Stray dogs and cats in Pike County are one step closer to having a new home.
The gift of land and a partnership with the City of Troy for the Pike Animal Shelter was reason to pause, for a celebration.
The one acre site at 1000 Henderson Highway was donated by the Walt Stell family in honor of Earnstine and the late Walter Stell.
Officials are excited about the central location.
City Council Member Jason Reeves said, “There are a lot of people that have lived in Troy all their lives that don't realize we have a shelter because it's not very visible. So, this location and the visibility will allow us to reach a lot more people.”
The old shelter only contains 15 kennels and can only accept dogs from the city of Troy. The new shelter will have around 30 to 40 kennels that will house dogs and cats from around Pike County.
Troy Animal Control Officer Ken Andress said, “With the new shelter, someone will be there all the time so there won't be the missed opportunities to have a pet adopted.”
Shelter representatives say this is only the beginning of a much larger plan for Pike County pets.
Schubert, with the Pike Animal Shelter said, “We hope to build a state of the art facility right here on this location. We hope to expand this location, hope to have animal parks, dog walking parks, we hope to have agility training courses.”
So far, the non profit organization has $35,000 dollars in savings.
Pike Animal Shelter representatives and Troy City officials want to partner with other organizations and are hoping for public and private donations.
The new shelter will cost around $250,000 thousand dollars to build.
If you would like to contribute to the Pike Animal Shelter, you can contact them through their website: http://pikeanimals.org/.