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Updates Announced to Proposed New Animal Shelter

The St. Joseph Animal Shelter is hoping to move forward with plans for a new facility.They hope to build a new shelter in Mitchell Woods off of Riverside road but still need more funding to buy the land.The new shelter was one of several t

Posted: Oct. 12, 2017 5:10 PM
Updated: Oct. 19, 2017 10:42 AM

ST. JOSEPH, Mo.

The St. Joseph Animal Shelter is hoping to move forward with plans for a new facility.

They hope to relocate to a new building in Mitchell Woods Corporate Park off of Riverside Road, but still need more funding to make the move a reality.

The new shelter was one of several topics at a city council work session on Thursday. They are seeking a $1 million dollars in CIP funds for the renovation project that will cost a total of $2.5 million.

Staff say that is half the cost of building an entirely new facility from scratch.

Additionally, shelter staff say it's time for a new place to call home.

"We are now at the point where we're leasing a building in Mitchell Woods and hopefully we will have the funds raised to buy the building in January," Kathy Ermler, Friends of The Animal Shelter said.

The Mitchell Woods building is 18,000 square feet which is more than double the space of the current shelter at 701 SW Lower Lake Rd, St Joseph, MO 64504.

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