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Western Arizona Humane Society announces tours of new shelter next month

October 30, 2018

The Western Arizona Humane Society will host a “Furry Fun Fair” next month, offering tours of its nearly-completed new facility on Sweetwater Avenue.

Since 2015, more than $1 million has been raised toward the renovation of a new Western Arizona Humane Society animal shelter. The location, once a regional field office for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, has undergone renovations including new plumbing, restructuring, new drainage and electrical systems and more to accommodate Lake Havasu City’s four-legged friends. After more than a year of construction, the organization will allow tours of the facility 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 3.

“We’ll be accepting donations of $1 to $1 million for a tour of the facility,” Humane Society Executive Director Patty Gillmore said Friday. “We’re giving the tour to people who genuinely support the Humane Society, and wish to donate.”

Donations from the “Furry Fun Fair” will go toward the Humane Society’s operations, pending the organization’s move to its new facility next year. The new shelter, located at 2610 Sweetwater Ave., offers about 18,000 square feet of floor space – enough to consolidate the organization’s intake, veterinary and shelter operations.

At a final cost of about $2.3 million, the Humane Society is still campaigning to raise money toward the continued renovation and eventual purchase of the building. The new facility will replace a nearly unventilated, unheated, uncooled, 40-year-old facility on Empire Drive.

The extra space will be needed, Gillmore said, as the Western Arizona Humane Society receives additional stray cats from Kingman. According to Gillmore, the organization as of this month sheltered 118 cats, with 24 kittens having arrived Thursday alone.

“The best part of the new shelter will be our feline center,” Gillmore said. “It will be a whole area just for cats … at the moment, our cats are spread out over three buildings, and that makes it very hard on our staff.”

The humane society will offer cats for adoption at reduced rates for “National Cat Day” which is today (Oct. 29). Cats of seven years or older will be available for $15 each, while cats between one and 7 will be available for adoption at $40 each.

The event will be followed Nov. 9 with a “Kitty-Palooza” event at PetSmart, from noon to 3 p.m., where more cats will be made available for adoption.