EUGENE, Ore. -- Hundreds of people attended Greenhill Humane Society’s groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion to their animal shelter Thursday night.
KEZI spoke with Sasha Elliott, the director of operations with Greenhill Humane Society. She said this expansion has been in the works for 10 years.
Elliott said this is the first phase of their $5.6 million campaign to improve the lives of homeless, abandoned and neglected animals.
They plan on replacing their 60-year-old dog kennel building with a new, nearly 12,000 square-foot state-of-the-art dog housing and care building. Elliott said they will also make improvements to Greenhill’s cat housing, expand parking and make other upgrades to the site.
"Our facilities are aging. They're inadequate, and this new building project will enable us to provide even better behavioral and eventually medical care for those animals,” Elliott said. “In addition, it will be much easier for members of our community to access Greenhill's services and the animals in our care."
She said the construction of the first phase should be done by January. The shelter will be open during construction.