The crowd of approximately 70 people was excited to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new home for the Friday Harbor Animal Shelter.
“We want to thank you for coming out despite the weather,” said APS Board President Carolyn Haugen, as the wind blew through the welcoming tent.
Haugen then proceeded to turn the microphone over to Vice President Jaime Ellsworth, who thanked the many people involved, including donors, volunteers, New Hope Committee members and shelter staff. Ellsworth described the new facility, which will be large enough to have separate areas for cats and dogs, a large outside play area, a canine maternity area, and an adoption bonding room, where families can meet with their potential new animal family member.
The new facility also has designs for walking trails through the five-acre lot. The plans also include a veterinary examination room and surgery area for spaying and neutering, as well as a recovery room, which according to Ellsworth, will save the shelter thousands of dollars a year, not to mention keeping the animal from the additional travel trauma of getting to the vet.
According to the shelter’s timeline, construction is anticipated to be completed next year, and they will begin the process of moving the animals into the new space.