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The following article was posted on January 16th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 13, Issue 45 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 13, Issue 45

The big new dog (and cat) house

BY FRANK GONZALES

The Santa Maria Valley Humane Society and its residents will soon benefit from shiny new digs. The upgraded facility is currently under construction off of Stowell Road in Santa Maria. On Jan. 26, the public is invited to stop by and check out the progress between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. At the same time, the Humane Society is still seeking funding to finish the new buildings.


Animal house:
The Santa Maria Valley Humane Society’s residents will be moving to a new facility that will soon be holding a public preview.
PHOTO COURTESY OF JILL TUCKER

“We’re about 70 percent funded. We’ve raised over $2.8 million and we need about a total of $4 million to complete it in its entirety. That said, we’re probably only a couple hundred thousand [dollars] away from finishing the elements we need to finish [relocating to] our current operations,” said Jill Tucker, executive director for the Santa Maria Valley Humane Society.

Visitors at the “Pet Project Preview” will be treated to a tour, refreshments, a raffle, and music.

“We will have someone out front to greet them, and what we’re going to do is just group people together and give them each a little passport card so that they can go through the tour,” Tucker explained. “They visit eight different tour stations [and] learn about that part of the building. At each station they will get their card punched, and then at the end they can grab a snack and enter to win a raffle prize. It’s really a preview of the new facility. We’re going to tour people through it, let them see how close we are to getting it done, and solicit more support to finish it.”

Attendees and anyone else interested in helping out also have a number of ways to donate.

“We’ve got a lot of naming opportunities available, ranging anywhere form $100 to have a photo tile of your pet put in the building on up to $1,000,000 to have the entire building [named] after you,” Tucker said.

Want to immortalize Sparky, Fido, or Rex while helping their disadvantaged cousins? For more information about the event—to be held at the new facility under construction at 1687 W. Stowell Road—call 349-3435 or go to smvhs.org.

Intern Frank Gonzales compiled this week’s Community Corner. Send comments or ideas to the Sun via e-mail at intern@santamariasun.com.