Riverton Animal Adoption Center Plans to Expand
Victoria Fregoso reports, vfregoso@K2tv.com
The animal adoption center in Riverton is currently and constantly at full capacity, only taking in animals once another is adopted out. The shelter has plans to expand in order to keep up with the growing demand.
Twenty five dog kennels and 40 cat kennels just isn't enough space for stray pets and owner surrenders here in Fremont County. Enter the Dog House Fund, created by Paws for Life Animal League. "The Dog House Fund was born out a necessity of over population constantly at the current Riverton animal adoption center," said Rayne Faubion, Paws for Life Board Member and Director of the Dog House Fund. The Dog House Fund has a price tag of $900,000 and that would include a 4,500 square foot state of the art addition to their current facility. "We're at capacity all of the time and you know, it's no fun if you have to do a owner surrender and you're told "I'm sorry, we don't have any space," said Faubion. It won't only give them more kennel space, but it will have a medical facility on site where everything from vaccinations to spaying and neutering can take place. "If the vet can come right here to the shelter and do it, that saves us time and money and makes it a lot easier to spay and neuter all of our animals," said Mandy Apodaca, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Riverton animal adoption center. And there will also be holding areas for incoming animals to prevent the spreading of diseases that are commonly seen in shelters. "One of our main concerns is having a new shelter where we can quarantine those animals off and make sure they're healthy before we put them with all of the other animals and adopt them out," Apodaca said. There are also plans for a dog run and meet and greet area right outside of their current facility. The plan is broken into five phases that will take place over the next 3 to 4 years. A majority of support will come from fundraisers, donations and grants. "In kind services is something we're looking for a lot with this project," Faubion said. "We're going to need contractors, we're going to need materials, we're going to need professional services like engineering." The Dog House Fund will also create a dog park along the river walk and a coin operated dog wash for the public. You can visit the Paws For Life Animal League by clicking here.