Capital Humane Society unveils new center plans

The Capital Humane Society has announced plans to build a new animal adoption center at 70th and Highway 2.

Bob Downey, executive director of the Capital Humane Society, announced plans to build the new center to better serve the growing animal population in Lancaster County.

“The Capital Humane Society has launched a $2.9 million capital campaign to build a facility to serve the growing animal population and help more animals find a new home,” says Downey.

Businesses, individuals, community leaders and foundations have provided initial support.  The 2.5 acre parcel of land to house the facility is located at 70th and Highway 2 near the Home Depot in south Lincoln.

The Peter Kiewit Foundation and an anonymous trust have each issued challenge grants, and the Society asks the community to help reach the goal to build the facility.

Last year, the shelter accepted nearly 9,000 dogs, cats and other animals.  Downey says the 43-year-old facility is no longer able to meet the demands of the growing human and pet populations in Lincoln and Lancaster County.

The existing shelter on Park Blvd. will continue to accept pets surrendered by families who can no longer care for them.  It will also house lost and stray animals brought in by city and county officials. 

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