.