Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin to purchase land in Rock County for new shelter

Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin to purchase land in Rock County for new shelter

The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin announced Thursday that they will buy property in Rock County in order to build a new shelter, according to a news release.

The animal protection agency had been attempting to acquire the land for two years, and has the option to buy 25 additional acres on top of the guaranteed 20, according to the release. The shelter’s current home is severely outdated, and executive director Brett Frazier said it is currently like running “a 1960s dog pound.”

“A lot has changed in animal sheltering over the decades since this facility was designed and built. A new facility will become an asset to our work. The current facility is sometimes an anchor weighing us down and holding us back,” Frazier said in the release.

A review conducted in 2016 found the shelter’s current building to be 9,000 square feet too small. Some staff members work in closets to conserve space, and the shelter’s veterinary operations are run out of a box truck parked behind the building, according to the release.

The humane society will launch a fundraising campaign to generate the necessary $4.5 million to build the new facility. Frazier said the campaign will begin sometime in 2018.