EUGENE, Ore. -- Greenhill Humane Society has raised enough money to begin construction at their Green Hill Road location. The $2.1 million will be used to build, expand and remodel the facilities.
The money raised is short of the $5.6 million goal but is enough to move the project forward.
Sasha Elliott, Director of Operations at Greenhill, said the project is nearly ten years in the making.
“We have spent a tremendous amount of time doing research, working with local construction and architects, and deciding what the community needs and what the animals need in this community so that we can provide a better quality of care for them,” Elliott said.
The first phase of the project will replace the 60-year-old dog kennel building with a new, 12,000-square-foot dog housing and care building.
“There’s much better opportunity to care for animals in a lower-stress, higher-safety environment,” Elliott said.
The cat housing will be improved, parking will be expanded and other upgrades will be made to the site as well.
The shelter will remain open during construction.
Crews will start construction Wednesday, June 13, and expect to be done in about a year.
Greenhill is continuing to raise funds for the project. To learn more or to donate, visit the humane shelter's website.