Jun 23, 2011 5:53 PM by David Ortiviz

A new palace for unwanted pooches

It was moving day for man's best friend. "Paws for Life", Pueblo's only no-kill animal shelter, has a new building that's part of a six million dollar complex. "Oh my goodness, we're just so excited," said Beverly Kachel, one of the managers at the shelter. She says the new shelter, which cost 1.5 million, puts the old one to shame. "Our old building was not very updated to be kind about it," said Kachel.

Inside there are sixteen new kennels, design features to incorporate green technology, and play pens with climbing toys. There's also an unfinished community room for future classes and vet care, with room to grow inside and out. "By the time we get through with everything we will have a bark park, an agility course, and a doggy day care," said Kachel. Services will be open to the public for a fee. Money, the shelter says, will help them continue their mission.

As a no kill animal animal shelter, they take strays, unwanted pets, and even dogs from the other animal shelter. They keep them at the shelter until they can find permanent homes for them. Four hundred dogs were adopted last year and they expect that number to grow. The old shelter could hold about 50 dogs, but the new one will house up to 150 dogs and 60 cats. When, will that happen? "As soon as you write us a check," said Kachel. The shelter is still trying to raise about five million dollars to finish this new complex, which some say has gone to the dogs.

A school teacher who passed away, left 3 million dollars to "Paws" which helped fund most of what has been completed so far. The shelter plans to have a grand opening on July 23.



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