“For years we have been planning and researching what choice is best to impact the lives of so many animals in our community, and we are now moving forward in the right direction to make this vision a reality,” he added.
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The humane society wants to build an adoption center on Austin as part of a growth plan that would eventually include a “high-volume” spay/neuter clinic at its Dayton headquarters. The clinic would handle 20,000 to 25,000 animals annually, up from it current 4,000, according to the society.
The organization also is aiming to have a cruelty/neglect structure that can better house large-scale cases as well as large-breed animals that have been rescued from abusive situations, according to a news release.
It also wants to have a full-service animal hospital at its 1661 Nicholas Road headquarters, according to the release.
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The purchase of 2673 Austin Boulevard land appears the most immediate of the plans, with a letter of intent already in place, according to township documents.
The society has decided “that we need an adoption facility in a high-traffic area that will gain more exposure to the animals in our care, which will ultimately find more animals forever homes faster,” according to the organization.
“If we move forward with this land,” according to the society, “the only (animal) facility that will be located at the Austin Landing location at this time will be the adoption center.”
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The society has also agreed “to assist with an issue that is an ongoing item for many communities – the issue of feral cats,” Miami Twp. Community Development Director Chris Snyder said.
“The humane society has agreed for a period of about five years….to provide spay and neuter services for those felines for that time frame for the unowned population,” he added.
The Austin land is with the Miami Twp.-Dayton Joint Economic Development District, making a payroll generated from the facility subject to income tax collection, Snyder said.
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VISION FOR FUTURE
-Tackle the community's pet overpopulation;
-Expand the ability to care for animals who are abused;
-Provide more homes for pets in need;
-Assist struggling families in taking better care of their pets.
SOURCE: Humane Society of Greater Dayton