Border Paws Animal Shelter aims to fix up its new home this fall

The Border Paws Animal Shelter is looking to occupy its new building by Nov. 1, according to President Chelsie Green.

The nonprofit organization hosted a guided tour of its new facility Wednesday night at 5206-63 Street.

Green says like any build, they’ve faced challenges as well as COVID-related delays, but funding remains a big issue.

“We are aiming for around $750,000. So we got a lot of questions about why this is so important. The majority of the reason is that we saved money for this construction project which is on hold. It’s been backed up for a while now. Unfortunately, the costs are going up and things are getting more expensive,” she says.

Several members of the community came to see the vision of the new animal shelter,

Deputy Mayor Glenn Fagnan tours the Border Paws animal shelter with President Chelsie Green. [Photo: Gerry Lampow 106.1 The Goat/Vista Radio]

including Deputy Mayor Glenn Fagnan. Additionally, members of the community came out to provide financial support, such as a Gold Horse Casino donation of $1,000.

The new building is over 6,600 square feet and Green details some of the options they are looking forward to using.

“Our new facility will have three cat rooms and an exam room in the front where we will have adoptable cats, as well as an area for vaccines, that sort of thing and it’s completely separate from the area for dogs. Right now, in our current shelter, everyone is sort of mixed together in one place. So it’s a bit chaotic. As you walk through the rear doors, you will see a fully accessible public restroom, a multi-purpose dog area and a multi-purpose cat area.

Green adds that these areas will be used for public events, community involvement and volunteerism as they coordinate contributions from community partners such as Bea Fisher and Thorpe Recovery Centers.

The animal shelter will have a dog adoption unit, as well as separate isolation and observation areas for cats and dogs, each with separate ventilation systems to reduce the spread of infections, Green says.

Green says anyone wanting to help can get in touch with the Border Paws animal shelter. The group is still available at its old location, the Lloydminster SPCA.

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