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Miami Animal Shelter Will Grow Five Times its Current Size

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"Come here, you ready to go to rescue, huh? You ready to go to rescue?"

Miami animal adoption director Shanda Schertz gets a Rottweiler ready to go to a rescue in Joplin. Many of Miami's animals have to be sent out of state or put in foster programs because of increased demand after an Ottawa County shelter closed down in November.

"This being the only facility in Miami, the rates have increased tremendously. And the option does exist for euthanasia however we do try to send them to rescues, we get them spayed and neutered and try to find them homes,” says Schertz.

With about 20% more animals coming in the city has decided to expand the areas only existing shelter to take about triple the amount of animals it currently serves. 

“The need is here and now that the spring is coming on and weather's changing and there's gonna be more animals out and about,” says Miami's Animal Welfare Director Mike Furnas.

Eventually this tiny little shelter will be five times the size, giving animals plenty of room to stretch their legs and roam around.

The new 5,000 square foot structure will house up to sixty dogs and twenty cats. The 3 x 8 runs will double and size, which will help technicians dry sanitized cages and help eliminate the spread of disease.

“This one's not very operator friendly, because there's so many animals in such a short space the cross contamination can occur,” says Furnas.

There will be space for a visiting veterinarian and more room for exercise.

The new shelter will also be friendlier to guests with a large waiting room and receiving area.


The city is getting bids for the project in the next several weeks. The kennel will be built separate from the reception and office area to allow for more ventilation.


The shelter has also set up a 501c3 foundation. Donations can be made in person at the city's Finance Department office or by calling 918-542-6685.

 


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